The best books to read for every type of reader

Our edit of the very best books to read while you're at home, from chilling crime and thriller books to incredible literary fiction.

24/03/2020
6 minutes to read

Immersing ourselves in a good book gives us the chance to escape the world and ease our worries for a little while. More time spent at home means more time to catch up on all those books you’ve always wanted to read, and once you’ve finished your to be read pile, we have plenty of recommendations for what to read over the coming weeks, whether you’re looking for the must-read books in your favourite genre or are looking to challenge yourself with something new. We’re using this time to indulge in our favourite hobby and expand our reading horizons, we hope you are too!

The best self-care books of 2020

Start the new decade on the right foot with our pick of the best self-care and self-improvement books to read in 2020.

The best self-care books of 2020

The best crime and thriller books of 2020

Here's our edit of the most exciting crime and thriller books of 2020, as well as the best thrillers and crime novels of 2019.

The best crime and thriller books of 2020

The best fantasy books of 2020

We take a look at the most anticipated fantasy novels coming in 2020, and round up the best fantasy books of 2019.

The best fantasy books of 2020

The best epic fantasy book series through the ages

From Lord of the Rings to A Song of Ice and Fire, we delve into the history of epic fantasy to bring you a selection of the very best epic fantasy book series.

The best epic fantasy series

The best science fiction books of 2020

We take a look at the most exciting new sci-fi books we can't wait to read in 2020, as well as the best science fiction novels of 2019. 

The best science fiction books of 2020

The best true crime books

Our edit of the very best true crime books, from Truman Capote’s pioneering In Cold Blood to Carol Ann Lee’s The Murders at White House Farm

The best true crime books

The best historical fiction of all time

Our edit of the best historical novels ever, perfect for immersing yourself in another time and place.

The best historical fiction

The best dystopian novels of all time

Our edit of the best dystopian novels ever written, from classic authors like George Orwell, Margaret Atwood and Aldous Huxley.

The best dystopian novels of all time

The best literary fiction of 2020

With highly anticipated new novels from Man Booker Prize winners and exciting debuts from diverse voices, 2020 is shaping up to be a remarkable year for literary fiction.

The best literary fiction

Jane Healey on the best gothic novels

Dark foreboding houses, sinister housekeepers and psychological thrills abound in The Animals at Lockwood Manor author’s favourite gothic fiction.

Jane Healey on the best gothic novels

The best long books to while away the hours at home

Our edit of the best big books over 600 pages, perfect for snuggling up with at home.

The best long books

Classic books to read at least once in your lifetime

From the gothic horror of Frankenstein to the social satire of Pride and Prejudice, here is our edit of the classic books to read before you die.

Classic books to read at least once in your lifetime

The best short story collections

From the gothic horror of Edgar Allan Poe to the literary brilliance of Dima Alzayat, here is our edit of the best short story collections.

The best short story collections

The best LGBTQ+ books

Our edit of the best books exploring LGBTQ+ experiences and relationships, for LGBT+ History Month and beyond.

The best LGBTQ+ books

The best non-fiction books of 2020

From Andrew Marantz's exploration of America's Alt-right in Antisocial to Marie Kondo's Joy at Work – here are just a few of the best non-fiction books of 2020.

The best non-fiction books of 2020

Book recommendations from your favourite authors

We asked authors from Jeffrey Archer to Peter F. Hamilton to share the books they’d recommend.

Book recommendations from your favourite authors

Books to curl up with at home

Whether you want to wrap yourself up in a fluffy love story or challenge yourself with a classic novel you’ve always meant to read, here’s a selection of books to cosy up on the sofa with.

Books to curl up with

The most popular books of the last one hundred years

What makes a book into a bestseller? Here we share just some of the biggest bestsellers of the last hundred years – if you haven’t read them already, you’ll want to add them to your must-read list.

The most popular books of the last one hundred years