Your Book Recommendations

This page is for you! I’m looking for books to read too. If you’ve got a book you’d like to recommend, leave a comment below.

Readers most recent book recommendations are at the bottom of this page.

[You can buy any of the recommended books with free delivery worldwide by clicking on the links below]

x Julie

Book Reviews – Reading Like Rabbits


Books You’ve Recommended:

Picture 1Click to buy The God Delusion

Picture 1Click to buy Shantaram

Picture 2Click to buy The Secret History

Picture 3Click to buy My Family & Other Animals

Picture 2Click to buy The Time Traveler’s Wife

Picture 1Click to buy Owl Babies

Picture 2Click to buy Peepo!

Picture 3Click to buy Each Peach Pear Plum

Picture 4Click to buy The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Picture 2Click to buy Phoebe and the Hot Water Bottles

Click to buy Damaged by Cathy Glass

Click to buy Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Click to buy My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Click to buy Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

Click to buy Precious by Sapphire

Click to buy Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult

Click to buy Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult

Click here to buy Remembrance by Jude Deveraux

Click here to buy Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Click here to buy English Passengers by Matthew Kneale

Click here to buy The Women’s Room by Marilyn French

Click here to buy Palestine by Joe Sacco

Click here to buy A Million Little Pieces by James Frey

Click here to buy Essays In Love by Alain de Botton

Book Recommendation by Shoaib Chadkhan
Click here to buy The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Book Recommendation by Shoaib Chadkhan
Click here to buy the book Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham
Book Recommendation by Shoaib Chadkhan
Click here to buy the book The Bridges of Madison County by  Robert James Waller

Book Recommendation by J King
Click here to buy the book When Kingmakers Speak by Nathan Veerasamy



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50 comments!!!

  1. jason says:

    I recommend The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins … a fascinating insight to religion and belief systems that we take for granted.

  2. Sheila says:

    I recommend Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. It’s based on the life of the author who escaped from an Australian prison and then travels as a fugitive to India. It’s a book I want to read again and again!

    Here’s a quote from the first words of the novel:
    “It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured.”

  3. Shuyi Liao says:

    My recommendation is: The Secret History by Donna Tartt. Its a FANTASTIC BOOK!

  4. Tarnima Sabed says:

    This is such a cool idea! …. okay have you read Gerald Durrell’s My Family and Other Animals (the Corfu trilogy) it is superbly witty and i think you’ll love it.

  5. Kexin Veracia says:

    I love novels that turned into block busters… :)

  6. Jason says:

    I am looking for picture books for my nephew and niece who are turning 2years old in March. What children’s books can you recommend?

  7. Sheila says:


    Hi Jason,
    I would recommend:
    Owl Babies by Martin Waddell- that’s a really sweet book, and some books come with an owl soft toy.
    Peepo and Each Peach Pear Plum both by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
    and
    The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr – this one has a CD with the audio recording of the story.
    I read all these books to my children when they were young.
    Your nephew and niece are not even 2 yet, so their parents will of course have to read aloud to them, but they will grow into reading them by themselves.

  8. Nicky says:

    I LURVEd The Tiger who came to Tea, they do a great box set with cute china for the people you know giving birth to little tigers this year :)

    Have you read the kids book – Phoebe and the hot water bottles? another one of my childhood favourites, nicely illustrated.

  9. Kimberly says:

    Hi Julie,
    I came across your site after watching your latest play – “To Kill A Mockingbird”. Must have said i loved your acting, and its my first time going for a play, courtesy of my school. Thanks to you and Jae for making me fall in love with plays.

    One book that i’ll recommend, is “Damaged” by Cathy Glass. Cathy writes under a pseudonym and she poignantly chronicles her time together with this girl called Jodie. Cathy is a foster mom. Jodie isn’t your average child, she’s a bit slow and you know, kind of mentally retarded.

    Reading the struggles that both Cathy and Jodie, as well as Cathy’s three children face with the coming of Jodie into the family, it really brings tears to your eyes. Its so well written you wouldn’t believe its like, one of Cathy’s first books. The way she writes, it really connects with your heart. It kind of made me want to be a foster parent in the future, but i guess i’ll start fostering some children once i grow old. Ha! Ha! I’ve still got a long way to go, i’m not even 15 yet.

    I hope you do pick up the book and read through it, its really worth a read. One of my most favourite books of all time. :)

    • juliewee says:

      Dear Kimberly,

      Thank you so much for your comment and recommendation. I’m really glad you enjoyed the play and I will pass on your message to Jae =)

      I haven’t heard of ‘Damaged’ before, but I will definitely read it a.s.a.p. after your rave review. I looked Cathy Glass up and she seems to have written quite a few books about children with troubled pasts. Have you read any of her other books?

      Feel free to recommend more books, and tell your friends about the site!

      x Julie

    • Kimberly says:

      Hi Julie,
      Today marks one week and one day since i’ve watched the play :P I’ve enjoyed it so much i feel like going to watch the play again. I’ll be keeping a lookout for your next plays…!

      Its so funny as i read your comment that i can actually visualize you talking. Hmm, really my idol!

      I’ve got all her books! :) There’s ‘Hidden’, ‘Damaged’, ‘Cut’, ‘The Saddest Girl in The World’ and i think she has a few more books planned out for the next few years. You can check you http://cathyglass.co.uk for a list of all her books. The only book i do not have is her self-help guide. There’s two books scheduled to be out this year so i’m really crossing my fingers that it’ll arrive FAST at Kinokuniya! It takes forever to see her new book appear on the shelves of Kinokuniya.

      And i’ve another favourite author - Jodi Picoult! The first book i read, was “My Sister’s Keeper”, around 2 years before the movie came out. I’ve fallen in love with her style of writing that i currently have all her books and i just blew another $30 yesterday getting her latest book, “House Rules”.

      Thank you very much for your site because i’m a fussy reader too. (:

    • juliewee says:


      Hi Kimberly,

      Wow, you read a lot! Maybe you can check out when the Cathy Glass’s new books come out on ‘The Book Depository’. You can click on any of the titles or pictures on my site to get to there. You can pre-order books from there. It may take a week or two after the release date to arrive, but it may be faster than Kinokuniya. And there’s free delivery.

      Glass’s next book is out in 25 days: The Girl in the Mirror

      And she’s also got another book out in 207 days. It’s yet to be titled.

      x Julie

    • Kimberly says:

      Hi Julie,
      Making this a quick one before my chinese tuition :) School’s so hectic i don’t know where to start!

      I don’t think i read a lot – its just that most youngsters now don’t even touch a book :/ My friends don’t read at all! And i’m like the odd one out, the “bookworm”, some one that will lose her sanity if she doesn’t touch a book for more than a month. Well i nearly did lose my sanity until To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee saved me life, ha ha ha!

      I lent my friend my story book somewhere in the first week of January and three months later? She’s still at page two.

      That’s seriously awful but i guess this is how people are nowadays. I’ve resisted the temptation of getting a Kindle or those type of electronic readers cause i totally love the feel and the smell of a new book, but my friends don’t even appreciate reading. Hmm…

      I think i’ll get my next few books from The Book Depository! I just need to get my dad’s credit card and i can start my book spree. Tee hee! Thank goodness the March holidays are only 3 days away… *glee*

      Kimberly x

      p/s; by the way, do you have an email address where i can write to? I’d like to ask you some things about theatre. ;) Thanks!

  10. angelina says:


    hi julie,
    i’m currently reading “flowers for algernon” by daniel keyes. it’s about a low IQ boy named charlie who underwent an operation to become smarter. algernon is the name of the lab mouse who had the very first operation and became a lot smarter. but as algernon’s condition took a sudden turn for the worse, what would become of charlie?

    what i like very much about the book is the style of writing – like “Precious”, the beginning of the book (when charlie was still not smart) was written in bad english. and i like charlie’s innocent views of his so-called ‘friends’ at work who really were bullies, and the issue on science and playing god.

    hope you like it too :)

  11. angelina says:

    hi julie, it’s me again.

    i quite like movie tie-ins and here are some of the recent titles i’ve read:
    -shutter island (really can’t wait for the movie! the book is good.)
    -Precious by Sapphire
    -American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
    -also realised that “flowers for algernon” was made into a movie called “charly”

    “american psycho” is on the ‘top 100 books you must read before you die’ list.
    well, i read it but i don’t really like it – too much meaningless violence and sex so i really don’t get why it’s supposed to be good? the movie starred christian bale (banned in sgp but i got it from amazon) is also just as meaningless with plenty of sex and gore.

    check out “precious”. it deals with illiteracy, incest, courage and hope. very real issues. i strongly encourage students who hate school (i was one of them) to read it – the protagonist had to go through so much just to receive an education; it really made me appreciate the things we sometimes take for granted in life.

    gonna start working on my next book – it’s a trilogy translated from swedish language.
    book 1 – the girl with the dragon tattoo
    book 2 – the girl who played with fire
    book 3 – the girl who kicked the hornet’s nest

    very thick books, gonna take some time to enjoy :)

    “A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never. Pass into nothingness; but still will keep. “

    • juliewee says:


      Hi Angelina,

      Thanks for your movie-tie in recommendations. I’ll put Precious and Shutter Island up on the book recommendations page.

      I’d seen Stieg Larsson’s Milliennium Trilogy in stores, but didn’t realise that it was the famous Swedish crime series that I’d heard about ages ago. I also didn’t realise that the books were written posthumously. Do let me know what thought of them once you’ve finished. (even if it may take you a while! =)

      x Julie

  12. Han Yi says:

    Hi Julie! :)

    I see My Sister’s Keeper has already been recommended, but anyway, here are another two of Jodi Picoult’s books which are (to me) really awesome!! They’re Change of Heart and Handle with Care, both of which really get me thinking about life as I read them.

    In Change of Heart, the protagonist has to choose between her beliefs (or maybe in other words, pride) and well, common sense, to save her daughter. (Mind my phrasing, I think it would be more useful if you read the blurb) In Handle with Care, however , the protagonist has to choose between her close friendship with her best friend, and her daughter’s life.

    Another reason why both are delectable reads is that they both offer multiple perspectives of the various characters, especially Change of Heart, where you can see the so-called “bad guy” in a new light, through the eyes of a fellow prisoner.

    Han Yi

    PS. Thanks for the website!! The recommended books seem really interesting, but a pity that my mother has banned me from reading English books because I have too many of them :(

    PPS. I love your TKAM play!! :D

    • juliewee says:

      Hi Han Yi,

      Thanks for your book recommendations! I have an idea, if you finish reading all the English books you already have, maybe your mum will let you read new ones!

      x Julie
      Reading Like Rabbits – Book Recommendations

  13. juliewee says:

    The Remains of the Day by Kazuo IshiguroEnglish Passengers by Matthew KnealeThe Womens Room by Marilyn FrenchI attended Andrea Levy’s book signing at Kinokuniya on Saturday 27 March 2010. Andrea Levy is the author of the Whitbread winner Small Island, which I am reading now, and she is presently promoting her new book The Long Song which took her 6 years to write!

    During Levy’s talk, she recommended her favourite books:

    > Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
    [Levy said that to her, this book is perfection in literature]

    > English Passengers by Matthew Kneale
    [A vicar's ludicrous expedition in 1857 to the Garden of Eden in Tasmania.]

    > The Women’s Room by Marilyn French
    [The book that made Levy a lover of books and pushed her in the direction of becoming an author in her 30s]

    A landmark in feminist literature, THE WOMEN’S ROOM is a biting social commentary of a world gone silently haywire. Written in the 1970s but with profound resonance today, this is a modern allegory that offers piercing insight into the social norms accepted blindly and revered so completely.

    ‘Today’s “desperate housewives” eat your heart out! This is the original and still the best, a page-turner that makes you think. Essential reading’ Kate Mosse
    ‘They said this book would change lives – and it certainly changed mine’ Jenni Murray

    x Julie

  14. tarnima says:

    Palestine by Jow SaccoMaus by Art Spiegelman
    Hi Julie, remembered you read Maus, have you read “Palestine” by Joe Sacco
    I am recommending this (graphic novel) to you, it is excellent.
    I have it in my room in Singapore, you can ask davina to collect. heh heh.

    love from maroc,
    T

    • juliewee says:

      Stolen Lives, memoir by Malika Oufkir
      Hi Tarn,
      No, I havent read ‘Palestine‘, but I’ve heard of it. I’d love to read it, thanks, I will convince Davina to get it for me. Hope life is good in Morocco! Have you read the autobiographies ‘Stolen Lives‘ and ‘Freedom‘ by Malika Oufkir? The Moroccan King put her, her 5 siblings and her mother in jail for 20 years because her father tried to overthrow the king. Insane story!
      x Julie

  15. Ryan says:

    A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
    Hey Julie,

    How are you? Anyway, I’m dead bored at work and saw another one of your review alerts on facebook and decided to drop a recommendation, which was recommended to me by Ian (Goon).

    I’m not sure whether you’ve read/heard about A Million Little Pieces by James Frey but it was a book I knew I would read again long before I finished it the first time and I think you might enjoy it. Awesome stuff.

    Enjoy!

    • juliewee says:

      A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
      Hey Ryan!

      Yes, I’ve read A Million Little Pieces, I read it on holiday in Bintan and was completely hooked. It’s an extremely good book, great recommendation!

      There was some controversy over it in January 2006 when it was exposed that the book contained fabrications and was not actually a completely factual memoir. The version of the book I have was published after this, and contains a forward by Frey with an apology for embellishing his memoir. So I read it knowing that it was part fiction. It didn’t matter, its a frightfully good book. The part near the beginning at the dentist’s…!!! And the end made me cry and cry.

      Thanks for your recommendation Ryan. Be bored at work more often and recommend more! =)
      x
      Julie

  16. Nelson Lau says:

    Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi AliEssays in LoveI just bought Infidel…will be interested to read your review on Nomad :)
    Just finished Alain De Botton’s “Essays in Love” which was excellent…add it to your list!

    “Essays in Love” will appeal to anyone who has ever been in a relationship or confused about love. The book charts the progress of a love affair from the first kiss to argument and reconciliation, from intimacy and tenderness to the onset of anxiety and heartbreak. The work’s genius lies in the way it minutely analyses emotions we’ve all felt before but have perhaps never understood so well: it includes a chapter on the anxieties of when and how to say ‘I love you’ and another on the challenges of disagreeing with someone else’s taste in shoes.While gripping the reader with the talent of a great novelist, de Botton brings a philosopher’s sensibility to his analyses of the emotions of love, resulting in a genre-breaking book that is at once touching and thought-provoking.
    [Book Description courtesy of The Book Depository]

  17. J King says:

    Singapore Book: When Kingmakers Speak by Nathan Veerasamy An unusual recommendation of a book from the Far East.

    Recently read this book – WHEN KINGMAKERS SPEAK, a crime mystery based in Eastern Singapore.

    Don’t know whether it’s available in Singapore but I got it from amazon.co.uk.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=when+kingmakers+speak&x=16&y=17

    Rather good, fast paced thriller. It brought back memories of my early life in Singapore.
    Has anyone else read this?

  18. Fantasy says:

    Nice blogs look =) my eyes love it

  19. Leana says:

    Fiction Recommendation: Our Precious Lulu by Anne FineHi Juls,
    I’ve just finished reading, ‘Our Precious Lulu’ by Anne Fine and found it thoroughly enjoyable. It’s about an evil stepsister and her machinations within the family! Cunning dialogue and messy characters make this a great weekend read, I know you will like it!

    xxoo

  20. Dharma says:

    You must read Homer’s, ‘The Odyssey’! It is a classical greek text about the story of Odysseus’ journey home after the Trojan War. It has lots of adventure and is a well-paced, exciting read showcasing Odysseus’ famous cunning as well as his lesser known brutality and strength. It is also a story of romance and perseverance.

  21. Mobile App says:

    I love this site!

  22. Sophia Leo says:

    Hi Julie
    Can you review this book titled ‘Them and Us’ By Will Hutton. I would like to purchase it if it’s good & you sell it online. I saw it on Guardian News website & it’s available in hardback but i prefer a paperback.
    Regular Retail Price: £20.00
    Guardian Bookshop Price: £14.99
    Save: £5.01
    Thank you! :)

    • juliewee says:

      Hi Sophia,

      Thank you for contacting me. I’ve been on holiday for the past month, so just catching up with stuff now. I’ll do my best to get to reading ‘Them and Us’ By Will Hutton. I have a list of books to get through first, but if I manage to read it, I’ll definitely contact you.

      Cheers,
      Julie

    • juliewee says:

      Hi Sophia,

      Thanks for your comment on Reading Like Rabbits and for suggesting ‘Them and Us’ By Will Hutton for me to review. However, Reading Like Rabbit’s specialty is fiction and the occasional memoir, so I won’t be able to review the book. If you have any books you’d like to recommend, do leave a comment on the Your Book Recommendations page: http://readinglikerabbits.com/your-recommendations. Your suggestions can be for books of all genres.

      Cheers,
      Julie

  23. Daphne Wong says:

    Hey Julie,
    it’s Daphne! Hope you are well! (We were in the British council creative writing class together.) Great to see that your website is well received… my book will be published hopefully at the end of this year or Jan 2011 and I would love it if you would review it! It’s called “The Peabody Academy and the Cheese Incident”, the first in a series of 5 books for ages 12+. Here’s the blurb:
    A knife that never needs sharpening. Flying Meringue Messages. Rocking and Rolling cheese. Bright orange beans that bring toys to life and make you blurt out the truth. This is the mad and tasty world of the Peabody Academy of Gastronomie.

    When thirteen-year old Poppy Peabody sniffs out a rare purple truffle, she earns a place at the prestigious academy where youngsters, each Gifted in one of the five senses, are trained in the art of culinary wizardry. But things aren’t as they seem, and Poppy and her new best friend, Nigel Wingbolt, the knife-throwing son of a world-renowned knife-maker, find themselves in a deadly battle that will challenge their skills inside and outside the kitchen.

    Thank you for your attention and I look forward to hearing back from you!

  24. hello my name is stacie williams and i am the author of the house with 9 rooms and i would love for someone to review my book. It is available on amzon and bn.com

    • juliewee says:

      Hi Stacie,

      Thank you for contacting me. I’ve been on holiday for the past month, so just catching up with stuff now. I would be happy to review your book if you send me a copy. If you would like to do this, I can let you know the address to send it to.

      Cheers
      Julie

  25. Rey Kerkman says:

    Love your site man keep up the good work

  26. Hi just thought i’d explain something.. That is twice now i’ve landed on the blog within the last 30 days searching for totally unrelated things. Spooky or what?

  27. Naazli says:

    Hi Juls,
    A book you have to read is Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin! It is lovely, touching story about the author’s growing up years in China towards the end of Chairman Mao’s rule. He talks about the abject poverty of his childhood and his feelings for his family and the opportunities he is given. It could all become very melancholic but he writes with a combination of humour and matter-of-factness that you need to keep turning the pages till you reach the end. You will then feel the need to youtube the author to watch him dance, and go out and watch a ballet, and hug your parents all at the same time :)

  28. Hamilton Taylor says:

    An incredible memoir by an eyewitness to the attack on the WTC on 9/11. Highly recommend.

    http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/That-Day-September-Artie-Van-Why/9781411683150

  29. Hamilton Taylor says:

    “That Day in September” by Artie Van :Why

    a personal memoir of 9/11

  30. Nice Blog !!! your the best

  31. Sarah says:

    The Weeping Empress by Sadie S. Forsythe is a good one if you like epic fantasy. There aren’t any wizards or dragons, but is set in a fictional land.

    http://www.amazon.com/Weeping-Empress-Sadie-S-Forsythe/dp/1257814419/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1329052592&sr=8-1

  32. JoV says:

    Hi, Great site you got here.
    There are many great books out there, I would recommend my favourite recent read as:
    Into the Wild by Jon Krakuer
    The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
    Why be happy when you could be normal? by Jeanette Winterson.
    Recent Orange Prize threw up a few great: The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright and The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller.

    For more recommendation, do visit my bloig at: http://bibliojunkie.wordpress.com/

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