#BoulevardRecommends: books to read!

During this time, we want to help with keeping you entertained so every week we’re going to be asking our fantastic team to recommend a different set of things! This week, it’s the best books we’ve been reading. Take a gander at the list, choose one (or as many as you like!), sit down and have a relaxing read. Let us know which one you enjoy the most on social media using #BoulevardRecommends. We’d love to hear from you!

From Stephen Daly, Production Coordinator

How To Be Both by Ali Smith

A novel all about art’s versatility told from two perspectives, a teenage girl and a 15th-century Renaissance artist. This was shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize and the 2015 Folio Prize.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

A juicy mix of personal stories, sex, love, friendship, parenthood and real-life advice. Open this up for some fun life affirmations!

From Lucie Blockely, Head of Marketing and Sales

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

A brilliant read which combines animated characters, mesmerising language and suspense whilst diving into the enigma of love, identity and art.

The Power by Naomi Alderman

Written by Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year and Granta Best of British Writer comes a captivating story of how the world would change if power was in the hands of women. An epic page-turner.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

Following the lives of two women, two men and a dog during the Soviet occupation of Prague. An exciting page-turner attempting to understand the complexities of live and love.

From Stephanie Prior, Box Office Manager

Tales from Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin

A collection of five stories all set in the fictional Earthsea, two classic stories, two new ones and an exciting novella. Expect magic, romance, action and thrills from Earthsea.

From Emma Groome, Line Producer (Lates and Sunday Service)

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

Set in 2000 in a city full of wealth and possibility; so what could really be wrong for our heroine? This read is a powerful answer to that question as we follow a young women’s efforts to hide from the horror of the world by embarking on an extended journey full of twists and turns.

Runaway by Alice Munro

A great read of extraordinary stories about love – its mystique, betrayals, surprises and bewilderment.

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

A journalistic report on the deliciously gossipy portrait of three women, their sex lives and the risk women will take for excitement.

From Emma Lord, Marketing Assistant

Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton

A book about that mystical dating world, best friends and recognising you are enough! A witty, feel-good, funny read.

The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

Did you see the huge film series of Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant? How about reading them instead? For those who love sci-fi, action and a bit of romance.

From Leon Scott, General Manager

A Confederecy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole from Leon Scott, General Manager

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel following the life of Ignatius J. Reilly, an eccentric, self-absorbed layabout who always seems doomed to failure.

From Joanne Williams, Duty Manager

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

A masterpiece novel, follow Dr. Marina Singh who is embarking upon an uncertain journey into the insect-infested Amazon charged with finding her former mentor. Thrilling adventure awaits.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

A smart, warm and up-lifting read following a not so usual heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey.

From Nikolai Ribnikov, Venue Manager

Quiet by Susan Cain

A non-fiction read on the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking. Cain seeks more inclusion for introverts and gives advice on how they can learn to function in a world ultimately created for extroverts, a powerful read on the relations of human beings.