BOOKS WE LOVE

This is a selection of books one, many or all of us at VIVA have read and absolutely love. We change this list often as we will read a new book and simply have to have it on our list.


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Reading Level:very good
Awards:Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2015. Bailey's Shortlist 2016

Brace yourself for the most astonishing, challenging, upsetting, and profoundly moving book in many a season. An epic about love and friendship in the twenty-first century that goes into some of the darkest places fiction has ever traveled and yet somehow improbably breaks throu... read more

A Little Life

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Where have I come from? From the land of rivers, the land of waterfalls, the land of ancient chants, the land of mountains... In 2013, Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani was illegally detained on Manus Island. He has been there ever since.People would run to the moun... read more

No Friend but the Mountains

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Awards:2018 Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year Winner of the 2018 Costa Novel Award  

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2018 MAN BOOKER PRIZE   A wondrous and wise coming-of-age love story from the celebrated author of Conversations with Friends   At school Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He's popular and well-adjusted, star of the school football te... read more

Normal People

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For fans of The Book Thief, a powerful and heartbreaking story set during WW2 that stays with you long after the final page is read.
Margot Baumann hasleft school to take up her sister's job in the mailroom of a large prison. Butthis is Germany in 1944, and the prison ... read more

The Love That I Have

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Reading Level:very good
Awards:WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018 A New York Times Notable Book of 2017 A Washington Post Top Ten Book of 2017 A San Francisco Chronicle Top Ten Book of 2017 Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, the Lambda Award and the California Book Award.

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018 'You will sob little tears of joy' Nell Zink 'I recommend it with my whole heart' Ann Patchett 'I adore this book' Armistead Maupin 'Charming, languid and incredibly funny, I absolutely adored Arthur' Jenny Colgan 'Marvellously, endearin... read more

Less: A Novel

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Jaxie dreads going home. His mum?s dead. The old man bashes him without mercy, and he wishes he was an orphan. But no one?s ever told Jaxie Clackton to be careful what he wishes for. In one terrible moment his life is stripped to little more than what he can carry and how he c... read more

The Shepherd's Hut

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'Educated is a remarkable memoir of a young woman raised in a survivalist family in Idaho who strives for education while still showing great understanding and love for the world she leaves behind.'
- BARACK OBAMA ________________________ Tara Westover grew up prepari... read more

Educated: A Memoir

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Series:Penguin Celebrations
Awards:Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003.  

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The Secret History

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Soon to be a Hulu limited series, starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington
 
Named a Best Book of the Year by: People, The Washington Post, Bustle, Esquire, Southern Living, The Daily Beast, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Amazon, Barnes & No... read more

Little Fires Everywhere

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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! The twisty new thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door and A Stranger in the House A weekend retreat at a cozy mountain lodge is supposed to be the perfect getaway . . . but when the storm hits, no one ... read more

An Unwanted Guest

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'Extraordinary...smart, sophisticated, suspenseful - and important. If you try one new thing this year, make it Star of the North.'LEE CHILD'Tense and compelling.? James Swallow, Sunday Timesbestselling author of NOMADNorth Korea and the USA are on the brink of warA young Am... read more

Star of the North

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Series:The Chronicles of Kaya

The people of Kaya die in pairs. When one lover dies, the other does too. So it has been for thousands of years - until Ava. For although her bondmate, Avery, has been murdered and Ava's soul has been torn in two, she is the only one who has ever been strong enough to cling to life. Vowing... read more

Avery