Style List: 29 brilliant reads as chosen by Florence Welch’s book club

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Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine and Leah Moloney founded their book club, Between Two Books, in 2012 after a teenage fan asked her for advice on what to read. Today, the community boasts almost 120,000 followers across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and has become a beloved source of reading recommendations for music and literature fans alike.

Stylist’s guest editor Adwoa Aboah chose to make Between Two Books the focus of the Style List.

“Between Two Books is a really cool book club and I am always looking for people to tell me what they’re reading, so I wanted to compile their ultimate list of must-reads,” she says.

Read on for 29 thought-provoking reads, as chosen by members of Between Two Books. 

  • Juliano Zaffino, 23

    “The writing in this novel has an energy that makes me feel like Lauren Groff’s world is the real one and ours is just a pale imitation.”

  • Lola Olufemi, 23

    “An exploration of how blackness exists outside of the intelligibility of citizenship that asks: who is human and who is treated as such?”

  • Cazz Blase, 40

    “Subtitled ‘Panic and Progress in the History of Young Women’, this is a razor-sharp analysis of female moral panic. It’s great.”

  • Emma Herron, 30

    “A New York Times murder story that then became a chilling ‘non-fiction novel’ and piqued my interest in true crime.”

  • Fábio Casanova, 21

    “Amy Liptrot shows us how nature is able to provide us with the strength we need to overcome our own ghosts.”

  • Lotte Houghton, 26

    “Even though this is an introspective book, the plot and characters are so compelling. I recommend this novel to everyone.”

  • Lea Moloney, 22

    “Jay Griffiths’ memoir is a beautifully lyrical and courageous account of what it’s really like to live with manic depression.”

  • Marco Zavaleta, 26

    “A novel that remains perfectly relevant up to this day, we learn through a six-year-old how the world works, how society works.”

  • Victoria Larroque, 23

    “When reading Deborah Levy’s essay, it’s as if you too are rolling oranges beneath your feet and mourning the loss of a snowman.”

  • Emma Macnaught, 20

    “Stephanie Danler perfectly captures the raw, fast assault on the senses that is restaurant life. No other book is quite like it.”

  • Ignacio Pajín, 19

    “Written in just five and a half weeks, Goethe’s The Sorrows Of Young Werther is flamboyant, bittersweet, stylish and trend-setting.”

  • Callan Hodge, 21

    “Art, love, desire, loss, (and adventure). Can anything make this one life worthwhile? Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch burns with pure love.”

  • Jessica Costello, 21

    How To Be Famous is an endearing Britpop rollercoaster that blurs the lines between present-day America and 1995 London.”

  • Adwoa Aboah, 26

    “A must-read if you think there isn’t light at the end of the tunnel. This would have done wonders when I was at my darkest. Matt Haig is my hero.”

  • Luke Lorance, 26

    “American writer Mira Gonzalez’s debut collection of poems is painfully raw but simultaneously matter-of-fact.”

  • Zosha Nash, 29

    “Ancient Greek scholars commit an American murder. Donna Tartt’s best-selling novel is compelling, violent and cerebral.”

  • Ruby Ashby, 16

    “A glimpse into Joan Didion’s notebook evokes the bizarre beauty of Seventies America. She lifts you up to pin you down again.”

  • Blanche Berthelier, 37

    “A life-changing read that acts as a deep, elating echo to everyone’s personal longing for hope in our lives.”

  • Rachel Tay, 23

    “Distilling life, death and everything in between into a quiet meditation, this novel is a glimmering isle of hope amidst chaos.”

  • Sophie Putze, 26

    “Autobiographical essays on growing up in Fifties Hollywood. Writer and muse Eve Babitz shares her experiences and her fondness for taquitos.”

  • Jennifer Tester, 22

    “Gail Honeyman paints a raw, emphatic, honest and frequently heartbreaking picture of what it means to be lonely.”

  • Mags Fraczek, 24

    “A story of love, grief, human despair and desire. These emotions all shift within narrator Max’s mind like waves in the sea.”

  • Beth Stavros, 32

    “Morgan Nikola-Wren’s poetry collection forms a modern-day fairy tale that’s an anthem for the fighters and romantics everywhere.”

  • Kate Haselden, 19

    “Max Porter’s debut novella on loss and grieving is a beautiful, unrelenting lament full of rhyme breaks and changes.”

  • Aicha Nesrine, 20

    “I saw this sci-fi YA novel in the library and someone made a playlist to accompany it, which is how I found Florence + The Machine.”

  • Stefanie Lomas, 38

    “Emily Koch’s writing transported me into an inner world. The fight of the novel’s hero, Alex, became my fight too.”

  • Betty Stephens, 27

    Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss is a small but powerful novel of nature, tension and brutality that will blow you away.”

  • Ghalia Alabdulkader, 28

    “This beautiful memoir by Emma Forrest offers her own recollection of passionate, almost Shakespearean, love.”

  • Shalenah Ivey, 22 

    “A baptism of fire, of roses, of earth. This poetry collection submerges the reader right into Dominic Anton’s heart.”

We’re celebrating Stylist’s 10th birthday in 2019 – and to honour the occasion, we’ve asked 10 of our favourite women to guest edit an issue of the magazine. Adwoa Aboah is our second star guest editor; see everything from her special issue here

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