Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carré. I wrote a review of this here and you’re probably better off just reading that instead. Basically I really really liked this book and no other spy novel can compare to it (but you should know I haven’t read many other spy novels).
Europe at Midnight by Dave Hutchinson. I think the idea behind this book is really good. It’s essentially a spy novel with a little bit of sci-fi added on. But then it goes weird with all of these pocket universes and it gets really confusing and I didn’t like it.
The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson. I really enjoy Bill Bryson’s books but in this it kind of felt like he was turning into a grumpy old man. It still had bits of a travel journal but the book was mostly about Bryson visiting places he had been to 30 years before and complaining because they had changed. Not even joking at one point he writes about how he went into H&M on Oxford Street thinking it was Marks and Spencers and somehow he made it out that it was the employees fault because he went into the wrong shop. That’s not funny thats being an a*hole.
The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne. This is a sci-fi book set in India where the main character has to journey on a bridge across the Arabian Sea to find out what happens to her parents. It gets a massive plus from me for being so diverse and it’s also a really good adventure novel.
On Bowie by Rob Sheffield. This is just a short biography of Bowie written after he died. I’m not trying to say some of my readers are old but if you were around in the 70s and 80s you may not want to read this just because you probably already know most of what this book talks about. It gives a little background information to some of his more famous songs and what he was doing around the time he wrote them. I dunno, my Dad wants to read it. Is that a good enough recommendation?