Sometmies you just have to admit you’re a bookish person.
I’ve recently realised that summer and winter alike make me want to get into a good book – whether I’m curling up under a blanket with a hot mocklate or sprawling out in the back yard on a towel, I like to have a great book to keep me company.
It’s a slow news day today – the lazy heat of summer has deterred me from doing almost anything exciting in favour of relaxing, spending time with friends & family and just living my life instead of documenting it for a change – so in the name of producing content I thought I’d share the items on my reading list right now.
Admittedly, with the distractions at home (cough, mr Kitty, cough) it can sometimes be a long time before I get to finish a book. Sometimes it seems like people only need your attention when you stick your nose into a book.
For that reason, I’m a bit late to the party with a few of these books – forgive me, and don’t give me spoilers!
Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.
I know, I know. This has been on the NY Times Bestseller list for over a year, and I’ve only just bought it. I’ve always been drawn to the grim and peculiar, so the name alone is enough to draw me in. When you throw in phrases like “a mysterious island” and “an abandoned orphanage” I’m pretty much sold. This sounds like a very captivating but twisted tale, and I’m torn between reading it right now or saving it for a holiday.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce.
Having heard this book described as “charming” and “heartbreaking” I couldn’t resist. I’m a sucker for a simple but remarkable story, and a secret project me & my brother are working on makes me think this book will help immensely in our cause.
In short, an old man sets out to deliver a letter to a dying friend. That’s all I need to know for now.
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Oscar Wao is an overweight, LOTR-Loving nerd living in NJ trying to bustle through life despite the curse which has been put on his family. I love a good story about a nerd’s struggles, because I can relate in many ways (even if only because I thought I was the female Seth Cohen during High School). Diaz has also been described as one of the most exciting writers of our time, and I want to be at this party.
Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates
@EverydaySexism will tell you everything you need to know about why I have this book on my wishlist.
This Old Thing by Dawn O’Porter
Fickle, yes. I don’t often read books about fashion. In fact, I think I’ve only ever read 2 other books about fashion in my life. That being said, part of my happiness project is to learn to be less wasteful, and if this book has some tips on customisation and clothes alterations, I could do with the tips.
How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
I’m probably the only self respecting woman in the UK who didn’t manage to get to her book tour for this novel and I’m bitterly disappointed as I think Caitlin Moran is very good for women, in general. She’s been good for me anyway.
Basically this is a novel, from what I can tell, is the semi-autobiographical coming of age story, but likely one with all the lols and truths I’ve come to expect from Caitlin Moran.
In a nutshell, I wish I could ingest all the information by just holding the book, so I don’t suffer the limitations of how quickly I can read.
Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch
From the blurb, I’d say a fun tale of escape and adventure – just what I like when I’m on a holiday! I’m hoping that this will impress me more than Life of Pi, which I get the feeling is along similar lines. Time will tell!
The Magical, Tragical life of Edward Jarvis Huggins by Stuart Ayris
I have to make a confession. I’ve already started reading this book, but I’m not that impressed. I’m sticking with it as I’m only on chapter 4 so hopefully I’ll get into it soon. I love a story about a jesus complex (see Jonathan Livinston Seagul and Illusions by Richard Bach) but this one hasn’t started to capture me yet. Luckily its on loan from the Amazon Prime store.
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
I haven’t read The Kite Runner, but I read a Thousand Splendid Suns and was moved, enraged, encouraged and everything in between – I can only hope that this novel will touch me in the same way.