Something new today! Something you may not know about me is I’m a reader. As a kid I had my head stuck in books constantly, from the Jacqueline Wilson books, to Enid Blyton’s Famous Five series to Harry Potter, I was obsessed. And I’ve remained a reader ever since, even studying a literary based degree.
The problem with said literary based degree is that everything I was reading was for my studies, and very little was for the pure enjoyment of it. When I left uni, I took more to writing than reading as I joined the blogging world, but I’ve slowly snuck my nose back into many a book. I’ve spent the last year working my way through the Game of Thrones series, which has had it’s tough moments. Whilst fantastic books, I do find that sometimes I become a bit disengaged as they are heavily detailed. That’s great, but sometimes I’m in a lighter mood. BUT I committed, and I’m so close to completing the series.
Telling myself I’m not allowed to read anything until I finish that series has given me reason to stick with it and keep going. It has also lead to an ever-growing pile of books that need to be read, so that’s what I’m sharing with you today.
1. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
A book that harks back to my degree, and I have really high hopes for this one! Telling the story of Achilles, his friend Patroclus and the beginning of the Trojan War I hope that it provides a satisfying extension to the story of The Iliad.
2. The Butcher’s Hook by Janet Ellis
I was on a random stop into a store in the airport a while back and this book caught my eye because of its bright patterned cover. It’s been described as a spirited, dark debut, whose storyline sounds gripping just from a few words.
3. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Everyone and their pet rock has read this book I swear. It’s been recommended constantly to me for months and I can’t wait to finally read it. Luckily I’ve managed to avoid hearing anything about the story to spoil!
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
This one has been bought to be read mainly because it’s Ali’s favourite book, yet I’ve never read it. I’ve heard loads of it through audio book but I never really take books in in the same way as reading them – so I’m finally going to read it! I’m sure I’ll end up reading the rest of the series too.
5. All My Friends Are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman
I bloody love the sound of this book. Tom’s superhero girlfriend has been hypnotised so that she can’t see him anymore. He has only a few hours on a flight to make her see him again before he loses her forever. I don’t know why but this story just sounds great and I can’t wait to see if/how Tom saves the day. As a fairly thin book I imagine I’ll get through this in one train ride!
6. The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman by Denis Thériauls
Another fairly thin book in which Bilodo is a postman who discovers a mysterious haiku which sees him caught up in the life of others. I can’t wait for a rainy Sunday afternoon when I can find out how Bilodo deals with the mystery.
7. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
A book about a grumpy old man, with more than meets the eye. Ove is a man who sees himself as surrounded by idiots, and I’m sure we can all relate to that sometimes!
8. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
A socially challenged professor has decided it’s time to find a wife and he creates a questionnaire to weed out any unsuitable women sounds a bit bleh, but what really attracted me to this book was the tagline of ‘Sometimes, though, you don’t find love: love finds you…’ I’m sure this story will be as heartwarming as recommendations say.
9. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
I’ve always thought this story of six interlocking lives throughout different ages sounds really interesting, and I did really enjoy the Cloud Atlas film. I’m very much looking forward to reading the book to see how the story plays out on page.