In my months away from the blog I have, like any dedicated bookworm, collected a horrific amount of books, more books than I can possibly read. The to be read pile is getting dangerously big, which is actually proving quite handy because my room is a little cold and drafty, and books it turns out can be used for insulation when they’re not being read. By next winter I’ll probably have enough to build a sizeable igloo which I can retreat to when the cold sets in again. I’ll save loads of money on heating.
Anyway, I thought I’d share a handful of my recent acquisitions that I’m excited to read!
Promising Young Women by Caroline O’Donoghue
I’ve had an eye on this for a while. A twenty-something agony aunt becomes the Other Woman after a drunken night at the office party. It’s really interesting how easy it is to dish out advice to others but how blind-sided we are when in similar situations. Can’t wait to get into this darkly comic novel!
A Love Story for Bewildered Girls by Emma Morgan
I hadn’t heard about this book until I picked it up on one of my day long trips to Waterstones. I was pulled in by the bright cover like a literary moth to a flame. Then the blurb pulled me in. In a nutshell three women fall in love and make discoveries about themselves along the way.
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
I don’t have much to say about this one except it’s been on my reading list for ever and upon writing this I’ve realised I have been mentally adding an extra ‘i’ to Jeffrey Eugenides surname for no apparent reason. Five beautiful and eccentric sisters capture the attention of a town, years later the boys who were infatuated with them try to comprehend what happened to them.
Who Killed My Father by Edouard Louis
I went to hear Edouard Louis speak at an event a few months ago and fell a little bit in love with him, and was definitely in awe of him. The way he spoke about politics, and how it effects us an a micro and macro level was so insightful. He was so eloquent and observant. There was no way I could leave empty handed. It’s an exploration of his father’s life but also the wider issues that have impacted it. I think this might be my next train read. I’m sure I’ll devour it in one sitting.
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
The film is one of my absolute favourite; ridiculous, outlandish and guaranteed to make me laugh. I was sad to hear of William Goldman’s passing last November, and then next time I saw it in a bookshop I had to pick it up. I’m very much looking forward to reading Buttercup and Westley’s story.
Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant by Joel Golby
I’ve been on the lookout for some good non-fiction for a while and then I stumbled across Joel Goldby’s new book. I am a fan of his tweets, and if he can make sharp, funny observations in 140 characters, imagine how great his essays will be!
What books have you bought recently?