READING LISTS: New Year, New Reads

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Happy New Year my lovely, lovely book enthusiasts! I hope 2017 is shaping up to be your best year yet! By the end of this month the blog will be officially one-year old. It’s the longest I’ve ever kept a blog running and I think that, despite how cliche it might sound, it’s because I’ve found something that gets me giddy with excitement: books!

So, a new year call for a new reading list.I did better than I thought with my list for 2016 and managed to read 11 out of the 19 books I chose. I knew I’d get distracted by all the other lovely books out there! I finished 2016 with 45 books under my belt but I’m hoping to make it to 50 this year. I’ve already started reading D.H Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover so I should have one book ticked off the list in no time! I didn’t realise when I was writing it out that the books I had chosen were almost all writen by women writers- it just goes to show how many great female voices there are out there!

If you didn’t know already, I’ve been contributing to the wonderul Imaginary Book Club over the last few months and I’ll be sharing my reading goals for 2017 over on the website very soon!

What are you planning to read in 2017?

READING LISTS: The TBR Pile

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My To Be Read pile has spiralled out of control. Over the past few months its evolved into a tower. You could probably use it to build the foundations of a small house.There’s something infinitely exciting about buying a new book and the eperiences you’ll have reading it. Since starting the blog I’ve definitely become more addicted to that feeling, and even though I try to curb my spending by using the glorious, glorious library sometimes I slip up (a lot). So, my aim for the final two months of the year is to make my way through this pile and make it smaller. If I can get it into single figures I will be immensely happy.

I should probably start with the short story collections first- Multitudes by Lucy Caldwell, We Don’t Know What We’re Doing by Thomas Morris and Spoiled Brats by Simon Rich- because I haven’t read any short stories in a while and they really do help to spur on my own short story collection. But I might have to sneak Jane Eyre in somewhere because I’ve been saving it as a winter read.

Does anyone else have a mountainous TBR pile?

REVIEW: The Hours by Michael Cunningham and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Summer Reads pt.1)

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The summer holidays are almost over, and I’m back from warmer climes. Santorini and Crete were heavenly, and although I don’t have the tan to prove it, they were both very warm. As always, I wasn’t half as organised as I thought I was. On route to the airport I realised I hadn’t packed Jacob’s Folly by Rebecca Miller. Luckily, I had brought along the #GGBookClub’s July/August read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, so there wasn’t (much) danger of me running out of material while I was away. Here are my thoughts on my Summer Reads: Continue reading “REVIEW: The Hours by Michael Cunningham and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Summer Reads pt.1)”

READING LISTS: Summer Reads

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Summer has been threatening to arrive for a while now. The sun has made a few fleeting appearances in between the rain and the clouds. But August is just around the corner and as I’m soon to be jetting off I thought I’d share the books I’ve chosen to take along with me.

  1. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
  2. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
  3. The Last Girlfriend on Earth and other love stories by Simon Rich
  4. Jacob’s Folly by Rebecca Miller
  5. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

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5 Short Story Collections I’ve Read

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In my humble opinion, short story collections don’t get half the recognition they deserve. Perhaps the fact I write my own short stories makes me biased, but most short story collections I have read I’ve loved.  Here are 5 I’ve particularly enjoyed (in no particular order):

  1. No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July
  2. Dubliners by James Joyce
  3. Saints and Sinners by Edna O’Brien
  4. The Woman and Her Little Dog and Other Short Stories by Anton Chekov
  5. Pieces edited by Stephen Chbosky

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Books I Started but Never Finished

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As a self-confessed book-lover, I always feels a little bit ashamed when I put a book down before I’ve finished it. And it may feel like defeat, like maybe you’ve missed the point, but it’s important to remember that some books just aren’t for you and no matter how much you try you just can’t push past the first few chapters. It’s okay. If we all liked the same things then conversations would never turn into passionate debates. Life would be pretty dull. So, here’s a handful of books (that I can remember) that I never managed to finish:

  1. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  2. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
  3. The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

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