Becca: Since I stopped commuting earlier this year, I’ve lost a couple of hours reading time a day and I’m struggling to fit it into my current schedule. I have started listing to audio books on my short drive to work and picking up a few books here and there but have a huge pile of to-be-reads sitting next my bed. Keeping this in mind I thought I’d write about a few of my most recent reads and a few of those I need to start, in the hope that it will motivate me into switching off Netflix half an hour earlier and reading instead.
Currently listening to …
Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase
I’m really enjoying this one. When I started it I thought it would be quite similar to a few other popular books I’ve read with two intertwining story-lines, one in the current time period and one in the past. This story has kept getting more and more engaging – definitely a bit of a surprise. I’m also really picky with audio books but this one is really good and I really like listening to Antonia Beamish on my drives to and from work.
Started but not quite finished …
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
I’m not a massive fan of biographies and autobiographies, preferring escapism into another world but having been recommended this book I thought I’d give it a try. I’m really enjoying it but finding I’d rather dip in and out rather than read it all in one go. Written by Jenny Lawson, the book talks about her battle with mental illness and her coping mechanisms. Full of funny anecdotes and some sad moments too this is one I’ll keep coming back to.
To be read pile
Making it up as I Go Along by Marian Keyes – AKA the World According to Marian Keyes – a collection of the authors observations on modern life this book was a recent birthday present and I’m really looking forward to dipping in and out of this one.
Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn – I love Lian Hearn’s writing so much, I want to make sure I have the time to dedicate to this one so I haven’t quite got around to starting it yet – now the days are drawing in I’m looking forward to being whisked away to a Japanese tinged world.
The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – Another birthday present, this one has been on my wishlist for a very long time (partly due to the beautiful hard cover). Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights this book has had really positive Goodreads reviews from those that I follow I can’t wait to read it!
Kate: Recently my commute to work has become around three times the length it was previously, I’ve always loved losing myself in a good book but being a bit of a slow reader and always having so much to much do I find it a struggle to find the time to read, audiobooks have been a great addition to my commute – helping me unwind with some escapism after a long day at work!
I’m sure you will have heard of this book or at least the recently made film based on the book. This was a fantastic ‘read’ which kept me engrossed all the way through and sitting outside my house for an extra few minutes each evening waiting to finish a chapter. I was a little disappointed by the anticlimactic ending but I won’t spoil it for you and it is still well worth a read (or listen!)
An old favourite of mine I love to read this classic periodically, a tale of malevolent spirits, psychics and family heroics this book never gets old!
A tale of one mans encounters with birds and tracking them around the world over four decades, this is a must read for Birds!
What good reads would you recommend?!
Bugs & Birds