We’ve been squeezing in some time to read around all the great TV we’ve been watching so far this year. Here are a few of our favourites…
Nocturnal Animals by Austin Wright – After watching the film adaptation of this book I just had to read it. If you have seen the film you will know that it finished leaving a lot of unanswered questions and seeking answers for these was what led me to start reading it. A little way in and I am enjoying Wrights writing style and the twists and turns of the novel within a novel are keeping me enthralled despite having seen the film.
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur – I recently rediscovered my love for poetry and this book jumped out at me whilst mooching around a well known book chain. To be honest it feels like you are trespassing in someone’s private journal, the verses read more like the authors musings rather than poetry, more haphazard thoughts than planned verses. Another this I just couldn’t get along with was the lack of punctuation and grammar, not a capital letter in sight and ’cause’ instead of ‘because’. This came as a bit of a shock to the system after just finishing reading (… and rereading) Nikita Gill’s Your Soul is a River which is just beautiful…
Your Soul is a River by Nikita Gill – Each page is a little treat and you have to limit yourself to just a few pages so you don’t devour the whole thing in one sitting… I developed a little ritual of reading a few pages whilst in a candle lit bath, making the whole experience totally indulgent, it was like a little weekly therapy session. Gill’s words felt like they were written just for me. Page upon page of thought provoking verses, I simply adored this little treasure.
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Becca: (Firstly, I hope you appreciate that I colour coded my reading list for this month… It was actually pure fluke but it looks good on my bedside table at least.)
Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch – Broken Homes is next on my to-read list. I absolutely love this series by Ben Aaronovitch and can’t wait to start this one. These are books that I can read in one sitting, pure page turners and each book is set in and around London so it’s easy to picture each location as he describes it (like the much visited Paperchase in Covent Garden). I don’t particularly love crime-fiction books but these have a supernatural twist which I love.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – I love Patrick Ness and his writing always intrigues me and takes me on an adventure (something I need from the books I read). When I discovered this one was being made into a film I was desperate to read it first. When looking for something to pass the time whilst waiting for some friends, I realised that for the same price as a magazine I could buy this to go with my coffee and snapped it up straight away. I had read half of it before my friends had made it to [insert commercial coffee chain here] and to be honest I didn’t really want to put it down. A complete emotional roller-coaster but one that any human will be able to relate one of their experiences to. But be warned it may leave you in tears…
Making it up as I go along by Marian Keyes – This one has made it off my to-be-read pile and onto my currently reading pile. It’s one I’m really enjoying dipping in and out of with lots of quirky stories from Marian Keyes’s life and adventures, some previously published on her blog or in magazines. I’m really enjoying reading about her travels all over the world and also her little quirky way of saying things. This book is full of charm and although it’s not a page turner in the same way, I love reading a chapter before I go to sleep to help me reset.
The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – I keep trying to start this book but I’m struggling to fit in reading time (what with trying to get through The Killing on Now TV). I’m off on Holiday next week so hopefully will get lots of time to read and relax and blast through a few more books on my to-be-read list.
Have you got any book recommendations for us?
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