One thing that I haven’t really tried on my blog which is actually quite important to me is writing about books. I am an avid reader and always have been. I adore the likes of Jodi Picoult and am starting to get into crime thrillers by Peter James and James Patterson. However, I will read pretty much anything so here’s a list of my favourite titles and why they are so awesome!
Go Set A Watchman – Harper Lee
On a quick side note, you need to read To Kill A Mockingbird before you read this book as there are so many references back to it. It is a stunning novel which is beautifully written and the depiction of Jean Louise Finch is so vivid that you feel like you are right there with her. Such a strong message is portrayed and so many questions are raised about the way we live our life (or used to live it anyway.) It had me laughing hard and then brought me to tears at the whirlwind of an ending. Definitely changed my outlook on life. Now all they need to do is make a film…but a niche documentary style one, none of that Hollywood rubbish plz.
Change of Heart – Jodi Picoult
I have read every single one of Jodi Picoult’s books and thoroughly enjoyed them all. She has a unique flair of switching from one point of view to another and then slowly lacing all their lives together. It’s transfixing and Change of Heart is one of my favourites as it pushes together two unlikely characters who show compassion in the most unlikely of circumstances. Her novels are heartbreaking but so compelling, you just can’t stop reading.
The Moment- Douglas Kennedy
I picked this up on a whim at my local library and was pleasantly surprised. Having never heard of the author, I wasn’t sure what to expect and it was a fairly challenging read from the complex narrative to the touchy subject of refugees but it’s also an incredible one. Set during the cold war, Kennedy paints a picture of devastation and secrecy that only draws you deeper and deeper. Probably his best work.
A Song For Issy Bradley – Carys Bray
This is one of the most recent books I read and it was in the Richard & Judy book club with raving reviews so voilà I couldn’t resist. I honestly think this changed my perspective on life a lot and it deals with issues surrounding family, love, religion and coping with death. It’s very sad (much like most of the books I read!) but it’s so eye opening and genuinely heart warming, it reminds you what’s important in life and how lucky you really are.
Gone Girl- Gillian Flynn
Ah this couldn’t not be on the list. I absolutely loved the film and am totally not ashamed to admit it. However, when I started reading the book (which I did before the film), I wasn’t overly impressed. It was written in a strange voice that flitted from one thing to another and the characters weren’t likeable at all. I stuck with it though due to all the great reviews and my dad telling me how good it got. They were not wrong. It started to pick up and I simply couldn’t believe the depth and to be honest the twisted personalities of these characters. I felt like I was the one who was been cheated on and betrayed! So horrifying you can’t put it down let alone not recommend it. Read it and watch it (in that order otherwise you will have no clue what’s going on!)
I am currently reading You Are Dead by Peter James and it’s brilliant! I’m reading it on the train and nearly forgetting to get off because I can’t stop :P. It’s a nail bitting thriller which is truly spine chilling and set in Brighton. So that’s what my week will be full of. Trains and Peter James, such fun!