My friends will totally vouch for this one, but I’m a total fail when it comes to reading. I love it – don’t get me wrong – but the darn internet seems to have ruined my brain and means I am now more often found mindlessly scrolling twitter or clicking on yet another ‘OMG such-and-such does NOT look like THIS anymore’ link… I don’t care, yet I still click, what’s up with that?! But I am determined to get back into reading again so have pulled together a list of books I want to read, plus a few of my favourites in case you’re after some reading list inspiration too.
Of course, in typical fashion this would have been perfectly timed ahead of summer holiday times so people could lounge by pools and soak up something not courtesy of the internet. But still, life got in the way so perhaps go for more of a cosy cofa and chunky knitted jumper paired with some hot chocolate instead of a bikini and cocktail by the pool…
The Reading List: Books I want to read (…potentially by the end of 2015)
I’ll never write my memoirs ~ Grace Jones
Ok, starting out with a somewhat random one. But seriously, how interesting must this be!? I can only imagine some of the stories someone like Grace Jones has to tell about her life. Just reading the description on this has me wanting to know more! I’m one of those people who is very prone to having a little google/Wikipedia read about famous people when they pop into my head as I like to know a bit of background – so this has me curious and I want to read more.
Luckiest Girl Alive ~ Jessica Knoll
This is a book I have actually been sent a hardback copy of this – it’s been so long since I read a hard back novel! But I was sent some info and it sounded right up my street so wanted to give it a whirl. I haven’t read much of it yet as only started it at the weekend but it’s all about a girl with a ‘perfect’ present but a dark past – who opens up about it and then faces the consequences… I’ll let you know how I get on! If you have read it then let me know what you thought.
The Husbands Secret ~Liane Moriarty
I have this one ready and waiting on my kindle. The idea of a moral dilemma that leaves you between a rock and a hardplace always gets me – as the book description promises, if you like Jodi Picoult (whom I used to absolutely love reading but more on this in a moment) then this is for you.
Nineteen Minutes & The Storyteller~ Jodi Picoult
As above, I used to be totally hooked on Jodi Picoult novels but then the formula got a little stale and maybe went from believeable to a bit far-fetched for my tastes. So I moved on to other things. In case you haven’t read them, in general Jodi Picoult books are shaped around an event that has some sort of two (or more) sided story where you can see there’s a moral/legal/ethical debate basically and then you see it unfold. Having taken a bit of a break from Picoult there are a couple now making it back on to my reading list to see if they’re as good as I remember from the first time I read them.
A few favourites I’d recommend:
The Girl on The Train ~ Paula Hawkins
I’m usually rubbish with books that have all the buzz (I still haven’t read Harry Potter – any of them – or something like The Davinci Code). But this one I read, and was gripped from start to finish. It has twists and turns that you don’t see coming and that’s what I loved about it. I won’t spoil the ending, but it’s an interesting one. The ending wasn’t my favourite bit actually, but the overall experience was worthwhile.
Dark Places ~ Gillian Flynn
Yep, Gillian Flynn of Gone Girl fame. I liked Gone Girl (apart from the ending… again) but Dark Places I loved. Very dark (as the name would suggest) and one I didn’t pre-guess the ending of at all. Really good book and one I struggled to put down when I got into.
Before I go to Sleep ~ S J Watson
I read this before I knew there was a film of it. It took me a while to get into it and I was very confused for a lot of it, but I think it was somewhat the point. I read this on honeymoon actually and the idea of your husband feeling like a stranger was very bizarre. I won’t spoil it, but this was one where I actually liked the ending….
I’d love to know which other reads you might recommend?! Personally I love something with suspense but not horror, I love books set in the US and I love the odd trashy book too – although preferably not the sort of ‘bodice ripping’ type of trashy. I’m thinking more ‘Diary of a call girl’ or ‘Everyone worth knowing’ type of thing…