I have always loved reading. I used to stay up late and read books under the cover of my doona with a torch so I wouldn’t get in trouble for still being awake (although now I’m pretty sure they knew exactly what I was doing!). I have such fond memories of so many books and I am definitely a re-reader of books I truly love.
I’ve had a bit more time and headspace lately to be able to dedicate to reading and I’m definitely working my way through a lot more books (especially fiction) than I’ve been able to in the past few years. Joining the library is also one of the main reasons for my sudden surge in reading. I’m less likely to buy fiction as I’m not sure I’ll enjoy it, whereas I tend to buy a lot of non-fiction.
I thought I would share with you some books I’ve been reading lately. If you’d like this to be a bit more of a regular update let me know in the comments!
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
This was the first book I read this year and I knocked it over in a day because it was such a compelling read. It follows the story of a Harvard linguistics professor who has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimers and her struggles to cope with her diagnosis as well as the loss of her identity and memories. It was definitely a book that had me hooked from very early on and the author did an amazing job of making you relate to the character of Alice and showcase what it might be like to deal with Alzheimers. If you haven’t read it I would definitely recommend it!
I actually read Me Before You late last year and After You early this year after it was released. I adored Me Before You and have recommended it to all my friends who haven’t yet read it. Me Before You is the story of a young girl in a small English town who takes a job as a carer for a young quadriplegic man struggling to deal with his life since his accident. It’s a beautifully written book and if you do read it I will give a caveat that it will make you ugly cry so just be prepared for that!! I liked After You but it was nowhere near as good as Me Before You at giving me all the feels. The film version of Me Before You comes out next month (starring Emilia Clarke aka Daenerys aka Khaleesi from Game of Thrones and Sam Claflin aka Finnick Odair from The Hunger Games trilogy) so make sure you read the book before you see the movie!
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
I quite like fiction inspired by biblical stories, I find them really fascinating. This story is mainly centred around Dinah, the daughter of Jacob, who is mentioned I think once in the biblical account of this period. It’s told in her voice and also includes the story of her mother and aunts (the wives of Jacob) and it goes deeply into the relationships between women which I really love. It was a really interesting read and I really enjoyed the examination of the relationships between all the women in the story. It’s something that you don’t often get in this kind of detail.
Wool by Hugh Howey
I would classify this with books like the Hunger Games and Divergent trilogies, albeit more of an adult than young adult novel, in that it is set in a dystopian future where certain groups outside the point of view characters have suspect amounts of power and control for reasons that aren’t entirely clear. I really enjoyed reading this, especially because there were several times when I couldn’t tell where the story was going so it kept me wanting to know more about what was going on. There are more books in the series that I’m yet to pick up but I’ll definitely be reading more by Hugh Howey!
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
I mentioned this book in my March Favourites and it was just so good! The story is set around the time of the Second World War and goes between the story of a young, blind French girl and a young German soldier. It’s really different to everything else I’ve been reading lately and I really loved it. I definitely think it’s a classic and a lot of the time if everyone is raving about a book it can really oversell it but that is not the case here. I’m so glad I was finally able to read it and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a really well-written, beautiful story.
Techbitch by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza
I loved this book and I actually mentioned it in my April Favourites. It’s not the kind of book I would normally pick up for myself but I heard it recommended in the What Should I Read Next podcast and I almost always love Anne’s recommendations so I thought I would give this a go (side note, when it was published in the US it was called ‘The Knockoff’). I thought it was such a fun and well written book, it was perfect for a day of just chilling out and enjoying something a little more lighthearted than some of my other reads lately. The main character is Imogen, a magazine editor who has returned from 12 months leave to find her former assistant has taken over her magazine and made it into a (terribly written) website. Imogen has to struggle to learn all the technology she hasn’t had to use before and try to think of a way to save her magazine. It’s a really fun and light read, definitely recommend it if you’re in the mood for some ‘chick lit’.
So those are some of the books that I’ve been reading lately. Let me know if you would like this to be a semi-regular thing!
What have you been reading lately?
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