So I’ve done a bit (a lot) of book shopping recently and I now have six books on my bookshelf that I just cannot wait to get stuck into! I love reading other people’s book recommendations and mini reviews so today I thought I would share what I’ve recently bought and why I felt I had to read each of these books.
I’ve got a combination of fiction and non-fiction reads (although the majority are fiction) and because they’re so varied I can see myself working my way through these fairly quickly over the next month or so. I’m going to try to finish these off before I treat myself to some new reads, although I do love a good book haul so I may add to my bookshelf before I’m done with these…
I’ve never read anything by Mary Beard before, but after reading the blurb of this I was interested to read her thoughts on women’s relationship with power in the past and present. This is a mini book (it’s only 128 pages) so I’m sure it will be a quick read and I think it’s one I may read during my commute to and from work.
I also have to admit, I was drawn to this by the amazing cover! I know they say don’t judge a book by its cover, but this one is really pretty so that definitely also helped me to add it to my basket.
I love a good fantasy novel, especially one that focuses around the circus. I really enjoyed reading Water For Elephants and one of my favourite films this year was The Greatest Show (honestly, if you haven’t seen it yet you need to, it’s incredible!) so when I learnt that Caraval is focused around a once a year show where the audience is involved, I just new it was a novel that I’m going to get stuck into and thoroughly enjoy.
I feel like I’ve seen this book everywhere, so when I spotted it in Waterstones I just had to buy it and see what all of the fuss is about. The basic storyline is about a man who has lived for centuries, and how he has managed to stay alive. It flits between the present day and previous moments in history that the main character has experienced, which I find really interesting and exciting.
I’m definitely someone who is a bit of a perfectionist, and in the past that has made it hard for me to really live in the moment and enjoy things. So when I read the tagline for Fearne’s book Happy it was straight in my shopping cart. I’m interested to see what tips she has included and I’m hoping it will be an uplifting, calming read that I’ll learn a lot from.
Again, I’ve heard a lot of hype around this novel, so I just had to buy it and see what I thought of it. Firstly, I was attracted to this as it’s a story about a woman who follows a routine, and survives life rather than really living it to the full. I’ve definitely been in that mindset in my life, so I’m excited to see how she embraces change throughout the novel and how her life develops.
Again, this is a novel I have heard people raving about for months now and I can’t really believe it’s taken me so long to finally cave and buy it to read for myself! It addresses lots of social issues, and I can’t wait to see how they are explored in the novel. I think it’s going to be a really interesting and thought provoking read so I’m definitely going to dive into this one ASAP!