I love reading. It’s one of my passions, and although I fell out of love with it for a while, there is rarely a week that goes by when I’m not reading some book or another. (I’m currently reading book 39 of 40 which was my reading goal for this year. Pretty impressed with myself given I was doing my third year of undergrad and now a master’s.)
I know reading isn’t really considered that ‘cool’ by a lot of people in their twenties. I don’t actually know why this is. I guess some of it stems from school and being forced to read classics etc. for exams, books that only a small minority were interested in. I’m an English Lit graduate and I have never been one to enjoy reading classics, everyone is different, and I completely get that it may have put people off reading. There are hundreds of genres of books out there though, and I guarantee there’s something out there for everyone, some just haven’t found it yet.
I thought it would be nice to start sharing more of my passion on here, as I know bloggers can sometimes seem like they don’t do much besides taking photographs. Starting with sharing the books that are currently on my Wishlist. I’ll be sure to update the post as and when I’ve read them, so you can get an idea of my thoughts and I’ll probably post them on instagram stories too. Hopefully this may inspire some of you to get back in to reading, or even just to pick up something a little different.
Anatomy of a Scandal
“Anatomy of a Scandal centres on a high-profile marriage that begins to unravel when the husband is accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is sure her husband, James, is innocent and desperately hopes to protect her precious family from the lies which might ruin them. Kate is the barrister who will prosecute the case – she is equally certain that James is guilty and determined he will pay for his crimes.”
I adore a good psychological thriller, and this one looks like it won’t disappoint. It’s been likened to Apple Tree Yard which I haven’t read yet, but I’ve been watching a lot of courtroom style dramas recently and I think I’m hooked. (Check out The Cry on BBC if you haven’t already) I really enjoy books where there’s a sense of is he or isn’t he, especially if they keep changing which side your loyalties lie with!
Nine Perfect Strangers
“Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage, and absorb the meditative ambience while enjoying their hot stone massages.
Miles from anywhere, without cars or phones, they have no way to reach the outside world. Just time to think about themselves, and get to know each other…”
I love Liane Moriarty’s books, so I don’t think I could skip a new release of hers. I’ve also read people have said that it’s her best yet! If you haven’t read, or watched, Big Little Lies, go and do so right now. She’s fab. All of her books have really good characters and you quickly become invested in wanting to know what’s going to happen and how it’s going to end.
Litte Fires Everywhere
“In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned… no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson…
Mia Warren… rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules…
When the Richardsons’ friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family – and Mia’s.”
Celeste Ng is a new author to me – I definitely need to check out her first book I Never Told You which loads of books awards. This book is also a New York Times Bestseller so she’s definitely doing something right! Books that keep you guessing are usually winners in my eyes, and from the blurb she’s already drawing you in with mentions of secrets and the unravelling of them.
This is Going to Hurt
“Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you.
Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends… a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line.”
In non-fiction, I enjoy reading books written about topics that I can relate to. An honest and raw account of the NHS, a service we are so privileged to have in the UK, is guaranteed to be an eye opener. It’s also won a couple of book awards and is a The Sunday Times number one bestseller, so I can’t wait to start reading this one.
Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and other lies)
“We asked 52 women: what does the F word mean to you?
The result is extraordinary.”
The word ‘feminism’ has become a bit of a hot topic of recent years. Gathering together 52 women, including the likes of Emma Watson and Keira Knightley to give their take on what it means is an interesting concept. I guarantee there’s going to be a wide variety of opinion, most of which you probably won’t expect. It’s like anything though, it has different meaning to different people, and the mix of people providing their response – celebrities and influential women – should prove an interesting read.
Everything I Know About Love
“When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming a grown up, journalist and former Sunday Times dating columnist Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all. She vividly recounts falling in love, wrestling with self-sabotage, finding a job, throwing a socially disastrous Rod-Stewart themed house party, getting drunk, getting dumped, realising that Ivan from the corner shop is the only man you’ve ever been able to rely on, and finding that that your mates are always there at the end of every messy night out. It’s a book about bad dates, good friends and – above all else – about recognising that you and you alone are enough.”
A debut from Dolly about the trials and tribulations of love. I love raw and honest books, as you’ve probably gathered already, but I also love to read people’s takes on a universal topic.. I think this is going to be one of those that gives you all the emotions. I’m thinking based on the cover itself, however, that it’s going to be primarily comedic. It’s also another The Sunday Times bestseller so I don’t think it’s one to be missed.
I’d really love to know if you’ve enjoyed this post and if you’ve been inspired to read any of the books i’ve listed above, so do let me know on here or over on my instagram.