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Reading List

Yesterday, while spending an obscene amount of time shopping for stationery with my friend L, she asked me to help her find some good reads. She’d be the first to admit she’s not a book-worm so I promised her I would write a list of my favourite all time books and get it to her so she can start building a collection.

(I’m not saying my opinion is the be all, it’s a guide rather than a compulsory reading assignment). What can I say? My friend trusts me.

I thought I would turn that list into a blog post soon. In the meantime, here’s a look at my most pressing To Read list. I’ve been a little off the boil literature wise since December but am getting back in the game now.

Can’t wait to get my mitts on the following:

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Hello babies

In no particular order:

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
A birthday gift from my Sister-in-law, this has been on my Amazon wish list for a long time. Maddie said she read the back and knew it was for me, even before she realised it was on there. I cannot wait to dig in.

Bone Jack by Sara Crowe
I absolutely loved Crowe’s Campari for Breakfast (reviewed here) and couldn’t put it down. So I have nothing but high hopes for this. The former book was reminiscent of early Sue Townsend and that can only ever be a really good thing. I think Sara Crowe is one to watch.

Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield
Another second visit, this one has been on my radar ever since I read The Thirteenth Tale. Setterfield can really spin a yarn spiked with all sorts of surprises. Perfect for cold Winter’s nights and tea. Lots of tea.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
I have a love/hate relationship with Flynn. I mean Gone Girl was hard to put down until it pissed me off so much I had to get as far away from it as possible. Dark Places was good though and I’ve heard word on the street that this is a corker too. Some people believe that GG is the worst of Gillian’s trilogy so that bodes well.

IMG_20150118_115726Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Hello, it’s Amy’s first book full of personal stories. What could be better?

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
Ms Waters is in my top three Favourite Authors and I think this might be why I haven’t yet thrown
myself head first into this story. She’s never let me down before and I have no reason to believe she will start now, but I’m still going to take my time.

Reviews of each to follow.

What are you reading right now? I’d love to know!

4 thoughts on “Reading List

  1. It always confuses me that for someone who really obviously likes books and is always reading books and is known for liking books – people NEVER buy me books. It’s so very very strange.

    I’m currently reading Shantaram which has been sitting on my bookshelf for years having been shamefully neglected due to its massive size. Shame on me. It’s brilliant and I’m loving every second it’s taking to read it – who cares if it’s the size of 3 normal books, it’s probably better than reading 3 different normal-sized books!

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  2. That is strange. Perhaps they are concerned about giving you a less than stellar book, since you obviously know your stuff? I tend to tell my family and friends exactly what I want, but I do love it when they go rogue and give me something they recommend. I love when I get given someone’s favourite book of all time. That really helps me understand them.

    I’ve never heard of Shantaram, but I will google it now! What is your favourite book of all time? x

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    1. Never thought about it that way, it is a possibility. But even if I give people a massive list which includes books, they never buy me the books – it’s mental. I have one friend who is a voracious reader in the very true sense of the word and I can always rely on her to get me a book – trouble is I find it hard to return the favour because she’s always already read most of them!!

      Favourite book of all time? Ack, don’t make me try and answer that. I don’t think I have one because I don’t think I’ve ever really gone back and read a book more than once. But I do remember the first book I loved (and I’m a liar, I read this on repeat when I was a young thing) and that was Rebecca’s World by Terry Nation. I was given it by a friend of my sister’s because, you know, same name and all that and I was beyond in love with it. I lost my copy and now it’s out of print and copies are ridonkulously expensive but I occasionally keep an eye out for it in the hope I’ll find one some day.

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      1. I am sorry, it’s an almost impossible question to answer! Someone asked me it today and I said almost the same as you just have! I love that one of your most important books has your name in the title, genius gift! I’m actually working on a top ten faves post as we speak, this has inspired me to work on it tonight. I love talking books so much x

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