reading list | january to march

reading in a bookshop One beautiful thing about not studying (through the traditional means at least) is that I have so much time to read! And I love reading. It really makes me inexplicably happy. Why did I ignore it for so long.

I thought I would share what I have read so far this year:

  1. The Versions of Us – Laura Barnett. A kind of sliding doors novel it follows three alternate versions of a two people’s lives. One element that I found interesting was how the relationship you are in can influence your creativity.
  2. My Brilliant Friend and The Story of a New Name – Elena Ferante. These are the first two books in this four part series. It is a saga of two friends growing up in Naples I am planning on getting the other two books in the series for reading on the beach this summer. They have been beautifully translated making the reading easy even though the books are slightly hefty.
  3. The Dust that Falls from Dreams – Louis de Bernieres. Honestly, this book is not Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and the female characters are a bit flat but I still really enjoyed this book. It has a bit of Downton Abbey about it too if you like that sort of thing.
  4. The Museum of Extraordinary Things – Alice Hoffman. Do you remember Practical Magic. I loved that movie as a young teenager. Anyway this is by the same author. Set in 1920s New York it was interesting to have a comparison between America and the UK (as in previous novel) of a similar time. One of the main characters is also a photographer which I liked reading about.
  5. The Signature of All Things – Elizabeth Gilbert. I thought I would read this after reading Big Magic at the end of last year. I love the big scope of the book and the interesting characters. Some strange bits but overall an enjoyable read.
  6. The Heart Goes Last – Margaret Atwood. This was my first Atwood book and a very different style to what I was expecting. The book is set in a dystopian future where a lot of people have been messed up by an economic recession. A couple signs up to a new scheme where they spend alternating months between a home and prison.
  7. The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox – Maggie o’Farrell. I loved this book. An insight into how mental health was treated in the past the book switches between perspectives of Iris, a thirty something vintage store owner, Esme, the great aunt she has just found out about and has been in a mental institute for the last 60 years, and the ramblings of Kitty, Iris’s grandmother who has alzheimers.
  8. Everyday Sexism – Laura Bates. This is a big one. If you are a human being you should read this. Really insightful to think of how behaviours that are mildly sexist to disgraceful become normalised and how it is time to say no more.

If you love to read and have problems finding time for it this is a useful post to show you were you could fit it in.

Also any book suggestions would be appreciated!