11 November 2018

Recently Read


The last time I talked through the books I've read was in June! The year is slipping by so fast and I do find it hard to read often, but of the books I have actually read recently, I have really liked all of them. Without further ado, here's what I've read from July through to now.

Lost For Words by Stephanie Butland
I read this absolutely ages ago, so my memory is slightly rusty on this one however I remember thinking this was such a cosy read. It actually deals with some hard-hitting topics though, so while Lost For Words definitely isn't a happy book, I think people who enjoy book stores and books in general will like this. Loveday Cardew prefers books to people (relatable) and she likes to spend her time working in a book shop and sheltering herself away from the world. But suddenly her past comes knocking and she can no longer ignore the things that are causing her so much pain. Loveday was a very spiky, witty character which I found refreshing and the unfolding mystery was intriguing and touching.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
I feel like I've talked about Celeste Ng a fair bit on this blog, but her books are really amazing. It did take me a little while to get through this, but it is so well written and the way she tells stories is incredible. The characters are so immersive and believable. When the eccentric artist Mia Warren and her daughter come to live in Shaker Heights, an orderly and progressive suburb, she changes the lives of The Richardson's family forever. I think this a book many different people would like!

Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow by Siobhan Curham*
Siobhan Curham writes really great young adult books and I always enjoy reading them. Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow highlights some important and topical issues through the two main characters, Fourteen-year-old Stevie and Hafiz. Stevie is having a tough time at home, tiptoeing her way around her mum's depression and family's financial situation. Hafiz is a Syrian refugee, who has travelled a difficult journey away from from his parents and now he has to try and fit in at high school in England. They form a friendship at a time when they feel alone and help each other to believe in themselves and follow their dreams. I read this in a day and really enjoyed it. It's such a sweet, unique story that I think all young people should read.


Lou Out of Luck by Nat Luurtsema
I was really looking forward to reading Lou Out of Luck as it's the sequel to one of my favourite young adult books, Girl Out of Water. It follows Lou Brown as she comes down from her brief moment of TV super-stardom and tries to deal with the fact she actually has a proper boyfriend who she really likes. But it's not all plain sailing and things aren't quite going to plan - she's losing her best friend, both her parents are out of work, and her sister Lav is having troubles of her own. While there's a special place in my heart for the first book, I did still enjoy reading this - it's a light and funny read that really makes you smile.

Am I Ugly? by Michelle Elman*
I've already talked about Am I Ugly? a short while ago in a book haul, but I've since finished it. It was so refreshing to read non-fiction for a change and I loved getting immersed in someone else's story. Following Michelle's inspiring journey of self acceptance (still ongoing), it's a lesson to all of us to love our bodies for what they are. Though easier said than done, this book did make an impact and reaffirmed that we need to broaden our definitions of beauty.

Normal People by Sally Rooney
I've left the best until last and I'll use the next 30 seconds to tell you how much I think you should read Sally Rooney's novels. She always has something to say about modern relationships, and in this case how two people can fall in love so deeply it transcends everything. The premise of this book actually sounds pretty cheesy, but trust me, it's anything but. This isn't a love story as such, it's more just about how people change, how relationships work, how they're messy and confusing. Reading Normal People was such an experience; I stayed in a bubble with these characters the entire weekend I read it and felt like I was in their heads. It's probably best I stop rambling and just tell you to go buy it because it's amazing and something I can't exactly explain!


What have you read recently?

-Emma


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