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What I Have Been Reading

I’ve been getting myself lost in books a lot recently so I thought I’d do a little update about what I have been reading. I’m well on my way to reaching my goal of 30 books this year (currently on my 20th!)

A Tale For The Time Being – Ruth Ozeki

This was recommended to me by my best friend (she has very good taste in books.) It was really enjoyable. I loved the whole concept of something be shared across time, Ruth discovering the story written by a teenage girl. It could have been a great book if it just stuck with how it was going rather than Ruth somehow saving the day through a dream. That’s not to say that the ending ruined the book, I just felt like it didn’t need that to happen.

Room – Emma Donoghue

You might have seen the movie, I haven’t yet. I read this book pretty quickly. It’s long but an easy read. The heartbreaking story is told from the perspective of a 5 year old boy. The narrative is so much more powerful because of this, it gives an insight that would be lost if it were from an adult’s perspective. Some of the stuff is quite difficult to read, especially when it feels like a child’s innocence is being stomped on. But, I would definitely recommend this to everyone!

A Spot of Bother – Mark Haddon

Another book which I really liked. It does not have a crazy, far fetched plot but tells the story of a man’s descent into madness upon discovering a lesion on his hip. Haddon writes from all the character’s perspectives which I love in a book. It gives you the insight that a one person narrative cannot. You really get sucked in to this family and feel all the emotions that come with it.

The Psychopath Test – Jon Ronson

This book is really informative and funny. Jon Ronson is a great writer and the book was very well researched. The book details Ronson’s decision and journey in learning more about what it means to be a psychopath. It’s a good choice if you’re interested in psychology or have ever wondered what it really means to be diagnosed with psychopathy.

The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson

I urge everyone to read this book when they get the chance. My fiance has just finished reading it after I recommended it, he could not put it down. The story follows a 100 year old man on his adventures upon leaving his nursing home on his 100th birthday. There is murder, money and mayhem throughout. We also get to hear about the man’s involvement in some huge historic events. This book has romance, comedy, drama and a lot more about Communism than you would expect.

The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

Addictive – a little bit like Gone Girl and The Kind Worth Killing. I struggled to put this book down because I just needed more answers at every turn. The ending did not let the story down either, something which I started to fear might happen half way through. There seems to be a theme about how other people’s lives look so perfect from the outside whilst our own is a mess. But, if you look closely, everyone’s lives are a mess and people can be connected in all sorts of ways.

I’ve really enjoyed getting lost in books this year and have found my passion for reading again. I have the GoodReads reading challenge to thank for that. If you want to read more books, set yourself a goal. I’m 2/3 of the way to reaching mine and I have loved every bit of it!

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