So Many Books, So Little Time

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At the start of the year I set myself a Goodreads challenge to read 24 books in 2018. I’ve made good progress, polished off 14 wonderous reads so far, but having left my job last week to go travelling I can finally start indulging in my long long list of books that I want to read.

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Out of the 14 I’ve read so far, here are my five favourites (unintentionally 4/5 are written by women – GO GIRLS!!)…

  1. The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Heather Morris – Based on a true story about a Slovakian Jewish couple who meet in Auschwitz. As expected it’s very touching and hard to read at times, but it is a story that needed to be told and it’s been told very well.
  2. The Beach, Alex Garland – Having seen the film with the lovely Leonardo Di Caprio (ALOT), I just knew I had to read The Beach before visiting Thailand. 100% the book is much better than the film.
  3. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman – It’s quite a sad story, Eleanor’s had a terrible childhood and is very lonely, people are cruel. But it’s also a very funny story, Eleanor is socially awkward and tries to to integrate into society like a ‘normal’ person. Definitely a summer holiday – by the pool – read.
  4. The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder, Sarah J Harris – Written from the perspective of a young boy (Jasper) who sees and hears in colour (I believe it is called synesthesia). Jasper paints what he believes has happened to his missing neighbour. It’s very different from the usual murder mysteries I’m used to, but different is what makes the book extraordinary (just like Jasper).
  5. Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race, Reni Eddo- Lodge – Perhaps not one to take on holiday, or to read to try and switch off… Reni Eddo-Lodge writes about her frustration with the way discussions of race in Britain are led by those who aren’t affected by it. I learned so much through reading this book and would recommend that whoever you are, you should read it too.

As mentioned, I am now unemployed (aka a traveller / nomad / bum) and therefore have a lot of spare time to continue my reading challenge…

I’m currently reading Pretend I’m Dead by Jen Beagin, so far I’m about 20% through, so won’t pass judgement just yet on whether I’d recommend or not.

This past week I’ve received some lovely leaving presents, some of which have been books that I can’t wait to get stuck into (thanks Jayne and Ash!!!!).

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Now that I have ‘not so little time’, do you have any book recommendations? Let me know and I’ll add it to my list!

Happy reading x

5 thoughts on “So Many Books, So Little Time

  1. If you haven’t read George Orwell’s 1984, may I suggest you do – it is particularly pertinent in these absurd and very threatening times of Trump, Duterte, Putin et al. The freedom of the press, the threat to world peace, trade wars, overt racism and intolerance are all handled via the ministries of “Peace”, “Plenty”, “Love” and “Truth”. I first read it when I was about 14 and it is as relevant today, (maybe even more so) as it was when it was written 70 years ago.

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