Thursday, 29 January 2015

January Reads

I LOVE reading. In 2014, I really let it slide and barely read anything. As I've had a month of lazying around on the beach/in the garden/on the sofa I've had plenty of time to start reading again. It's all new books too because I left my extensive collection at home.
book pile
BOOK ONE: Funny Girl by Nick Hornby
This book was okay. It's a bout a lass called Barbara who wants too make it big in comedy. The pace is really fast in the book and for me it felt a little bit unreal. The characters were okay but bar the two writers I felt that they weren't really fleshed out enough for me.
BOOK TWO: Us by David Nicholls.
I lovelovelove One Day, Nicholls previous offering. His style of writing (I feel) is flawless. Us took me a couple of pages to get into but once I was into it, I read it within days. It tells the story of Douglas Petersen whose wife of 25 years tells him she's leaving. They go on one last holiday to Europe with their son Albie in an attempt to save the marriage. It's sad and happy and fun all at the same time and as usual David Nicholls gives you a really good feel for who the characters are and what they are like.
BOOK THREE: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton.
I picked this up cos I'd heard a lot of hype about it but honestly, I wasn't all that excited after reading the blurb. I'm glad I went against my instinct though because I did really enjoy it. It's full of good characters and mystery - although you are left with a couple of questions that need answering!
BOOK FOUR: The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith/JK Rowling.
To me, the goddess that is JK Rowling can do no wrong. I wasn't sure how I would feel about The Cuckoo's Calling but I got really into it, so when The Silkworm came out I was dying to read it. It was just as good as the first book and I think Strike and Robin complimemt each other beautifully and are really well thought out characters, each with their own past. GO GET IT RIGHT NOW.
So there you have it, four books, one month. A pretty good start to the reading year I feel! A good mix of genre and all new reads.
Too kick off next month I have Amy Poehler's 'Yes Please' (My new heroine by the way) and 'Station Eleven' by Emily St John Mandel..Both of which I've heard fantastic things about!

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