On My Reading List

It’s so easy for me to lose hours of the day on a screen. Whether that’s my computer writing blog posts and working, on my phone on social media or watching Netflix.

I have always loved reading. It’s one of the reasons I’m a writer – I love the effect a good book can have on the reader. Since I have now finished uni I have wanted to make a more conscious effort to read more as I now have no excuse as to why I can’t read. When I went away to New York and DC I started Standard Deviation which I impulse bought after seeing it on Emily Parr’s Instagram and I got really into it. I got about half way through and haven’t picked it up since.

Anyway, I thought that if I were to post this then I’d have more of a reason to read. So on with the mountain of books…

Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny | As I just mentioned above, I am currently reading this book. This feel-good read truthfully depicts a modern marriage which is something I have never had before. It draws you in to the character’s (realistic) lives as they unfold within the pages of this heart-piercing, funny book and I can’t wait to finish it.

Ordinary People by Diana Evans | Everyone and their mother is talking about this book at the moment so that probably means it is one that I need to read. I love the sound of this book – the interweaving of the characters, the snapshot of different lives – it really appeals to me and I love the sort of books which observes the seemingly normal human. Have you read it? Is it worth the read?

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney | I love when a book has mixed reviews as it only wants me to pick it up and start turning the pages more. Conversations with Friends is Rooney’s debut novel that, in a previous review was said to accurately portray what it is to be a young woman.

Normal People by Sally Rooney | This book I bought a while back and have been meaning to read it for a while. When I bought it I didn’t realise it was Rooney’s second book so obviously had to buy the first and mention it in this blog post as well. Normal people has received and is said to be a ‘future classic’ and, like many of the books featured on this post, I can’t wait to pick it up.

VOX  by Christina Dalcher | I have a thing for dystopian novels. I think it probably started in school with series like The Hunger Games and Divergent. Even though I wouldn’t buy and read those books now, whenever I see a dystopian novel with an eye-catching cover like VOX’s I have to buy it. This novel has been branded ‘Handmaid’s Tale 2.0’ and was also reviewed by Lee Child to be ‘intelligent, suspenseful, provocative, and intensely disturbing’ so I am ready to be scared.

Bird Box by Josh Malerman | If you haven’t seen the film on Netflix staring Sandra Bullock – WATCH IT NOW! If you have seen it, did you know it’s based on Malerman’s book? Because I didn’t. When I saw it in Waterstones after recently watching and loving the film I had to buy it. Said to be a book that Steven King fans would relish and one that could be read in one tense sitting this book ticks all the boxes for me. I don’t constantly read thrillers however find them very easy to get into and finish quickly so can’t wait to get stuck into this one. I just hope it’s as good as the film.

Shame On You by Amy Heydenrych | I bought Shame on You on impulse the other day when I saw it was £2 on Amazon. Described as an addictive psychological thriller (love it already) that will make you question everything you read online, this book is one that I can’t wait to get into and hope that it’s as gut wrenching and gritty as everyone says it is.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena | I say I’m not a constant reader of thrillers I realise I have quite a few featured in this post. The Couple Next Door is no different. This tension filled novel is said to linger in your mind long after the end. I have also heard that it is filled with twists and questions that force you to keep reading. This reminds me of a book I read and loved last year titled Second Life by S.J Watson so if I like it as much as I did that book you will be hearing about it.

Have you read any of these? What’s on your reading list at the moment?

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