It’s been a hot minute and a half since I put up my recently read run-down! If you’re looking for a little reading club inspiration, here’s my latest completed page turners that might just take your fancy! Also let's celebrate this being the tenth post in my currently reading series! That's a whopping 50 books! I wonder how long it will take me to get through the next 50?
Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine - Gail Honeyman
I feel like I’m a little late to the party (forgive me Eleanor!) when it comes to reading this one! It’s been all over my feed for the last few months so I had to pick up a copy and see what all the fuss was about! I admit, it took me a few chapters to get into, but once I did I was completely hooked! So much so, I’ve been recommending it to everyone - and I’m really looking forward to the film adaptation that’s on it’s way out. Let’s get between those pages - Eleanor is completely fine, thank you very much, and that’s exactly how she likes it. Her life is lived in the exact same way every single day and she see’s no reason to live it otherwise. Until she falls in love. Head over heels, diving in at the deep end love with a man who is clearly Romeo re-born. Braving make-up counters, personal stylists and tip-toeing into the world of hair removal and grooming, she is preening and primping herself for the day he realises she is his Juliet. Love never does run smooth, there’s an eccentric Mummy to deal with, an unexpected friend and her routine starts to go off the rails. Eleanor Oliphant is no longer fine. I found myself so wrapped up in Eleanor and her ways, she brought me to tears on one page then fits of giggles on the next. It’s a fantastic summe read and would be the perfect poolside companion!
Call me by your name - Andre Aciman
I found this book so frustrating in the beginning! Talk about an unreliable narrator. Just when you think everything that’s happening couldn’t possible be happening, something happens that makes you go back and re-read the whole lot to see how you could have missed seeing that coming. When Elio falls passionately in love with Oliver, the families summer lodger, and their friendship turns into something so much more, I couldn’t stop turning the pages (once I finally started trueting everyone!). I actually found this book really heartbreaking, especially the ending. I had to stop and take a minute. Seriously, this one will break your heart. Elio and Olivers relationship was intoxicating, unhealthy, maddening and passionate, all the building blocks of a summer affair that turned into a lifelong mark on both their hearts. Get it read!
Women, food and desire - Alex Jamieson
This is all about listening to your body, fueling it with what it needs and not having to feel one ounce of guilt about it either. I hate the title of this book, and the cover of the copy I had was just awful (chocolate dipped strawberry dripping over the nether region…not exactly one to read on the bus!) but the contents really surprised me. If you’ve ever needed a cravings whisperer Alex is just that! She breaks down why your body craves what it craves and what it really means, not just what your body is physically after, but mentally too. She quotes my favourite Brene Brown a lot too and both women’s ideas really compliment each other and really speak to me and where I’m at right now.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz - Heather Morris
Let me start by saying that this is a true story. I feel like this is a really important fact that I didn’t know until the very end of the book - and just knowing it actually happened makes it all the more powerful. This one was recommended to me by Hollie of Hollie in Wanderlust and she was spot on about how great a read it is. As Auschwitz literature goes, in my experience, it was an easier read (and blimey do I use that term loosely) compared with other Auschwitz stories I’ve read but it was still a kick in the gut at times none the less. Lale was determined to survive Auschwitz, whatever the cost, and he ended up becoming the tattooist who numbered his fellow prisoners. Eventually, Gita is brought into the camp and his survival becomes totally dependant on her surviving too. Their love is so strong and pure, and to think they found each other quite literally in hell on Earth, could any relationship get off to a scarier start? Another one that took me a few chapters to get into, but once I did I couldn’t put it down.
Surfacing - Margaret Atwood
If you’ve been around for a few of these reading round-ups now, you’ll have seen a few Atwood books popping up! She is one of my favourite authors so whenever I discover something of her’s in the library I’ve not read yet I immediately pick it up. I can’t say she’s ever wrote anything I’ve not enjoyed - until now. Surfacing is the story of a young woman who takes her boyfriend and another couple up to her old family cabin in the remotest woods in Quebec in search of her missing father. This book is choc-a-bloc full of symbolism and metaphors, to the point where they start to lose all meaning. As a piece to study it would be bloody perfect, it’s exactly the kind of text we would have picked up in University - but as a casual read? Nope. I found myself getting as lost in the woods and the main character was in her own mind, twisting and turning, unable to make sense of the world, which was undoubtedly Atwoods intention, but when you just want a book to chill with on a Sunday afternoon, this one gives you far too much to think about. Post finishing it, the more I thought about it in a critical way, the more I started to get out of it. This was Atwoods second publication, and my oh my has she come a long way since then! I’m happy to tick it off my Atwood reading list, but it’s not one I see myself coming back to.
What have you been reading recently? Any recommendations for me?
Until next time,