The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**K - Sarah Knight
I remember seeing this doing the round somewhere between this year and last, though mostly as a blogging photo prop! I've got to say, I didn't get a whole lot from it, except that even the word fuck can lose all meaning when used twice in every sentence. I get what Sarah is saying, you can't go around giving a toss about anything and everything just to please other people, and you can be selfish without being an arse but none of it was new to me giving some of my recent reads. If you find you are a people pleaser and will not so happily spend your weekends at baby showers, fun run sidelines or in other it makes them happy but not me situations then it's worth a read - and if not, it really does make a lovely photo prop!
Hygge - Charlotte Abrahams
Maybe it's the time of year, all dark nights and crunchy leaves, but I have been looking at Hygge more and more lately. Charlottes book starts off with a look at Hygge in design, it's influences on furniture and light fixtures, something that wasn't my cup of tea to begin with. Afterwards though she gets much more in the Hygge lifestyle, talking family time, meal time, Hygge in the workplace and her own journey through two divorces and several of life's curve balls. At times, it was actually a heart warming read, about how she has introduced Hygge into her home and her life, how that's impacted on her and her children, sharing tales of Hygge successes and failures. If you've not picked up a book about Hygge yet, this one is a great place to start!
The Marble Collector - Cecelia Ahern
Just when I think I've read every Ahern book out there, I see this on the shelf in my local library. How I missed it is anyones guess! I can't get enough of Aherns books and this one was brilliant, and a great improvement on the last I read by her, Lyrebird. Flitting between the past of her father and the present of Sabrina, as well as her fathers current situation in a residential home, this is a beautiful tale of what is lost, be it objects or memories, might not always be found, but that doesn't mean we can't create new ones along the way.
The Time Machine - H G Wells
I feel like I've been picking up a few classics when it comes to my sci-fi choices this year, and H G Wells' The Time Machine has really got to be one of the top sci-fi classics. Turns out that this book was the first to talk about and use time travelling in fiction. Aged as it is, it took some getting used to the language and the superfluous style but once I got past the first few chapters, I was hooked. The Time Traveller goes eight hundred thousand years into the future, and even Marty and The Doc couldn't predict this future. Lush green lands, the frolicking and simple Eloi, the dark and dangerous Morlocks, I wasn't gripped but I was intrigued. This book wasn't just a work of sci-fi, it was Wells' take on how society would eventually end up if the Victorians kept this distance between the haves and have nots. For me, it was a circle journey, going to the future was almost a step back in time, all our advances, our creations and creativity lost, evolution reversed. It was such an interesting look, after all, how many times does the distant future not revolve around flying cars and space travel?
The Couple Next Door - Shari Lapena
A recommended read by both Antonia and Hollie, this book was friggin brilliant. I'm not going to lie, it took a predictable turn or two which I found disappointing, until, it took some very unpredictable turns. When a couple go to a dinner party next door and leave their new baby home alone in the crib, what could possible go wrong? I had to laugh, I mean as if your baby going missing wasn't bad enough, what this couple then go through together and separately I couldn't have guessed in a million years. Just when you think you have it all figured out, Lapena doesn't throw a curve ball, she drops a wrecking ball on top of you. I love a good crime novel that focuses on the crime and the people effected over the investigators and this book does that so, so well. A gripping page turner, I found myself getting up early on a Sunday because I couldn't stop thinking about the last chapter I had read before bed the night before - that's how good this book is!
What pages have you been turning recently?
Until next time,