Hello Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was pretty non-eventful and lazy apart from hosting a BBQ with friends on Saturday and then heading out for drinks which was lovely. I went exploring on Sunday and found a reserve near to my home where I read in the sun for an hour, and it inspired me to do another reading post.
I have put this list together specifically with the books that I read while I was travelling. My first reading list post is here and includes some of my favourite books. I resisted getting a Kindle for a long time, because I love the feel of holding a book, the slow progress through the pages, and then putting on your shelf amongst all the other stories you’ve read. But I knew that I’d want to do a lot of reading on my month’s travels on the way to Australia, and yet my packing space was limited.
So my parents kindly gave me a Kindle for Christmas and I absolutely love it. I love the ease of being anywhere (airport, a random cafe with wifi in Thailand…) and being able to buy any book you fancy. They’re also cheaper than the hard copies which is a good bonus. This doesn’t mean I’m writing off books completely – I still want my home to have shelves stuffed with books – but it’s so great for reading on the go as it’s so light.
I read good mix of books while I was away and here are most of them. These aren’t proper reviews but briefly sum up what I thought of them…
Orange is the New Black Piper Kerman
I read this before I had seen any of the series (which I started yesterday and wow, but that’s for another post) so I’m not sure how it would read if you’d already seen the series. I enjoyed this so much. I love reading books based on true stories – it adds so much depth and reality to the stories.
Sharp Objects Gillian Flynn
I chose this because I loved Gone Girl but this is a darker and comes with a word of warning! It’s a weird and slightly disturbing murder mystery, however it has some great twists and I was gripped I have to say.
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves Karen Joy Fowler
I really recommend this! It’s all about a girl who was raised alongside a chimpanzee as her sister for the first five years of her life. Fast-forward almost two decades, the book is all about how Rosemary was affected by this and also by her sister’s mysterious disappearance. This book manages to be warm and heart-breaking at the same time, and I loved it.
Wild Cheryl Strayed
This is such a beautiful book about Cheryl’s hike along the Pacific Crest Trail in 1995. She walks it to help herself through a difficult portion of her life following her Mother’s premature death. There are ups and downs and I found it so inspiring. I actually just went to see the movie this afternoon, and while it didn’t go into nearly as much detail as the book, the scenery was stunning and I now want to take a trip there!
The Rosie Project Graeme Simsion
There was a lot of hype around this, and being a super popular book of the moment, I decided to see what the fuss was about. I have to say I was pretty disappointed. It’s about an autistic man who decides he’d like a wife and goes about it in an unusual way. It’s just all very predictable and left me feeling a bit ‘meh’. The characters are great, but apart from that I didn’t love it.
The First Last Kiss Ali Harris
I read this on the plane leaving England, as I needed something light and easy to read. It turned out to be super sad but I really enjoyed it! It tracks the relationship of a couple through their ups and downs. It’s a bit hollywood/cheesy at times but I couldn’t put it down. As I mentioned in my other reading list, I love a book which makes me cry ha.
I’m currently halfway through Kazuo Ishiguro’s Remains of the Day and it’s great so far. What books have you read lately? Any recommendations? And what are your thoughts on the Kindle?