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Winter is always a great time to curl up with a good book (or several good books!). As a total bookworm it takes very little provocation for me to dive into a good book, and this year I’m determined to be better at recording what I do read here. Here are a few of my recent reads:
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
I’m a Mindy Kaling fan. I liked her in The Office, I enjoy The Mindy Project, and I devoured Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me. She’s such a smart, witty writer, and I always enjoy reading authors who are as pop culture obsessed as I am. My favourite portion was probably the emails from teacher-Mindy….very funny. A great, fun, uplifting read.
The Girls, by Emma Cline
This book doesn’t actually release until June of this year, but is already being heralded as the debut of 2016. I was lucky enough to receive a preview copy, back in October when I went to see the author, Emma Cline in conversation with Salman Rushdie.
This book is vivid, unsettling, and strange….in a good way. As I turned the final page and completed the book I think my exact words were “that was…..weird.” And it is – it’s a great book, but the theme and the style makes it creepy and a little bit dreamlike. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s the kind of boom that takes you on a real journey, and Evie’s tale is told in raw, vivid way – some of the imagery is still stuck in my head, over a fortnight later…..
A great book, and Cline is clearly a talent to watch.
Killing Monica, by Candace Bushnell
Another book I picked up at an event, this time at the Red Magazine lunch with Candace Bushnell herself (such a funny, fierce, intelligent woman. Loved meeting her!). I’ve been meaning to read it for ages, and finally made time to as my first book of 2016. This book is classic Bushnell – funny, inscisive, entertaining. At points it was a little too frothy for me (you know, when the chicklit convention of naming designer brands / name-drops wears a little thin – but I’m aware for others this is the best bit!), but I loved the story, the characters and the slapstick comedy of many of the scenes. A fun, swift read – perfect for a grey January.
More on my reading soon, I’m getting through books at a decent clip again, and will do these review posts in trios, I think. Next three books are:
In Order To Live
Pride & Prejudice (felt like time for a re-read!)
The Good Liar
PS If you haven’t seen this yet, this piece is great: 28 authors on the book that changed their life
PPS As well as reading, of course I’ve been writing – loved putting this piece on Five Scottish Gems Everyone Should Visit together for Emma’s lovely blog.