The February Bookshelf

26th July 2018

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetSo now that I’m no longer a English Lit student “reading” a different book a week, I decided to set myself the target of reading 30 books this year. That doesn’t sound so bad right? So I thought I’d share the books I’m currently making my way through and a few that I plan to read this year.

The Danish Girl – David Ebershoff:
Recently been made into a major film starring Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl follows the struggles of a transgender male living in 20th century Europe. This tender portrayal of marriage discusses the love between two people and the strain that it placed upon them when Einar struggles with his identity. Currently I am only half way through this, but the writing is evocative and captures your attention from the offset. I am enjoying reading something a little different to my usual books, and I’ll definitely want to see the film once I know the ending! I’d really recommend this.

Dark Places – Gillian Flynn:
Another of Flynn’s mystery novels which explores the Satanic Cult hysteria that consumed America in the 1980’s, whilst also discussing class issues and intense poverty. This book is next on my to read list. I find Flynn’s novels to be engrossing reads that I struggle to put down. Although her writing, and characters, can be a little odd compared to other contemporaries, the mystery element is sure to grab your attention and keep you reading. This is another book that is being made into a film, and after enjoying Gone Girl so much, I’ll be sure to see this one.

All I Know Now – Carrie Hope Fletcher:
A rising west-end actress and Youtube phenomenon, Carrie’s book is a funny retelling of her adolescence in which she reveals the troubles with bullying, puberty and just generally growing up. An extension of her blog and youtube channel, this book is like reading sisterly advice on every subject. I was a little apprehensive that this book would only be beneficial to teenagers dealing with the issues we all went through, but actually I’ve found there to be little bits that apply even to a twenty year old! This is a perfect read to cheer you up about life and all the embarrassing mistakes you’ve ever made – because we’ve all made them too! I’m looking forward to Carrie’s fiction novel coming out in July!

Not Always Happenstance – Rachel Anderson
I was fortunate enough to receive a review copy of this thanks to a website Ebooks For review (find here.) I’ve yet to read this novel, but it sounds like something that is right up my street. I’ve also never heard of the writer so I don’t know a great deal about this book, so instead I’ll insert a brief exert of how Kathy from I am a reader describes it.
“But, like a large wave on the brink of breaking, [Lani’s] life is about to crash out of control. A proposal of marriage, a conniving grandmother, a cryptic Asian woman, and a handsome guest, and suddenly everything calm begins to churn, everything clear becomes confused, and all that was normal segues into peculiar.”

I hope to write reviews for each of these novels up on here, but if you’d like to know how I’m getting on and what I’ve read previously feel free to follow me on Goodreads here.

What are you reading right now? Do you have a reading goal for 2016?

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