Books, books, books...Sunday, 9 November 2014
What a creative title, eh? I worked really hard on that one.
I've been wanting to do a post on book recommendations for a while now - it seems 2013/2014 were/are my years for reading because I've read more books in the past two years than I think I have my whole life. Let me just say something real quick though...
There was a huge gap in my life where I didn't read anything. It was predominantly my late teenager years/early adulthood. I almost considered myself a 'non-reader' - I know, yuck. I kid, but really - I hate that term. Anyway, I think I just didn't know what I was into, and before The Gap, I had always read exceptionally GREAT books, and the thought of picking up just any old book that had the potential to not interest me was frankly, terrifying. I know, that could be like, a week of my life...gone.
It was a terrible attitude, and one which I still carry today, but hey at least I've made a pretty big effort lately. I've discovered what I like to read, and I've really jumped into the deep end. I think the bookshop has become my second favourite place to shop (after Mecca, naturally).
My point is - I don't choose books light handedly. A lot of research goes into it, and so far I have been pretty impressed with what I've read. It's addictive, and it's resulted in a book haul, who'd have thought? Me? And now I'm sharing it with you, on my beauty blog.
So, these are not recommendations, as I have not read them yet, but I really wanted to share them all with you because they sound amazing. I would love to do a recommendations post later on though, maybe when I finish these (err, if I finish them...) so let me know if that's something you'd be interested in!
Shatter by Michael Robotham
I discovered this from a Nouvelle Daily Book Club post, and it stood out to me instantly. It's a psychological thriller, so it's right up my alley. Whilst third in a series, it can apparently be read without prior knowledge of the other two, but I'm sure I will end up looking into those as well. The main gist of the story is based on a villain who, using extremely intelligent military skills in psychological warfare, manipulates his victims into killing themselves. The protagonist is a psychologist who seems mixed up in his own problems, and from the reviews I've read, the characters are extremely well developed. Stephen King declared this the most suspenseful book he's read all year, and if that isn't incentive to read it, I don't know what is.
The Vanishing Act Of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell
I actually found this on a Staff Pics shelf at Dymocks. I've never noticed the shelf before, so helpful! It's a book and author I've never heard of before, so I was a bit hesitant but the review from the staff member said 'never has a book had such a lasting effect on me before' and I was like, well.
It's about a young woman who receives a call from a mental institution about to close down, informing her about her Great Aunt who has been under their care for sixty years, and whom needs a place to live now. The catch is: she had no idea she even had a Great Aunt, let alone one in a mental institution. Without wanting to give too much away, it's a story of family secrets, betrayal and human life and from all the reviews I've read, excellently written. I am quite excited.
Before I Go To Sleep by S.J Watson
You have possibly seen or heard about this book recently - there's about to be a movie released starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth based on this book. I really want to read the book before I see the movie, it's never the same when it's the other way around, is it?
I was initially hesitant about picking this up. It's a story of a woman who cannot hold onto memories, she wakes up everyday still thinking she is a child, and keeps a journal to try and re collect her knowledge every time she wakes up. She struggles to learn who to trust, and it all seems a little reminiscent of Memento, don't you think? I'm willing to give it a go though, my love for psychological thrillers will never cease.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
A bit of an odd choice for me, as I feel like this is something that maybe I would have enjoyed more at 16, not 25. None the less, I decided to give it a go - it's only a very short book, and it does come with high recommendations (plus a movie shortly) so I may be pleasantly surprised.
Another recommendation from the Nouvelle Daily girls, this story is told in flashbacks by a girl called Mia, who has been in a tragic car accident, killing all her family and leaving her in a coma. She has to make the ultimate choice - to stay on Earth and face the loss of her family, or die. It reminds me of The Lovely Bones, but I've been promised it's so much more and I know I am bound to cry. I always do.
Missing You by Harlan Coben
Another staff pick at Dymocks, I love those guys. This one was described as the best murder mystery they had ever read, so obviously I was clutching it dearly in my arms. I have heard that Harlan Coben is an exceptional thriller writer, so I have no doubts this will be a good read. From what I can gather, it surrounds Kat, an FBI investigator who is currently working on a missing persons case, whilst simultaneously trying to solve her fathers mysterious murder twenty years ago, and who also came across her ex-fiancee on a dating website who she had not heard from in 18 years. Apparently, all these tie together and although this is a rubbish description...I am really hanging onto 'best murder mystery ever'.
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
This is the sequel to The Cuckoo's Calling, the book penned by J.K Rowling under a pseudonym. I spent a lot of The Cuckoo's Calling not enjoying it, I thought it was too slow moving, but then in the end I got really into it, so I thought I would give the sequel a go. There's no doubt she's a talented writer, but I'm still not sold on her crime writing - but I'm still willing to give her a chance. You can't help but think about Harry Potter when reading her other novels, and I wouldn't want to shut her other books out because of the pedestal I have her own because of Harry Potter.
This was a bit awkward to write, as I have obviously not read any of these, but I wanted to share my picks because I was so excited about them! Let me know in the comments if you have read any of these (spoiler free, of course) and any recommendations for other books are most certainly welcomed.