Wednesday, 26 November 2014

In My Library

I've always been very into my books. I studied English literature at University which required me to read all sorts of literature every week, some I hated and some I loved then in my postgraduate study at LCF I read a new book on the history of fashion every week. Now I have a 40 minute commute to work every day and I get through a book every two weeks which, as I refuse to even consider using a kindle (I'm old fashioned when it comes to novels), makes for an expensive habit!

However the positive side is everyone always wants recommendations from me. A woman on the tube the other day handed me a book as she walked past to get off the train and said "this is by the same author and it's really good" and I thought I wanted to share some of my favourites too. These are in no particular order!

001: Jodi Picoult: Nineteen Minutes
I'm a huge Jodi Picoult fan, I love the style of her writing and the research behind it as well. This is one of my absolute favourites. I have to admit that once you've read a few of her novels there is a tell tale order to them that can lead to things seeming a bit expected but this one had me on the edge of my seat at all times.

002: Douglas Coupland: Hey Nostradamus!
I've read a couple of Douglas Coupland novels and I find them a little difficult to get into but this one had me from the beginning. It's based around 4 accounts of a high school shooting and it varies in style, which is I think what makes it so gripping.

003: Mohsin Hamid: The Relunctant Fundamentalist
I loved the way this novel was written as someone speaking directly to you in conversation. I found myself constantly questioning the narrative, thinking what every detail meant which is something I love in a novel. It also addresses some really controversial issues from a point of view you may not have considered.

004: Jodi Picoult: Lone Wolf
This I had to add to the list because it's not the type of novel I'd normally bother with as the story is fairly difficult to relate to - a man who lives with wolves and lives his life essential as part of a wolf pack - but it actually shot to the top of my list. The facts it produces on wolf packs was surprisingly fascinating and it's based on a true story, which makes it all the more interesting.

005: Diane Chamberlain: The Lies We Told
I started reading Diane Chamberlain after I was recommended her novels and I've been quite impressed. I've just finished this one and I really found it fascinating. It switches between two narratives and I found the start a little slow but once the story developed it was hard to put down with so many unexpected twists and turns.

006: F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby
This is still one of my all time favourite books and I think, genuinely, if you've never read it then you should pick it up! I've read it four times and I'm still surprised by some of the things I didn't pick up on the first few times. It's so elegantly written and the characters are so interestingly formed that you can't help but love it. I hate to say it but for me the new film really just didn't do it justice, the old film was closer!

007: Diane Chamberlain: Before The Storm
This was the first Diane Chamberlain novel I read and I have to admit it's not an easy starter as one of the main characters has a mental disability and it's partly written from his point of view in first person, which is a difficult narrative to stick with. I did, however, love the various points of view within the story and I thought the way the teenager with disabilities was written was very clever. My favourite part of this novel is the switch between times, giving flash back memories to explain the present.

If you have any recommendations for me I always welcome them, I have about 2 weeks until I have to purchase my next!!

Until next time, 
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  1. Thank you for the recommendations. I love reading novels, esp in the winter because I'm always lazy to get out of bed sooo reading novels is the only option for me haha. I'll be sure to check em out !

    Just found your blog and lovin it so farr..
    if you have a chance, i'll be ecstatic if you'd wanna check mines out :)

  2. Interesting post - I've never read anything by Diane Chamberlain but have added her to my list! I would recomment Flowers for Algernon, The Book Thief, Life of PI, In Cold Blood, Room, The Help, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Life after Life.

    Faye x
    i wish i could wink

  3. I bleddy love Jodi Picoult! I have all her books :)