This is a four book ‘Recent Reads’ Post! Hurrah!
I got so into reading over the Christmas break, but then January happened… so this blog post is really quite late!
There’s something so lovely about curling up in the warm, under a blanket, when it’s frosty outside and loosing yourself in a fabulous book. I love a little bit of comfort and quiet – reading for me is a perfect antidote to a busy week.
So, to what I’ve been reading recently and what I thought….
Christmas Under the Stars – Karen Swan
I am a sucker for advertising, and there was a time that I was commuting into Covent Garden every day from Bucks for work. Back in November 2011 I saw an advert for ‘Christmas at Tiffanys’ on the underground. Needing a new chick-lit, and loving the idea of a Christmassy book I bought it and adored it. Karen Swan has quickly become one of my favourite authoresses.
It’s a book for women – don’t get me wrong, but it is anything but mindless. I hate chick-lits that within the first paragraph you can predict the rest of the book. Swan writes with real intellect, passion and the most amazing style – I will recommend her to anyone (and often do). Thankfully every year she has released a new book every Christmas time, so reading her new one has become a December reading tradition for me! ‘Christmas under the Stars’ was truly amazing. Set in Canada; it’s a story of love, loss, an astronaut, and a bear attack… read it you won’t be disappointed! Promise!
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
This is one of my all-time favourite novels. When I was little, I had this story on tape (I’m a child of the nineties) read by Emilia Fox. I loved it – and listened it until I knew all the words – and accents! We studied it when I was in year 6 we took turns in reading it out loud. When it came to me I was so excited and read it aloud…with the accents. I got an extra-long turn at reading aloud and my teacher was thrilled!
The Secret Garden is such a beautiful book, set in the Yorkshire moors and is so moving, powerful and full of magic. It’ll be one I read to my future children when they’re little. That’s for sure!
The Outrun – Amy Liptrot
I had seen this book advertised a lot in my local Waterstones, and in every National Trust property shop I had stumbled into, it had also been recommended to me by a close friend. The cover is so beautiful and so I bought it without reading the blurb and dove right in. My assumptions would be that this was a book about the countryside, and the sea and would be a windswept and romantic tale. My assumptions were wrong. This book is about a woman’s recovery from alcoholism and how she returned to her family farm in Orkney to help her get over her addiction. It’s a powerful, visceral, painful and tough read, but it’s worth it. I loved reading this, and although it was not what I had expected it was fantastic!
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – JK Rowling
Before the ‘Cursed Child’ I’d never read a script before for pleasure, so that format takes me a while to get into. I absolutely loved the film though, and this was a birthday present and it has the most beautiful book cover! When I read it, it was like watching the film again in my head. I sped through it and loved re-visiting all the characters and scenes in my head – visualising Eddie Redmayne is no bad thing!
As for now…. I’m currently reading ‘Small Great Things’ by Jodie Picoult. It’s been pretty intense so far but she writes so well and I’m completely immersed and racing through. Loving it. I’ll report back soon!
Have you got any book recommendations for me? Write your comments in the box below!
Happy reading everyone
– C xx