Monday, 23 March 2015

On the Reading List | March 2015


Back again with another 'On the Reading List' for March. This year I've challenged myself to read 50 books, I'm really starting to get back into reading and I'm loving it! Here's what's on my reading list - 

'Is Everyone Hanging Out Without ME? (And Other Concerns)' - Mindy Kaling - Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: comedienne, actress, obedient child of immigrant professionals and, now, writer. With a blend of witty confessions and unscientific observations, Mindy writes about everything from being a timid young chubster afraid of her own bike to living the Hollywood life, dating, friendships and planning her own funeral – all executed with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls.

'Cloud Atlas' - David Mitchell - Six interlocking lives - one amazing adventure. In a narrative that circles the globe and reaches from the 19th century to a post-apocalyptic future, Cloud Atlas erases the boundaries of time, genre and language to offer an enthralling vision of humanity's will to power, and where it will lead us.

'The Lovely Bones' - Alice Sebold - This is Susie Salmon. Watching from heaven, Susie sees her happy, suburban family devastated by her death, isolated even from one another as they each try to cope with their terrible loss alone. Over the years, her friends and siblings grow up, fall in love, do all the things she never had the chance to do herself. But life is not quite finished with Susie yet...

'Trust in Me' - Sophie McKenzie - Julia has always been the friend that Livy turns to when life is difficult. United fifteen years ago by grief at the brutal murder of Livy's sister, Kara, they've always told each other everything. Or so Livy thought. When Julia is found dead in her home, Livy cannot come to terms with the news that she chose to end her own life. The Julia that Livy knew was vibrant and vivacious, a far cry from the selfish neurotic that her family seem determined to paint her as. Troubled by doubt but alone in her suspicions, Livy sets out to prove that Julia was in fact murdered. But little does she realise that digging into her best friend's private life will cause her to question everything she thought she knew about Julia. And the truth that Livy discovers will tear the very fabric of her own life apart.

'The Miniaturist' - Jessie Burton - On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways...

'We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves' - Karen Joy Fowler - Rosemary's young, just at college, and she's decided not to tell anyone a thing about her family. So we're not going to tell you too much either: you'll have to find out for yourselves, round about page 77, what it is that makes her unhappy family unlike any other. Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone - vanished from her life. There's something unique about Rosemary's sister, Fern. And it was this decision, made by her parents, to give Rosemary a sister like no other, that began all of Rosemary's trouble.

'Wild' - Cheryl Strayed - At twenty-six, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's rapid death from cancer, her family disbanded and her marriage crumbled. With nothing to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to walk eleven-hundred miles of the west coast of America and to do it alone. She had no experience of long-distance hiking and the journey was nothing more than a line on a map. But it held a promise - a promise of piecing together a life that lay shattered at her feet...

'The Girl in the Photography' - Kate Riordan - When Alice Eveleigh arrives at Fiercombe Manor during the long, languid summer of 1933, she finds a house steeped in mystery and brimming with secrets. Sadness permeates its empty rooms and the isolated valley seems crowded with ghosts, none more alluring than Elizabeth Stanton whose only traces remain in a few tantalisingly blurred photographs. Why will no one speak of her? What happened a generation ago to make her vanish?

What have you been reading?

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  1. Cloud Atlas sounds absolutely amazing, I'll definitely have to pick that up!

    Maxine, xo
    http://maxinewhitneyy.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. I really need to get back into reading as it is the perfect way to wind down after a long day at work. The Lovely Bones is such an amazing book, so thought provoking..enjoy :) xx

    www.kirstytalks.co.uk

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  3. Sounds like you've got some great books lined up! I just recently got back into reading as a method of combating my insomnia. I started The Miniaturist but just couldn't get into it. I've recently read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey and How to Fall in Love by Cecilia Ahern. I really enjoyed all of them. I'm currently on A Mother's Story by Amanda Prowse.. I'd love to see how you get on with all of these and if there's any that stand out, I may have to add them to my list too! Thanks for sharing x

    Kirsty - Effortlessly Excessive

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  4. I read WILD in January. An amazing book, and what an incredible journey, but I did find some parts a bit dull, and was almost willing myself to finish it.
    I really want to read Mindy's book, you actually just reminded me to put it on my list :)
    I recommend 'Still Alice' I just read the entire book in two days, couldn't put it down
    x tink x
    allabouttink.co.uk

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  6. I loved The Lovely Bones, so sad but incredibly written, have you seen the film? I loved the Cloud Atlas film but have heard that the book is alot different

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    1. I have seen the film, it made me want to read to book! I haven't seen Cloud Atlas yet, I wanted to read the book first! :) x

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  7. I saw Wild not long ago and loved it. I must read the book, hope you enjoy it!

    Katie xoxo

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    1. Ooh I can't wait to watch the film, I've just finished the book, I would definitely recommend it, I loved it! :) xx

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