Reading Round-Up

I've mentioned in a few posts this year about what books I've been reading, but I thought I would round them up all together in one post, especially as I've smashed my target this month already. Reading is one of those things that I always seem to forget how much enjoyment I get out of it, until I start reading again. 

Life After Life, Kate Atkinson

This was such a good book and made me cry at numerous points throughout. I really enjoyed the idea of exploring what would happen if different choices were made in a person's life- very Sliding Doors. This is definitely one that you should read!

Cartes Postales From Greece, Victoria Hislop

This was a Christmas present from my nan so I wasn't really sure what to expect. I ended up really enjoying it and it was a very compelling read. I also really liked the stories in a story aspect of the book. The descriptions of Greece really made me crave sunshine, sea and sand which kinda helped with the grey January when I read it. 

Oranges, John McPhee

I haven't read much non-fiction this year, so I definitely need to change that up soon! It wasn't as enjoyable as I was hoping it would be, and it got a little bogged down briefly, but that didn't last long and it was really interesting insight into Orange growing and production.

The Ashes of London, Andrew Taylor

I seem to have read a number of historical mystery books this year and this one was a nice account of historical London. It was a little slow at times, but always kept me reading.

The Distracted Preacher, Thomas Hardy

I love me some Thomas Hardy, and while this was not one of my favourites of his, it was still a fun little short read, and much more lighthearted than some of his novels. I liked how it had a little mystery to it and enjoyable characters.

The Noise of Time, Julian Barnes

For me, this book really resonated with all of the political stuff that has been going on the last couple of years. I couldn't put it down at all. It's an interesting look at the moral choices we make, or don't make and definitely an important book to read. 

Conspiracy, S.J Parris

This was a good read, but did get a little slow at points, and took a while to get going. It tried to make lots of twists and turns that sometimes seemed pretty obvious at points too. I did enjoy the historical setting and the French court scenes and it was a fun historical detective story. 

Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This book was utterly heart-breaking throughout but one I would really, really recommend anyone to read. It covered a point in history I don't know much about, and the writing was incredibly evocative. 

Rivers of London, Ben Aaronovitch

This was quite a change from Half of a Yellow Sun, so it took me a while to get used to the change in writing style. The plot was maybe a little obvious at points, and occasionally relied on happy coincidences. It was enjoyable to read, but not one I would be bothered about re-reading. 

The Muse, Jessie Burton

I much preferred this book to her previous novel The Miniaturist. I liked the multiple story aspect to The Muse and working out the little mysteries of the story. 

Dictator, Robert Harris

Having studied Classics at university and being a Robert Harris fan, I was always going to enjoy his final book in his Cicero series. I really enjoy Harris' writing style as it's so easy to read whilst also being incredibly compelling which can be difficult with certain parts of history. Knowing Cicero's fate did make reading this a little difficult at points. 

Mothering Sunday, Graham Swift

Graham Swift writes so beautifully and his words really paint such pictures. I love how at various points a word gets extra focus. I liked how it focused on the one day, but you find out so much about the main characters life and future.

The Optician of Lampedusa, Emma Jane Kirby

Another story that made me cry, or had me on the edge of tears throughout. This is a story that is so incredibly relevant, and highlights the disconnect we can all feel from events that happen in the news to when we witness them in real life. Even more heartbreaking is that this is based on true events.