I have mentioned a few times recently that one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to read more books than last year, which was a rather impressive number of 22. It’s now November and I’ve only managed to read 17, and so the chances of me reaching my target are looking increasingly slim. I blame my last few months in Melbourne, when I was more interested in going to bars, than sitting in reading books. Even if I don’t reach my goal of 23 books minimum, I have read some pretty great ones this year, ticking a number of titles off my ‘Must Read’ list that have been on there for a long time.
It would be really boring to list all the books I’ve read, so instead, here are a select few that I have read and loved.
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur – a heartbreakingly beautiful book of poetry that all girls in their 20’s need to read. There are poems for falling in love, for when your heart has been broken and you can’t put your feelings into words of your own, and when you are moving on and realising that life is beautiful, and hey, who needed that crappy person anyway when you are incredible on your own.
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult – a story about a black midwife accused of killing a new born baby by it’s white supremacist parents. I bought this for my flight to Melbourne, and jet lag ensured I had finished it within days.
The house at midnight by Lucie Whitehouse – a group of best friends start to spend their weekends at an old mansion, inherited after one of their uncles commits suicide. It’s at this house, during a long, hot summer, that everything changes, tensions escalate, friendships are shattered, and lives ruined.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margret Atwood – I first read this book when I was 18 on a girls holiday to Zante (yes, I understand how contrastingly weird this is), and I enjoyed it so much it. It opened my eyes to dystopian style novels, which I have devoured ever since. Then, when I saw they were making a series of the show, I read it again, and the second time around was even better, especially in the context of a Trump America.
The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas – set in Melbourne, the book starts at a family BBQ, where one of the guests slaps a three year old child across the face, a child who isn’t his own. What follows after is told from the point of view of 8 of the party guests. What I loved most about this book is reading about all the places I had become so familiar with over the last 8 months living in Melbourne.
What books have you loved recently? I would love to know so I can add them to my list!