At the beginning of the year I set myself 17 goals – one of these being to read for half an hour everyday. Reading is one of my favourite hobbies although it’s definitely one that I don’t make enough time for. Although I haven’t managed to read every single day, I’ve definitely fallen back in love with snuggling down on the sofa for the night with a good book. I recently just finished Girl on the Train which reignited my love for reading. I picked it up late one Friday night and within 2 days I had read cover to cover. This psychological thriller will have you on your edge of your seat. I couldn’t have been more wrong with the theories I came up with and I loved all the twists that unfolded especially towards the end. This gripping tale is a must read for everyone.
One of my favourite monthly rituals is to spend an hour or two snooping the shelves of the local Oxfam bookstore searching for my next novel. I always donate back what I am finished reading whilst picking up some more titles that take my fancy. What I especially love is that you can shop online if you`re after a particular title that they don’t have in store. Now that I have fallen back in love with reading I thought I would share with you what’s on my current reading list.
Flowers in the Attic by Virginia Andrews – I actually read the first book in the Dollanganger series years ago but I never got around to finishing the rest of the series. Recently I picked up Flowers in the Attic and Petals in the Wind to give them another go. This dark, gothic novel is not for the faint hearted and its scary to think this is based on a true story.
Stasiland by Anna Funder – On our most recent trip to Berlin we visited the former Stasi prison the Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen memorial. This memorial is my top recommendation for the city, with guided tours taking you around the deserted prison and its grounds. It is a chilling reminder of the fate of the countless people who fell victim here to the Stasi – Communist East Germany`s sinister secret police. Anna Funder tells the tales of those who lived in the former East Germany with real life accounts from former Stasi officials. Berlin has ignited a thirst for knowledge I’ve never had before with this novel offering an insight that I am yet to explore.
The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger – What girl can rests a good old-fashion love story? Although I am not the biggest fan of your typical chic lit, this is based on a extraordinary love story offering a unique and magical twist on the classic tear-jerking love story. From what I can remember of the film, I am sure this is going to leave me absolutely heartbroken, but the enchanting journey their will be worth it I am sure.
A Game of Thrones by George R Martin – Game of Thrones is everywhere you look at the moment with Season 7 drawing to a close. We’ve decided to re-watch from the beginning as Gavin had never seen any of the series before so we are currently only up to the beginning of series 5 (no spoilers please). In the meantime I wanted to start reading the books as I’ve heard mixed reviews from people that have read them and then watched the series and I am intrigued to see what I am missing out on.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – I remember trawling through twitter one day and I saw someone mention this as the new Gossip Girl. Now let’s be real, NOTHING is ever going to compare to the likes of Serena Van Der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf but after reading the blurb I have to say this did take my fancy. A thriller about the dangerous littles lies we tell ourselves just to survive. Described as staggeringly brilliant and now a hit HBO series, I’m expecting big things from this number one bestseller.
Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight – I’ve always been interested in self help books but I rarely make it past the second chapter. Sarah Knight’s anti-self-help self-help approach is right up my street and I picked up this and her first book to give myself a very much needed kick up the bum. When it comes to self-help I need a no sh*t, not sugar coated approach and I think I have found exactly that.
What’s on your current reading list?