I have always enjoyed reading, as a child on holiday I had my nose in a book at every opportunity. It used to be a joke that once I'd started reading no one could talk to me because I just wouldn't hear them. I love getting lost in a story line and being completely absorbed in the writing. With that in mind, I do mainly read fiction books. Recently I bought Girl Boss which is not my usual purchase but I have heard it's really interesting and inspiring, but as of now it's still on my bookshelf as I just keep picking up new fiction novels.
I use Goodreads to track my reading and I've set myself a goal to read 20 books in 2016, I'm doing okay so far - 6 down, 14 to go! I wanted to give a run down of some of my favourite reads this year. They are all very different books, but all really good reads in my opinion.
Starting with the one I'm currently reading, I'm about three quarters of the way through. My uni friend has been recommending I read The Bell Jar for years and I really don't know why it has taken me this long. The basic premise of this story is about a girl named Esther who has won an internship at a New York fashion magazine. She is, in theory, at a great point in her life. However she is battling with depression and mental health issues and this book tells of her struggles. It is partially autobiographical which makes the book all the more touching. I am finding this so interesting to read, to see how her feelings and emotions are processed. Be warned though, this book is very sad so if you're looking for something uplifting, this is not for you.
This book was bought for me by my lovely boyfriend for Valentines Day. I hadn't actually heard of this before, but I believe it is really popular. Kazoo Ishiguro has a beautiful way with words and I adored how this was written. I found this book to be a head scratcher, I was talking to my friends about it and just feeling like I had no idea what was happening. But not in a bad way, just in a way that made me keep on reading. The book is based in a boarding school, where the pupils don't have any contact with the outside world. It explores how your mind can conform to way of thinking if that is all you have ever known, they believed everything that was happening was normal because that's what they were told. I thought this was really interesting as this can so easily be applied to so many things in our society.
This is definitely a lot more of a light hearted read than the previous two I've mentioned. I have read One Day by David Nicholls and really enjoyed that so I felt pretty confident I would like this book too, and I wasn't wrong. This follows the journey of a couple and their son, the wife says she thinks she wants to get divorced but they have already booked a long holiday as a family so she says she will delay her decision until afterwards. Throughout the holiday Douglas tries to win back his wife by having the perfect trip. It's heartwarming and sad all at once, the characters are written in a way that makes you feel as though you know them. I love when a writer can really give you a sense of the characters personalities and David Nicholls does this brilliantly.
This book came up in my Amazon recommendations, described as gripping psychological thriller. I am still undecided if I enjoy thrillers or not, they are definite page turners but I often find myself guessing the ending which is disappointing. However I did enjoy this book and I didn't guess the ending exactly right which is a bonus. It's about a girl who is found murdered in a small village and the story follows the investigation to find out who is the murderer. The story touches on domestic abuse and the impacts that has on the family. It was an interesting read, and written really well. I would like to read more by Debbie Howells.
I hope you enjoyed these quick reviews and maybe found a new book you'd like to read. Any recommendations are welcome in the comments!