Saturday, 2 May 2015

Recent Reads

Now that I have more time on my hands I seem to always have my nose in a book, whether I'm laid on the sofa or on the train - I just cant get enough! I have always had a deep routed love for reading and have never been without a fully stocked bookcase in my room. From being a nipper right the way through to adulthood - even through those difficult teen years I have always had a bookcase. I sometimes think about buying a kindle but something holds me back. I just love the romance of holding a book in your hands, turning the pages, displaying them after you've read them, passing them on to friends and attaching memories to that book. You may have noticed in the sidebar of my blog there is a image of Eloise. My mum used to read Eloise in Paris to me when I was a little girl and a lifelong love of Paris emerged as a result. I can vividly remember my Mum putting on a french accent when she read it to me and it is truly one of my most precious possessions and memories.

I thought it would be cool to start sharing my recent reads with you (something I've done throughout the years on my blog), what I thought of them without giving too much away and any recommendations from you. I'm currently on a mission not to buy anymore fiction books until I have read all of the unread books sitting on my shelves. There will be good reviews, there will be bad reviews and I'm sure you'll appreciate just because I love/hate something doesn't necessarily mean that you will too, but you may get the odd inspiration from these posts.   

I will read pretty much anything with the exception of a few genre's so you can expect to see a real variety of stuff in these posts. So without further ado here are my recent and current reads.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
The Luminaries is an incredibly complex novel set in the New Zealand Goldrush in 1866. This book is not for the faint hearted at 832 pages and it takes some sticking with but it is so worth it. My good friend Kate recommended this to me one afternoon whilst we we're browsing a bookshop months ago. The Luminaries won the Man Booker Prize in 2013 and I can totally see why. This gripping novel tells the story of Walter Moody who arrives in New Zealand to make his fortune and becomes tangled up in "a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky". Its a classic Victorian whodunnit with interweaving plots and characters. This book will not be for everyone as it is hard going at times, I however love it so far 360 pages in. (4/5)

Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin
I've had this book for years (since Victoria Beckham was pictured with it) but decided to read it recently after seeing a documentary on where our food actually comes from and some of our questionable food choices (this one if you're interested). I'm not about to become vegan or vegetarian for that matter - I don't really like putting strict labels on myself and how I choose to eat but I am open to educating myself more on food and where my food comes from. This book is a no nonsense approach to Veganism. It's packed with facts, figures and studies and also has some suggested recipes and ingredients at the back. Most of these are American so not really of any use to anyone in the UK. It is definitely thought provoking and has some useful information in there but overall I would say its just ok. (2/5) 

Yes Please by Amy Poelher
I bought this book after seeing several bloggers rave about it. Yes Please is a memoir of sorts with a mix of advice, stories, poems and of course humour. Amy shares stories of her past, parenthood, love, friendship and lots of tales of her career in comedy. I really wanted to love this book but I just didn't. For whatever the reason I just couldn't really connect to it and ended up forcing myself to read it. I know that there are lots of people out there who absolutely loved this book but it just wasn't for me. (1/5)

Calm by Michael Acton Smith
What a beautifully produced book. Craig bought me this as a gift as he knows how much I love the app. I devoured this book in around a day or so. Calm as the title suggests is full of tools, ideas and activities to help you regain that little bit of peace and headspace. Modern living is so stressful, we are constantly wired up to technology, whether it be our phones, laptops, TVs the list goes on. This book helps to guide you towards a more mindful way of living by making little changes. Calm is beautifully crafted and designed to be a pick up and read book, the pages are full of inspiration from art, poetry, proverbs, activities, tips and tricks and all round positive vibes. (5/5)

What are you reading recently? 

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  1. Yasss The Luminaries! So glad you enjoyed it. Calm looks brill- I'll defo give it a go.

  2. Oh all of these look so interesting! I've heard someone mention the Calm Book by Michael Acton Smith and I wasn't sure about it but after reading this Im definitely going to purchase it! Thanks for sharing these, I'll be checking back for some more recent reads as I love reading!

    Yas xx

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