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Monday, 29 August 2016

My summer reading list

I've been a huge book lover all of my life. As a kid I read at a much higher level, and as a teen spent the majority of my time in the local library picking up books, usually from the adult section rather than the teens. I liked nothing more than sitting in corner with my nose in a book and a cup of tea in hand.

As I got older I spent less time reading for pleasure, especially with university and then diploma studies,as well as working and having a social life. I did however tend to read a lot whilst commuting though this slowed down whilst I worked and travelled with Dann. Last year I picked up reading whilst travelling again for work, and continued this year until Henry was born where I honestly didn't pick up a book for the first five weeks.

After many a discussion with a couple of girlfriends who are totally addicted to books I started to reminisce how much I loved a good book. I have a large collection of over 150 books in my home, which is always growing. And whilst I maternity leave I had a lot of spare time, but needed to do something that was easy to pick up and drop off quickly and without any fuss. Reading just seemed perfect,and I already had a stack of books hidden in my bookcase that I had yet to read, and a rather long, and ever added to, Amazon wishlist of books, plus recommendations a-plenty.

So I read this summer for the first time in a long time, purely for myself. It felt great to dive into a mix of different books and escape the world, especially when I'd had a particularly tricky parenting day or night.
I thought I'd share my reading list with you and hope that you too will be inspired to pick up a book and hide away from technology, just for a little while.

Drown by Esther
This is the retelling of the Little Mermaid with a twisted dark storyline. It isn't the longest book in the world but is beautifully written and a brilliant plot.
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
I picked this one up at the beginning of the summer, and kind of dropped it for a few months, but returned to it. I loved The Husband's Secret by the same author, and although this isn't as good, it does develop a good storyline if you give it time. It's kind of got an intrigue that keeps you reading because you really want to know the end!

Inferno by Dan Brown
I really love Dan Brown's books but actually I don't remember reading this despite it being on our bookshelf for years (probably because it is a hardcover version which is bulky to carry around) and being set in one of my favourite places and based on Dante's Inferno which I adore. We bought it whilst on honeymoon, where one of our stops was Florence where the book is set. In fact on opening the book I discovered a train ticket from Venice to Paris from our honeymoon which had been used as a bookmark, possibly by Dann or maybe by me! Of course it lives up to Dan Brown's usual standard and I am so so excited to see the film adaptation - which was the main reason for picking up the book this summer.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Another book being adapted for the big screen, I needed to read this before watching it. I'ma huge believer in reading the book before seeing the film, it's just the way I am. This came highly recommended by a couple of friends and delivered. It was truly breathtaking.

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice/A N Roquelaure
This book I picked up after I saw it on Cally's instagram. I love a pretty cover, and a fairytale with a unique twist and this encompassed both.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind
I love an olden day classic and am putting in more effort into buying and reading them. I've had this on my wishlist forever and only just got round to buying it this summer.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn 
From the author of Gone Girl which by the way is an amazing book, and Dark Places which is also a fab read, I needed to get another Gillian Flynn novel for my collection. I just quite simply love her writing which is unusual for me unless it's a crime fiction novelist.

What books have you read this summer that you think I should pick up next? Or an all time favourite book? I'm always looking for something new to add to my collection.


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