First 5 book reviews of 2017

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I have only read five so the pile in this picture is probably being a bit generous but it’s a nice image. That chair is so inviting, I would love to curl up with a coffee and read all day.

So one of my resolutions this year was to read more. (as if I’m the only one). I love to read and don’t seem to have the time, until I get into a good book and then pockets of time magically appear so I can sneak of and read and read and read. I wanted to make sure I always have a book on the go, I know it’s only February but I’ve managed to stick to it pretty well. I’m actually finding it quite addictive, like the more I read the more I cannot wait to read other books and just devour them. I regret not doing this sooner but hey 2016 wasn’t exactly a stella year for everyone was it?

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So the first book I read this year was Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, a classic that I never got round to reading but made it my priority this winter. It’s a hard slog and by the time I got to the end I felt like there should have been some sort of prize but I loved it. There is a reason this is a classic and why people keep re-reading it. I loved the style and how I could imagine everything so clearly; I cherish being transported to a time so different to mine, being in their world felt special. I fell in love with the March family and cried and laughed with them. What a hero of a writer.

7f78c3efe83491306e51e07491fe8547Skipping forward into very much this generation I then read Mindy Kaling’s Is everyone hanging out without me I already knew I loved this women so I didn’t really need to be won over. I adore the US Office and have recently started watching The Mindy Project so I was already sold. She really inspires me to work hard and go after what I want, it’s so amazing that we have so many more powerful, female role models now, still not enough but there are so many more than I remember growing up. I love her honest writing and cannot wait to delve into her second book.

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My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff, my boyfriend bought me this one for Christmas, amongst others, and I loved it almost immediately. Its about a young girl starting out in the literary world in New York in the 90’s. She finding her way, stumbling and striving, I found her more relatable as her story got deeper and the choices she had made were explained. Usually I can visualise the book I’m reading straight away and whilst I did with this one another sense grabbed at me that I wasn’t expecting. I found the sounds in the book to be intoxicating, the noise of the train and the transcribing machines in the office, imagining the sounds of the pages of the transcripts opening and coffee being slurped, it set the scene for me so well. Also her description and love for vintage clothes spoke to the costume designer part of my soul.

304bf6a43505f086268b6e8cfca29a5eTalking as fast as I can by Lauren Graham. I am a Gilmour Girls fan and a Lauren Graham fan for that matter so I was really keen to read this book about the return of the show. This was another inspiring one about how hard work really pays off, don’t give up and be confident. I always find it refreshing to hear about other peoples journeys, they struggled too – its not just me! Her spirit is infectious and uplifting, you cannot help but to go along  her train of thought with her. I could hear her reading it to me throughout and loved that, in a very low-key fan girl way it was like chatting to a friend.

a1e36ba133e7109d2a840a79499c0340A fortunate Age by Joanna Rakoff, ok so I may have bought this one after reading My Salinger Year, and I also may not be completely finished but I have have read enough of it to give my opinion. Although set in a similar time and place I knew this book has a different tone, I sometimes find the wonderings of each character a little hard to keep hold of and have found myself re-reading sections to catch up but I like her overall voice. It’s based around a group of college friends trying to find their way and carve out the next section of their lives with complicated relationships and new careers. Each person in the story is coming from a different angle and I enjoy how their narratives fuse together, I like the romantic picture she creates in this world and its like Joanna lets you in so close you could touch it.

Having written out this list I have just realised that they are all female authors. This was not intentional but I’m loving what it says about my latest literary choices. There are so many more books I want to read this year, a mixture of classics I’ve never read and new fiction I’ve never tried, I think I’ll keep track and keep reviewing

What are you guys reading at the moment?

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