We all love a good shopping haul don’t we? I love watching Primark hauls on YouTube, but as I’m currently trying to curve my Primark-addiction I thought I’d tell you about my other love: books.
In case you didn’t know, I love to read; I’ve been an avid reader since I was a child and I spent a whole three years studying books for a degree in English. I’ve spent a lot of time reading the classics, and I also read a lot of Gothic novels and existential literature, such as Albert Camus’ The Stranger. Recently, though, I’ve been trying to read more contemporary literature, and I recently bought a bunch of books that I’m really excited to get stuck in to.
Here’s what I picked up!
Margaret Atwood The Heart Goes Last (2016) – Virago Press
I was introduced to Margaret Atwood and the world of dystopian literature at sixth form, when we studied The Handmaid’s Tale. I was blown away by how eerie and imaginative this fictional world was, and equally impressed by how engaging Atwood’s prose is. I’ve gone on to be a firm fan and I’m making my way though her extensive back catalogue. The Heart Goes Last is Atwood’s latest novel, and so I picked it up the second I saw it in my local Waterstones. I’ve avoided reading much about the novel as I don’t want to spoil anything for myself, so if you want to know what it’s about I suggest you give it a lil’ Google. Trust me though, this author is seriously good.
M. R. Carey The Girl With All The Gifts (2016) Orbit
My sister recommended this book to me, she’s also a dystopian fan and always has a good book on the go. I’ve started reading this book because it’s been turned into a film (as you can see from the cover) and apparently the trailer gives away pretty much everything that is slowly revealed throughout the books, and I want to read it before I see any spoilers! Today, being a ‘word-of-mouth’ bestseller is a very good indication of quality, and though I’m only a quarter of the way into this novel, I’m really enjoying it. The great Josh Whedon (of Buffy fame) says the book is “so surprising, so warm and yet so chilling… as fresh as it is terrifying”, and if that doesn’t sway you then this book is not for you. I’ll put a full review of this up once I’ve finished it.
Lena Andersson A Novel About Love (2015) Picador
I was sent this book by the lovely people over at Picador, so I have to admit I don’t know much about it, apart from the fact that it’s a translation of the original text from Sweden, and a ‘novel about love’. The text won an award in Sweden and I’m actually really excited to read this; it’s quite short so I might be able to fit it in after The Girl With All The Gifts.
Aatish Taseer The Way Things Were (2015) Picador
This was also sent to me by the team at Picador; it’s a pretty hefty book set in India. I haven’t heard of this author before; and it seems quite different to the type of literature I usually read, so I’m not sure how I’ll get on with this, but I’ll be sure to let you guys know when I get to it!
What are you guys reading?