I’ve had a bit more time for reading over the summer and wanted to share some of my favourite reads. I’ve also just got a Kindle and I love it! I put off getting one for years – since I’m the sort of person who loves the feel of a real book – but I was running out of room on my bookshelves (and bedside table) so decided to go for it. It also means I save money on books as they’re cheaper to download than to buy the real thing, and I don’t have to rush to Waterstones every time I need a new one.
Conversations With Friends – Sally Rooney
This book is witty and clever, but also emotional. About two young students who find themselves mixed up in a more grown up world, every girl in their 20’s will find something to relate to as the story explores love, jealousy, and friendship.
This is Going to Hurt – Adam Kay
As someone who works in the NHS, along side doctors and nurses everyday, I see first hand the pressures it is under. This Is Going to Hurt is the real-life diary of a junior doctor. Telling of the sorts of things he came across working in hospitals, it’s often hilarious and sometimes devastatingly sad, eventually explaining the reasons he decided not to carry on with his medical career. I want everyone to read this book; it’s brilliant, raw, and thought-provoking.
The End We Start From – Megan Hunter
This book is actually so hard to describe. It’s almost like poetry rather than prose, telling the story of a dystopian future where Britain has flooded, leaving the country beyond recognition, the beautiful writing gives a haunting warning about the future. I think I read this in one sitting and it’s an unusual story that will definitely stick with you.
Caraval – Stephanie Garber
The first in a trilogy, the centres around Caraval; a game full of magic where nothing is as it seems and two sisters who use the game as a way to escape their father. It’s a brilliant adventure in an incredible fantasy world that keeps you guessing all the time. If you’re a fan of The Night Circus, you’ll love this.
The Cows – Dawn O’Porter
As soon as I finished this, I had to recommend it to a friend. A story about 3 women who are all brought together in very interesting ways. I’ve never read a more frank, modern, and funny book about female friendships and it was definitely a breath of fresh air. The story is anything but boring; following an unexpected, and often shocking, narrative. I really don’t want to give away any spoilers but if you’re after something a bit different, funny, and need a bit of female empowerment, you need to give this book a try!