Apologies for such an extended absence; my reading list was temporarily abandoned in a flurry of other reading! I read The Giver, and will be posting a summary review soon, and I’m currently reading (and loving) Lost Souls, and will be sharing my thoughts as soon as I’ve finished. In the meantime, I thought I’d share some highlights of my recent reading escapades:
Nobody Is Ever Missing by Catherine Lacey: I’m sure my heart still stops beating whenever I think about this book. Catherine Lacey perfectly captures the feeling of losing yourself, and I fell completely in love with her prose and beautiful descriptions of a woman on the edge. It made for tough reading at times, because I’ve been through similar lows myself, but my experiences only made me appreciate Lacey’s incredible work all the more. The tagline of this blog is Thoreau’s quote, “How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book?” and this book definitely signified the beginning of a new era for me.
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler: Hilarious, heartwarming, and innovative, with one of the best twists I’ve ever encountered, this book was frankly robbed of the Booker Prize! I finished it in a day, and had a grin firmly plastered to my face throughout, completely absorbed in Fowler’s writing. For reasons I won’t spoil, this book is an especially great read for my fellow veggies/vegans and animal lovers.
The Divergent series by Veronica Roth: I’m no book snob, and dystopian YA fiction is one of my favourite genres. The Divergent series is second only to the Hunger Games trilogy in my eyes, a near-perfect tale of a utopia gone wrong. The bombshell dropped by Roth towards the end of the final book is possibly the boldest move I’ve seen from an author, and left me truly shell-shocked.
The Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness: More dystopian YA fiction! This series beautifully explores the senselessness of war and power relationships, alongside a backdrop of the usual adolescent themes. Bonus points for Manchee, the greatest canine character in literature.
Bright Young Things by Scarlett Thomas: Scarlett Thomas is one of my favourite authors (PopCo sits proudly in my all-time top five favourite books), and as a child of the Nineties, I adored Bright Young Things. Generation Y’s Lord of the Flies, this book explores relationships, ambition, and post-adolescent idealism as only Scarlett Thomas can. After I tweeted her to tell her how much I enjoyed the book, particularly the end, she told me that I was the only person in 15 years to understand its ending. I still feel very smug to have received such a compliment from one of my favourite authors!
I would recommend any and all of these books to a wide readership, and I hope that some of you will check them out. Let me know what you think!