I have been reading some amazing books of late some are just a bit too good, so I decided to do this recent book stack a bit different to the others and be brief, this isn’t me being lazy I assure you, it’s just that if I start typing I will let loose, as you will see from Small Great Things. So these are some books you absolutely must pick up and read this year!
Reasons to stay alive – I did a blog post on this book here so I won’t go into this in too much detail but this book is a real life saver. I was losing perspective a bit before Christmas, I was just over tired and always looking one step ahead. The biggest lesson I took from this book was to live more in the moment, you see these words are thrown around so often but the way Haig put pen to paper really resonated with me and has really helped my mindset for 2017.
Harry Potter and the Curse Child – I am a massive Harry Potter fan, I don’t think I will ever tire of the magic. So I decided in December to treat myself to this book. I wasn’t too sure how I would find reading a screenplay as I haven’t read a play since A-Level English, but I read the book in a day so there was obviously no need to worry. I felt instantly thrown back into my childhood, back to reading all the original books. JK Rowling has definitely not lost any of her Harry Potter flare. I loved every page in this book and would recommend to any Harry Potter fan out there, I just hope one day I can go see it in the West End.
Small Great Things – I use to read a lot of Jodi Picoult books when I was a teenager so I was excited to see this on the shelf. The book is split into three narratives, Ruth an African-American Midwife held responsible for the Death of Turk and Brit Bauer’s newborn baby Davies and Kennedy Ruth’s defence attorney. Picoult’s narrative throughout literally transferred me straight to the story, it was so well written I felt I there in the courtroom watching. I don’t really want to go into the plot of this book, the glowing review on the front of the book from the financial times stating ‘It’s hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes’, it is not a flippant comment made by a big name to sell this book. I really couldn’t review this book for you and give you a write up it deserves even if it was just my point of view, I was literally hooked on every word. The book took me nearly a week to read, not because it couldn’t keep me interested but because Picoult gets you so personally involved I found some of the comments so hard to stomach. I learned so much about myself from this book, once I had finished I was reading through the author’s notes and realised this was Picoult’s intentions all along.I don’t think I would go as far as calling this the ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird of our generation’ but Picoult has done a brilliant job at least making me open my eyes.
This was a stocking filler from my Mum, after not watching it in the cinema I decided to dive straight into after Small Great Things. This time I had no reservations about it being a screenplay after reading the Curse Child, however, I didn’t feel this was as easily to get into. I am sure the fact that one is a play and the other a film plays a huge part in this but I found the beginning of this book very descriptive of the set etc and there wasn’t much dialogue which in a film would work absolutely fine and is usually how they start but as a book I found it pretty boring. However as soon as the dialogue started the story got going, it was pretty short I guess because it was just one film, and I think of the size of say the deathly Hallows which was split into two parts. So whilst I loved reading this and I am glad it will look pretty on my shelf, I think once you have the seen the film there would be no reason to read this book. However, if you haven’t seen the film yet and fancy a little bit of magic in your February I would give it a read. The story will not disappoint at all.
If I have learned anything from this book challenge is that books are bloody expensive and I have become so much more open to just reading something I wouldn’t have before. My friend Catherine let me borrow this book after I was shopping with her just before Christmas and she picked up another title by the same author. She was really trying to sell him to me but had me crying with laughter when describing the blurb with a woman stuck in traffic whose cat was missing. She said the plots were often odd but they were really enjoyable to read. Catherine had a year living in Toyoko so I had decided (the open minded person I am) that this was the reason she loved them so much and I just wouldn’t get them. I didn’t have any experience with Japenese culture or literature beyond eating sushi but I was intrigued as to what made her love these books so much, so I decided to give it a go. This book was one of the best books I have ever read, and I can’t wait to get my hands on more from this author. I didn’t realise until I finished it that this book was actually published in 1987, it is older than me. It was written in Japanese and translated into English but the translation has been done so well you wouldn’t know it hadn’t been written in English to start with. It was probably the most peculiar book I have ever read, the story was so ordinary but in an extraordinary way, I wouldn’t have called it gripping but I always looked forward to that spare minute of the day when I could carry on reading it. If you are looking for something else, something new or a bit different to read I would really recommend reading any books by Haruki Murakami.