I am for now staying on track with my reading. I am growing a little concerned I will begin to flag when the weather turns and I am busy with the horses after work, so for now, I am trying to prioritise it as much as I can. I also need to curb my spending on books so if anyone else who enjoys reading wants to start a book swap with me. Please let me know.
These are the books I read in February.
This book is another much-hyped recent modern classic which everyone says you should read. I was worried it was going to be too overhyped or high brow for me to enjoy it but I was so wrong. Americanah is so well written, the narrative is fantastic and the conversations are brought so much to life so well you feel as though you are part of them. The only downside to this book is it is a deceiving long story. It is a big book and the writing is tiny. To start with I felt as though I was getting nowhere with it and then suddenly I was hanging onto the last few pages not wanting the story to end. Chimamanda fast-tracked to one of my favourite authors after this, I cannot get enough.
Following on from Americanah I also breezed through the essay published by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ‘We should all be feminists’, taken from her TedX talk. It is a bit of a cheat as it was only about 30 pages long but it is still a book. I wish I could give this book to everyone as a present but for now, if you don’t want to read it I urge you to watch her TedTalk.
I found ‘Me talk pretty one day’ in a charity shop and found it utterly fabulous. It is so funny. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be for me but I couldn’t put it down. It is a small collection of essays which are quick, smart and very funny. I am just assuming this so there is no link at all but I wouldn’t be surprised if this is where Joel Golby got some of his inspiration from for Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant.
I received Sweet Sorrow for Christmas and put off reading it for as long as possible because I knew once it is read my David Nicholls fix is over for another few years. Nicholls is most famous for his Novels ‘One day’ and Us, all three left me feeling this melancholic nostalgia for my youth that is never to return, but it also leaves you with such hope for the future, you know that first day of spring feeling when you have cleaned the house, put new sheets on and thrown open the windows? No author sparks as much emotion within me. Nicholls just has the ability to construct conversations so true to form you feel immersed in them, that you are part of them. I really do think he is my favourite author or at least one of them. Sweet Sorrow was really worth the wait, imagine your first love and your favourite summer of your youth in one book and you get Sweet Sorrow.
I found Promising young women by Caroline O’Donoghue in the charity shop and got stuck into it straight the way. It reminded me a lot of Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams it was an instant hook which I finished in a couple of sittings. It is witty, clever, but took a dark turn. It highlighted male privilege in the workplace, gaslighting and mental health issues. It was packed with female solidarity, I don’t need a man, hard-working women and therapy. Literally everything I want in a book. I would recommend to so many.