What are you reading?

Hi readers! (Does anyone read this blog? If you do, hello and please say hi!)

I was e-mailing a friend from across the ocean the other day about books, and it occurred to me that this blog might be the perfect forum to sow and reap book recommendations too! I have been a particular voracious reader since the year’s begin, fuelled by dawdling tube journeys from the suburbs into town. Ergo, without further ado…

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Books I’ve read this year and loved

This Is The Story Of A Happy Marriage byย Ann Patchett

A book of essays by the Orange Prize winner Ann Patchett, recommended by a London Book Club member. Endearing, enlightening and sometimes laugh-out-loud. I particularly enjoyed her tales of working at a magazine (as I do now!) and her thoughts on happiness, commitment and marriage.

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

A charming tale full of twists and turns, spanning almost half a century and skipping between coastal Italy and Los Angeles. A lighthearted and lovely read!

Ammonites and Leaping Fish by Penelope Lively

Fascinating not-quite-memoir, dubbed by the author as ‘the view from old age’. It is is written in beautiful, diamond-cut prose and concerns my favourite topics – memory and how it affects our lives in the present.

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

READ IT! I have long loved the author’s later novelย Great House, but only recently got round toย The History of Love.ย It may have eclipsed the former: heart-wrenchingly, achingly brilliant. The sort of book I wish I’d written first!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Thought-provoking and breathtaking in its narrative voice and scope, a true page-turner that had me crying and laughing on the tube. (I haven’t seen the film yet – have you?)

Someone by Alice McDermott

This started slowly, but quickly drew me in – a novel following a Catholic woman’s life in 1930s Brooklyn, written in fragments, switching fluidly between decades and places. Beautiful poetry-prose.

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Now, what are YOU reading? Please do leave a comment and share your favourite books of 2014 or years past. I love getting recommendations! xo

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  • Jenna

    Great recs thanks! (also hi I’m reading ;-)) Can this become a series please? I love your blog, I wish more people knew about it!!! I am reading the luminaries but it’s slow goin’ – worth it tho!x

    • Ah thanks Jenna ๐Ÿ™‚ It can indeed become a series! Meet back here next month? ๐Ÿ˜‰ My book club is reading the luminaries next month – don’t know if I’ll manage it in time. Good luck! x

  • I am reading your blog, lovely Lu! (I apologize for not always commenting, but most of your posts don’t leave unnoticed by me – especially the poems!) The book thief has been on my list for such a long while and your post certainly gives me the push to do something about it. I have also been considering to read books about designers and books about creative thinking/ creative thinkers just to understand myself and the challenges of being a creative better better. Maybe you have some recommendations on the latter?

    • Aw Anna ๐Ÿ™‚ Your comments always make me smile! I will have a think about creative books. But do read the Book Thief! I’m glad you like the poems too. ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  • Naomi

    Love this post, Lu. You’re really good at concisely describing your views on each book, and that’s what I like about book reviews โ€“ short and snappy ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’m reading Caitlin Moran’s how to be a woman, and i am supposed to be uploading a review on Monday but i haven’t finished it! Not 100% sure about it at the moment though…
    N xo

    • Aw thanks N! I know what you mean about the Moran. I sorta liked it, and definitely liked the ideology behind it, but something about the writing style jarred with me. Different strokes for different folks, I guess! xx

  • Miho

    i absolutely love book reviews – please do more!

    i hoover up books a mile a minute and i can’t get enough. i have so many favourites… if you feel like reading a romantic, epic saga set in WWII Russia (but not in a trashy romcom/chick-lit way) then I would suggest The Bronze Horseman (along with the two books that follow in the trilogy). They’re some of the rare books I’ve read more than once. x

    • Oooh thank you for those recommendations Miho! I trust your impeccable taste ๐Ÿ™‚ And will make book reviews a regular thing! xx

  • Catherine Sprunt

    I’m reading The Rosie Project at the moment – it’s really sweet and I’ve been giggling out loud all the way through. I definitely recommend it!

    I also love reading food memoirs and these are my favourite books of all time – I’ve re-read them all so many times! http://www.catherinesprunt.com/2014/02/february-reading-list-food-memoirs.html

    • Oh yes! I read the Rosie Project for book club – so charming ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for that link – will definitely check it out. yay reading! x

  • I enjoy the efforts you have put in this, thanks for all the great posts.