What are you currently reading? Have you read any of the books I’m reading at the moment? I’ll admit I’ve got an eclectic mix of titles on the go. I’m roughly half way through all of them, so I’m going to be relieved to just finish something soon!
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
I clicked with Simon’s narrative voice from the first page. I wasn’t sure if this book was going to be up my alley, so that was a bit of a relief! So far, I’ve found the opening very slow. Don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying the characters and learning about the world of Mages. But at this point I have heard more about what happened in the past than seen anything happen in the present. So I hope now that Baz has appeared in the story, the plot will start to progress a bit quicker and more will happen. I can already feel the tension between Simon and Baz crackling and popping. I’m anticipating what will happen next!
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Funny book recommendations can be so hit and miss! But I got lucky with Furiously Happy because I have fallen in love with Jenny Lawson (it might have helped that David Sedaris is my all-time fave). I gobbled up the first 250 pages in a few hours. Now I’ve slowed down to take my time. Jenny writes about pretty much anything and everything, but she filters the world through her experience of severe mental illness and, of course, her wicked sense of humour. Sometimes the references to self-harm and depression are hard to stomach because they’re so raw. But I’ve found reading this book confronting and healing – after all, laughter is the best medicine.
Barrel Fever by David Sedaris
This collection is split into two halves: stories and memoirs. This is my first time reading Sedaris’ fiction and let it suffice to say I’m not surprised. His fiction takes such obvious inspiration from his real life that it’s barely fiction! But no matter what form his writing takes – short stories, memoirs, diary entries – I can’t get enough of Sedaris. I like to always have one of his books on the go.
Rookie On Love edited by Tavi Gevinson
I’m halfway through buddy-reading this book. So far, some of the stories have focused on the more negative aspects of love, such as breakups and abuse. These are important stories to tell, but I hope the second half of the collection balances out this mood with some more positive interpretations of the topic.