March 22, 2017
Currently Reading: March
Next to makeup, books are what I spend the most time researching and buying. I love looking at recommendations and bookstores are some of my favorite places in the world. There are more books that I want to read (or reread) than I actually have time for, so I often read multiple books at a time and I save an hour before bed everyday to sit down, unwind, and open a book! These are the five that are currently on my night table, and I might turn this into a monthly series.
Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
The Netflix TV series of the same name is one of my favorites, so when I saw the book in stores I had to read the inspiration for it! Orange is the New Black is Piper Kerman's first-hand account of a year and a half spent in a women's prison. It's nowhere near as dramatic as the show, but the characters have a lot of similarities (Red in the show bears a resemblance to Pops in the book) and it's interesting to get an undramatized look at the lives of female prisoners.
Le Morte d'Arthur by Sir Thomas Mallory
I'm not going to lie, I'm a mythology nerd. History classes are some of my favorites, especially those about old England. I love the legends of King Arthur and this book includes all of them! I'm about 1/4 of the way done with it and it's really interesting, it sort of mixes myth with fact. It's not the easiest to read but I've definitely dealt with worse!
Lying About Last Summer by Sue Wallman
I think that this recommendation came from one of Zoella's book club lists, which I've been enjoying. I read some of her previous picks (All the Bright Places, We Were Liars) and loved them, so when she described this book it sounded right up my street. It does seem written for a younger audience, maybe 13-16, but the plot is interesting enough to keep me entertained! It's about a young girl who recently lost her sister and is sent to a special summer camp for other grieving teenagers. While she's there, she starts getting messages from her dead sister. I haven't finished it yet but I can't wait to find out what happens, I hope there's a big twist.
The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. Tolkien
Yes, I am the only person on the planet who hasn't seen or read the Lord of the Rings series. I watched an animated version of The Hobbit when I was 6 and I had nightmares for months, so I never had fond feelings attached to this series. Everyone kept recommending it to me and I found it at the library so I decided to finally check it out! So far it's about a hobbit named Frodo who inherits a very powerful, evil ring and has to destroy it before the enemy can get it. The ending of the series has been spoiled to me already but I have no idea what happens between then and now, so I'll keep reading.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
This is a reread for me and it's even better now that I know what happens! I love Gillian Flynn's writing style and her incredible, twisted crime books. Gone Girl isn't my favorite novel of hers but it's certainly the most famous. I don't want to ruin it for anyone who hasn't read it or seen the movie (the movie is great too!) but the basic premise is that a woman named Amy goes missing and her husband Nick is the prime suspect. Evidence starts to build against Nick so Nick is trying to find out who killed/took Amy before he gets arrested. Every other chapter is from Nick's point of view, and then it flashes backward to one of Amy's diary entries. If you liked the Girl on the Train I think you will love this!
What are you reading at the moment? I'd love some more recommendations!