Ever since I was a child learning to read I've been obsessed with books and have been an avid reader. I remember as a child doing the library's summer challenges and completing them in a few weeks. However since I started University I've found myself reading fiction less and less. Essays require lots of reading and I think the thought of reading a fiction book on top of all the research I was doing was too much, however I still kept buying, or being given books, and this has resulted in a growing 'to read' pile. So to help ease this pile I've decided over the Summer I need to get back into reading.
So I've pulled out a few books from the growing pile, and this is my current 'to read' list.
Life after Life - Kate Atkinson
This book has had some great reviews and is one Im looking forward to reading. The book is about a women who keeps being born to the same family and living her life and dying before being born again. Each time her choices and reactions to events are different and this results in her living a different life each time.
The Casual Vacancy - J.K. Rowling
Last summer I started reading this book on my lunch breaks at work, however I never got round to finishing it. I've come to the conclusion that it needs to be read in big chunks and not chapters at a time. As a huge Harry Potter fan I had to read this book, the story is based around the death of a councillor, leaving an empty seat on the Parish Council. The story focuses on the differing characters who all have an interest in this seat, as well as the lives of the inhabitants of the small town. I'm really looking forward to getting into this book again, hopefully this time it will grip me and I'll really enjoy it.
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
This book was lent to me by my mum who had nothing but praise for it, it's also been recently made it to a film which I refused to see before I'd read the book. The book is unusual in that it is narrated by death during Nazi Germany, but focuses on the story on the life of a young girl living in Germany and how she steals books. I have a feeling this book will be one I can't put down, it has such an interesting perspective.
Summer Fling - Sarah Morgan
I picked this book up for £1 in Asda just as an easy read, although I love deep books I also really enjoy a chick lit. This story looks like a stereotypical chick lit read, with romance, secrets, scandals and love. I don't think this book will be a memorable one or anything to shout about, but It will ease me back into reading, and I've picked it as my first book to start reading. It also won't keep me up till 3am like some books that I just can't put down.
The Shining Girls - Lauren Beukes
A serial killer thriller isn't my normal pick, but this book I was given for Christmas and I was intrigued by the blurb. The story is about a guy who stalks 'shining girls' through the years and cuts the spark out of them but one survives. The surviver Kirby begins looking at the evidence around the other victims deaths and finds it... 'impossible'. The draw of time travel, unexplained crimes, and a slightly creepy thriller vibe has got me intrigued and excited about this book.
The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith
As a J.K. fan I had to pick up this book she wrote under a pseudonym. I've never had much interest in crime novels so this book will be something new for me. The main character, Strike is a private detective and war veteran, he begins an investigation into the death of a model who is believed to have committed suicide however as expected, all is not as it seems and as Strike begins to explore the model's life things become darker and he becomes at risk of terrible danger.
The Charming Man - Marian Keyes
I've read a few of Marian's books and when I saw this at the free book shop in Preston (yes, books for free!) I decided to grab it. A chick lit with a bit of substance and drama, the story is about 4 women and their connection to a soon to be married politician. One women is his girlfriend but isn't the one marrying him, another women is a journalist looking for the inside scope, the other women is her sister who had once been in love with the politician, and the final women is his fiancé. The story sounds like a fun, interesting story that hopefully isn't too predictable. This book will probably be a holiday read as it seems like an easy read, but not a boring one.
So that's my 'to read' list. If you've read any of these books please let me know your opinions, no spoilers tho! If you'd like a review on any of these books also let me know, and if you've got any recommendations of books I need to add to my pile leave a comment or send me a tweet on twitter.