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What’s Up Next on My Reading List

May 18, 2019
A jacket draped on a chair, with books on display

Sure I’ve decided to dive into the Harry Potter books again (After all this time? Always), but I’ve also picked up a few more books to read this summer. I’ve got a whole page in my bullet journal, where I jot down titles that have been recommended or that I thought were interesting. What can I say? I love to read! So here is what’s up next on my reading list!

Ghenet holds a book and sits with it, several more books on display on the bedside table next to her.
A stack of books on display on a bedside table
A stack of books on display on a chair
Ghenet holds a book and sits with it, several more books on display on the bedside table next to her.

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams:
Synopsis: Caught between the Jamaican British family who don’t seem to understand her, a job that’s not all it promised and a man she just can’t get over, Queenie Jenkins’ life seems to be steadily spiralling out of control in Candice Carty-Williams luminous debut. A novel that asks what it means to be enough in a world always clamouring for more…

I was recommended this book by Kristabel and Nicole, who both happened to be reading it on the train journey up to Birmingham! Small world isn’t it? Anyway, I love the sound of it, and can definitely relate to someone struggling to fit in!

The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce:
Synopsis: When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking. To save someone else’s life.

Recommended to me by a work colleague, I was very intrigued by the premise. What could be so powerful as to cause someone to walk across the country? I suspect it will have a lot of teary emotional bits, but who knows? It’s up next on the reading list mainely because my colleague couldn’t praise it enough!

You Me Everything by Catherine Isaac:
Synopsis: Jess and her ten-year-old son William set off to spend the summer at Chateau de Roussignol, deep in the rich, sunlit hills of the Dordogne. There, Jess’s ex-boyfriend and William’s father, Adam, runs a beautiful hotel in a restored castle. Jess is bowled over by what Adam has accomplished, but she’s in France for a much more urgent reason: to make Adam connect with his own son. Jess can’t allow Adam to let their son down because she is tormented by a secret of her own, one that nobody – especially William – must discover.

I saw the cover of this book ages ago in Waterstones and was definitely drawn to it. It’s the very thing we’re taught not to do… judge a book by it’s cover. But in the world of Instagram, books are becoming more and more visually appealing. So you’ll have to forgive me for totally buying into it! Also, I can’t resist a good book where someone has a deep dark secret!

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner:
Synopsis: Romy Hall is starting two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility. Her crime? The killing of her stalker. Inside awaits a world where women must hustle and fight for the bare essentials. Outside: the San Francisco of her youth. The Mars Room strip club where she was once a dancer. Her seven-year-old son, Jackson. As Romy forms friendships over liquor brewed in socks and stories shared through sewage pipes her future seems to unfurl in one long, unwavering line – until news from beyond the prison bars forces Romy to try and outrun her destiny.

I’ve been on a bit of a true crime kick recently, so I was really intrigued by the idea of a protagonist who is in prison. It’s not a perspective we get very often, I don’t think… It also strikes a cord with some of the recent events in the news with the #MeToo movement. Obviously I don’t know the finer details of the story, but I’m excited to dive in!

I have to be honest, I have a long reading list. I mean, I’m always adding books to it! Still, I don’t foresee that changing anytime soon! I’m a little bookworm, me! You’ll have to stay tuned to see what’s up next after this!

What are you reading at the moment? Tell me in the comments!

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