I have loved reading from as far back as I can remember and books make up a large part of my life but sometimes sadly life gets in the way and I don’t get chance to read as often as I’d like. Holidays and trips are my key times to read as I don’t have the distraction of my laptop to use in the evenings, and flights/ travelling are always great for reading.
I definitely want to increase how much I read so I thought i’d develop a monthly feature dedicated and what I had been reading, even if nothing else I can look back and remember some of the great books I have read.
I got a few books for Christmas that I had asked for and The Duff by Kody Keplinger was one of them. This is probably a book more aimed at teenagers (or young adults as they like to be called) but I saw the movie on the plane from Washington a few months ago and thought I’d like to read the book. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the phrase Duff it means ‘Designated Ugly Fat Friend’ and is the tale of a young girl who is the Duff in her group of friends and it talks about how she deals with this. Having now read the book there are lots of differences between it and the movie which I don’t want to spoil here but if you want something easy to read then this is one for you. Because this was such an easy book to read I went straight to another Kody book called LOL which in this instance stands for Lie Out Loud.
Next up I read Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. I’d previously read another book by Rowell so thought i’d tackle this one. The book is a love story between the two core characters, and it’s such a beautiful story. Eleanor has a lot of problems and home and starts a new school where she is bullied for being overweight, having bright red hair and looking a little unusual but she slowly becomes friends with an Asian boy called Park. As the story progresses the pair fall in love and the book talks about the pair’s lives, their struggles and the reality that teenage love isn’t just about wanting to lose your virginity. What I loved about the book is it alternates between narrating in the voice of each character so you can feel the story through both of them. This also makes it easy to read in little chunks.
Drown by Esther Dalseno was a book I was excited to get reading because it’s a alternative version of the original Little Mermaid story. I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book through a blog competition before Christmas and the book did not disappoint. Everyone knows the original story that was converted to a Disney movie which is still one of my favourites. Drown though tells more about the story of the merpeople and the relationship between The Little Mermaid and the prince. Some parts of the book are quite dark but it’s a great read to see an alternative version to the singing animals and bright colours.
The next book that I cracked on with during January was Confessions of a Tinderella by Rosy Edwards which is a book about surprise surprise Tinder. It’s a book about romance and dating in the modern world, think Bridget Jones if she spent her time swiping on her phone, or The Mindy Project if she was a white girl who worked in PR. Although the lead character in Tinderella has a higher share of bad dates than Bridget and is nowhere near as confident in herself as Mindy. Although this is easy to read it isn’t generic and predictable and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. There was an element of home truth in the book when I think about some of the people I’ve spoken to online/ been on dates with which makes it even more enjoyable.