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19 January 2018

Four Books To Dig Into This January


I couldn't think of a better way to start the weekend than with some book recommendations; I'm an avid (and quick) reader and get through a couple a week, so I wanted to share the ones that have caught my attention over the last month.

1. Call Me By Your Name, Andre Aciman

I devoured this book in a single three hour flight, eager to get ahead of it before my urge to watch the movie overwhelmed me. I always try to read the books before watching any movie adaptation because I think it adds depth to the movie, and gives all the little backstories they can't possibly provide in a single movie. Despite racing through this (rather racy) love story between two men, the passion in the novel itself is slow burning. Before you even realise what is going on in Elio's mind, you're rooting for them to be together. The book, set in the hot Italian summer, is a wonderful marriage of intellectualism, passion and a tenderness most people dream of. Gloriously joyful and sad in equal measure, watching Elio fall in love feels almost personal by the end of the novel. 

2. The Ninth Hour, Alice McDermott

Much like how I choose my wine, sometimes I choose a book by the cover and the cover of this novel by Alice McDermott caught my attention when I was looking through Amazon for my next read. The Ninth Hour follows a young widowed mother, her daughter and an order of local nuns through their lives and explores the delicacies of life, death, family and faith. A little slow to start, you soon find yourself caught up in the congregation of characters, full of personality and quick to capture the heart. This is one of those wonderful books where nothing too dramatic happens, and yet you find yourself enraptured in another world from page one. 

3. The Pursuit of Love, Nancy Mitford

Not a new release by any standard, but I'm such a huge fan of Nancy Mitford's style of writing - almost Austen like in it's tongue in cheek, proud manner. This particular story follows two cousins on the lookout for the perfect man, particularly Fanny and her multiple marriages to a whole cast of delightfully awful characters. Despite being set in the war, there are truths about love and life that resonate even today. If you're looking for bouncy writing, and a story to devour in a day, I can't recommend this enough.

4. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, Carlo Rovelli

Finally, something non-fiction to feast your eyes on. I have to admit, I've always been a bit of a science nerd and the wonderful ways in which Physics tied into my Philosophy degree made picking this book up a no-brainer. From quantum physics, to time, Rovelli's brief lessons explain the inexplicable concepts that are essential in Physics in terms anyone can understand. A brief read, this little book feels almost like a story and you close the last page feeling a little bit like Einstein. If you have even any interest in understanding how time or gravity work, this is a delight.

What are you reading now? 

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1 comment:

  1. Total babe!! Love your blog :* Check out my reading book list too if you fancy it. x hivenn


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