Regular readers of my blog will know that I recently bought a second hand Kindle and I am in love with it. I’m looking for any opportunity to sneak off and get stuck into a good book. And it’s not just the books themselves, it’s the experience of using the Kindle itself which I’m loving.
All this from someone who was once dead against the technology, favouring holding a physical book.
I regularly scan through the Kindle shop too, seeing what bargains I can snap up. That’s another thing that’s changed since making the move from book to Kindle: I’ve become more stingy with my money. When before I wouldn’t have thought twice about parting with £12.99 for printed fiction, I now choke on my tea when a Kindle edition asks me for for a fiver. It goes into my wishlist for a future occasion when I feel like throwing caution to the wind.
That doesn’t mean all the books in my wishlist are ‘pricey’, they’re just lined up ready and waiting for me to get stuck in.
1. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
I’ve heard so many good things about Elizabeth Gilbert and since hearing her interview with Emma Gannon on her Ctrl Alt Delete podcast, I can see why. She seems such a positive and wise person, ever-optimistic that I’m really curious about the advice this book contains. It’s about altering our attitudes, approaches and habits to live our most creative lives and applying them to everything that we do. It seems like the kind of book that you’d be able to refer back to time and time again, too.
2. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
This sounds like a harrowing tale – about four friends in New York who have remained close friends since childhood, but as you learn more about them you discover one was physically, emotionally and sexually abused and is struggling with the consequences of that. Obviously this isn’t a cheery read but it has brilliant reviews on Amazon so I’m keen to see what all the fuss is about.
3. Letters to my Fanny by Cherry Healey
I think Cherry Healey is really funny and down to earth so I’m sure this book will be too. Each chapter is said to open with a letter to a different body part and talks about her experiences of growing up, hating her body (the point is we should love every part of ourselves!).
4. The Method by Shannon Kirk
I love a good thriller – a real page turner that you can get really absorbed into. They’re my favourite kind of read really, proper escapism that help you to switch off or unwind before bed. This one is about a pregnant teenager who is kidnapped by people who want to sell her baby and then kill her. Problem is, she’s a genius and a sociopath who turns the tables…
5. #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
This has got to be on every cliched blogger’s wishlist/book shelf, right?
6. Wildflower by Drew Barrymore
A colleague at work mentioned that Drew Barrymore had a biography and she was going to buy it and I thought ‘Hmm that’d be a really interesting read, I’ll have to add it to my wishlist’, only to find it was already bloody well there! Memory of a goldfish, this one. I love Drew Barrymore, I can imagine this will be quite heartbreaking with lots of ups and downs but I’d love to find out a bit more about her beyond what we see in Heat magazine.