recently reading.

It has been a long time since I shared a Recently Reading post on The Monday Project and truthfully, I have not been reading as much I would like. University always throws me off when it comes to ‘reading for fun’ and it seems fourth year is no different.

However, I joined the library in the summer which is encouraging me to read more (currently reading Recharge by Julie Montagu) and I did do a bit of reading in Italy however I didn’t get the chance to read as much as I like as books do take up a lot of space in suitcases unfortunately. Especially when you are being cheap and insisting on hand luggage only for a three-week trip.

a spool of blue thread by anne tyler.

This book was passed onto me by mum and I loved it. It was such a relaxed story that never gained momentum or had any mind-blowing twists but that is what makes it so special. It is a different type of book to what I usually enjoy: a fast-paced thriller but I still really enjoyed it. It was like looking into someone else’s life and exploring it through letters and familial anecdotes. Anne Tyler’s writing is special and I really want to read another of her books.

It follows the Whitshank family and documents their journey through different generations, flicking between different time periods and the focus shifts onto different characters. It truly underlines the complex relationships that exist within families.

the collector by john fowler.

I really enjoyed Caroline Kepnes’ novel You (which has now been made into a TV show) and when my flatmate said she was reading Fowler’s novel and explained the plot a little to me, I was desperate to read it to. The Collector follows Frederick as he obsesses over a young woman who he thinks he is in love with. I borrowed it when I went to Italy and read it whilst lounging by the pool in Sorrento.

It was written in the 1950s and I loved the descriptive storytelling between the different points of view. It was so well-developed and I began to empathise with the antagonist which is a sure indication of talented writing. I did find the ending a little underwhelming but it didn’t take away from the novel itself.

the girl before by jp delaney.

This book was passed onto me an Australian girl who I met in my hostel dorm and it is one of the best thrillers I have enjoyed this year. I fully believed the plot was going in a different direction right up until the end which meant I was shocked by the twist and the ending was so satisfying.

all souls trilogy by deborah harkness.

I adored the All Souls trilogy. I started reading the first book, A Discovery of Witches, after watching a few episodes of the new Sky series of the same name and became obsessed. Deborah Harkness is such an inspiring woman: an accomplished historian focusing on such fascinating areas of history and her writing is magical. I loved the story of Matthew and Diana and soon surpassed in the book where I was in the TV show and quickly bought the next two books in the trilogy in succession.

I read all the books in one weekend and was staying up until 2.30/3am to finish a chapter as I just needed to know what was going on. It was one of the most addictive books I’ve read in a while as I love anything supernatural entwined with our world and the setting of Oxford was such a plus. It just makes me even more desperate to visit.

a simple favour by darcey bell.

The movie trailer for the adaption of A Simple Favour with Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick had me intrigued so when I saw it was in fact a book first when I was browsing my local library I picked it up. I really enjoyed the story and it went in a couple of directions that I didn’t expect or even think about happening but it sort of fell away from me towards the end.

The ending was satisfying but I also looked up the ending to the film and I preferred that ending which is always frustrating, I’m a big champion of book over film most of the time but with A Simple Favour I’m not so sure. Maybe it has something to do with the duo that is Blake and Anna?