ON MY WINTER READING LIST
I’m a total book nerd all year round, but there’s definitely something about the changing of the seasons and the sudden drop in temperate (it’s frrrrreezing here in the UK even for a Canadian!) that makes me want to curl up on the sofa with a book and never leave! I’m constantly adding new books to my collection so I thought I’d show you guys what’s on my reading list for the next few months! I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into some of these in 2018! Shout out to any of my fellow book worms out there, this one’s for you!
‘Hotel World’ by Ali Smith – ‘Five people: four are living, three are strangers, two are sisters, one is dead. In her highly acclaimed and most ambitious book to date, the brilliant young Scottish writer Ali Smith brings alive five unforgettable characters and traces their intersecting lives. This is a short novel with big themes (time, chance, money, death) but an eye for tiny detail: the taste of dust, the weight of a few coins in the hand, the pleasurable pain of a stone in one’s shoe…’
*Since this post I have read this book and I really enjoyed it!
‘Beautiful Ruins’ by Jess Walter – ‘The story begins in 1962. Somewhere on a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and views an apparition: a beautiful woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an American starlet, he soon learns, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away in Hollywood, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio’s back lot searching for the woman he last saw at his hotel fifty years before. Gloriously inventive, funny, tender and constantly surprising, Beautiful Ruins is a novel full of fabulous and yet very flawed people, all of them striving towards another sort of life, a future that is both delightful and yet, tantalizingly, seems just out of reach.’
‘Where I Was From’ a Memoir by Joan Didion – ‘A memoir of land, family and perseverance from one of the most influential writers in America. In this moving and surprising book, Joan Didion reassesses parts of her life, her work, her history – and America’s. Where I Was From, in Didion’s words, “represents an exploration into my own confusions about the place and the way in which I grew up, misapprehensions and misunderstandings so much a part of who I became that I can still to this day confront them only obliquely.”
‘The Lacuna’ by Barbara Kingsolver – ‘From Pulitzer Prize nominee and award winning author of Homeland, The Poisonwood Bible and Flight Behaviour, The Lacuna is the heartbreaking story of a man torn between the warm heart of Mexico and the cold embrace of 1950s America in the shadow of Senator McCarthy. Born in America and raised in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd is a liability to his social-climbing flapper mother, Salome. When he starts work in the household of Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo – where the Bolshevik leader, Lev Trotsky, is also being harboured as a political exile – he inadvertently casts his lot with art, communism and revolution. A compulsive diarist, he records and relates his colourful experiences of life with Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Trotsky in the midst of the Mexican revolution. A violent upheaval sends him back to America; but political winds continue to throw him between north and south, in a plot that turns many times on the unspeakable breach – the lacuna – between truth and public presumption.’
Big thanks to Daunt Books for recommending this to me.
‘The Power’ by Naomi Alderman – ‘All over the world women are discovering they have the power. With a flick of the fingers they can inflict terrible pain – even death. Suddenly, every man on the planet finds they’ve lost control. The Day of the Girls has arrived – but where will it end?’
‘Mayhem’ a Memoir by Sigrid Rausing – ‘In the summer of 2012 a woman named Eva was found dead in the London townhouse she shared with her husband, Hans K. Rausing. The couple had struggled with drug addiction for years, often under the glare of tabloid headlines. Now, writing with singular clarity and restraint the editor and publisher Sigrid Rausing, tries to make sense of what happened to her brother and his wife. In Mayhem, she asks the difficult questions those close to the world of addiction must face. ‘Who can help the addict, consumed by a shaming hunger, a need beyond control? There is no medicine: the drugs are the medicine. And who can help their families, so implicated in the self-destruction of the addict? Who can help when the very notion of ‘help’ becomes synonymous with an exercise of power; a familial police state; an end to freedom, in the addict’s mind?’
*I finished this book last year and I must admit it wasn’t my favourite read of 2017. Very sad and perhaps I wasn’t in the headspace for it.
‘The Sun and Her Flowers’ by Rupi Kaur – ‘From Rupi Kaur, the bestselling author of Milk and Honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. Illustrated by Kaur, The Sun and Her Flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising and blooming. It is a celebration of love in all its forms.’
*Stunning book. Highly recommend.
‘The People in the Trees’ by Hanya Yangihara – ‘In 1950, a young doctor called Norton Perina signs on with the anthropologist Paul Tallent for an expedition to the remote Micronesian island of Ivu’ivu in search of a rumoured lost tribe. They succeed, finding not only that tribe but also a group of forest dwellers they dub ‘The Dreamers’, who turn out to be fantastically long-lived but progressively more senile. Perina suspects the source of their longevity is a hard-to-find turtle; unable to resist the possibility of eternal life, he kills one and smuggles some meat back to the States. He scientifically proves his thesis, earning worldwide fame and the Nobel Prize, but he soon discovers that its miraculous property comes at a terrible price…’
‘Pussy, A Reclamation’ by Regena Thomashauer – ‘With this book, you’re being handed the keys to a turned-on life – a life that is authentic, radiant and open to pleasure and joy. Regena Thomashauer has long noticed that ‘pussy’ is one of the most pejorative words in the English language. No one calls you a ‘pussy’ when they want to tell you how radiant you look, how capably you work or what an inspiring life you lead. But all that’s about to change. In this remarkable book, Regena reclaims the word for what it rightly is: the highest of all possible compliments, a sacred living prayer. Pussy has been written to reacquaint you with your own power source. By turns earthy and erudite, passionately argued and laugh-out-loud funny, Pussy is your call to tune in, turn on and live more richly and fully than you ever thought you could.’
‘The Sarah Book’ by Scott McClanahan – ‘The Sarah Book is Scott McClanahan’s continuation of the semi-autobiographical portrait he’s been writing over the years about his life in West Virginia. This one is his portrait of love.’
As you can probably tell I LOVE to read, so if you guys have any book recommendations for me then defo let me know in the comments down below! Also if you’re as much of a book worm as I am then make sure you check out one of my previous ‘reading list’ posts to see what I was getting stuck into over the Summer! You can check that out > here < I’ve put together quite a few book-related blog posts over the years so if you fancy checking those out then just type ‘books’ in the search bar at the top of my site. Don’t forget I also made a video all about the books that I read in 2017! I’ll insert that video below if you want to find out what I enjoyed reading. Enjoy!
‘Hotel World’ by Ali Smith
‘Beautiful Ruins’ by Jess Walter
‘Where I Was From’ a Memoir by Joan Didion
‘The Lacuna’ by Barbara Kingsolver
‘The Power’ by Naomi Alderman
‘Mayhem’ a Memoir by Sigrid Rausing
‘The Sun and Her Flowers’ by Rupi Kaur
‘The People in the Trees’ by Hanya Yangihara
‘Pussy, A Reclamation’ by Regena Thomashauer
‘The Sarah Book’ by Scott McClanahan