Now I’ve waved my kids off to school in World Book Day costumes we scrabbled together last night, I thought I would take 5 mins to reflect on some books for grown ups I’ve enjoyed lately. I’ve been trying to make a bigger effort to switch off from screens and read at bedtime, and to let my kids see me reading too.
Here are some books for grown ups I have enjoyed, and some my friends and blog readers have suggested over on facebook too. Sometimes it is just a case of finding the right book to get you out of a rut.
We are all completely beside ourselves
Can’t tell you too much about this book as part way in a big secret is revealed that makes sense of Rosemary’s troubled life. Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone – vanished from her life. Fascinating subject matter, which again I won’t spoil, you just have to read it!
Life After Life – Kate Atkinson
My favourite author by miles, my Mum introduced me to her and I’ve always loved the way she sees the world and the wonderfully satisfying ways in which she plays with time and interweaves characters lives. Life After Life takes on World War Two, Atkinson reaches dizzying heights of interwoven layers of story. An absolutely incredible book that made me reconsider war from so many, very human angles.
The Deaths Mark Lawson
A present from my brother and his wife. Skillful social commentary, but also makes you think twice about those who seem to ‘have it all’ Great premise too, four families live in an idyllic Cotswolds village, one family is found dead at the start, it takes another 300 pages to work out which family and why. A very, very clever thriller.
The Rosie Project
Liz from The Mum Blog suggested this. I devoured it. A genetics professor with unconventional social skills sets out to find a wife using scientific methods with hilarious consequences. The tone is pitch perfect, witty and touching in nearly equal measure.
The Woman Who Stole My Life - Marian Keyes
While not usually a fan of chick lit I make a complete exception for Marian Keyes. She knows how to create the most believeable family set ups and funniest characters , whose self depreciation makes them totally likeable. While this wasn’t my favourite of her books, it was just what I needed to get me out of non reading rut and back into reading. Marian spoke very openly about her depression and having followed her as an author since my 20s, I will always have a soft spot for her.
Also on my pile, as recommended by friends and blog readers
The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer, As recommended by Donna, Ordinary Cycling Girl
H is for Hawk, Helen MacDonald by Emma my yoga teacher, who also went to Uni with Helen.
My Struggle. Karl Ove Knausgaard by my friend Martha who says they are the books of this decade for her.
I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes, as suggested by my friend Nikki.
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, winner of the 2013 Man Booker, as suggested by Lucy of Wonderthrift
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, as suggested by Vicky of The Owl and the Accordian
Wild: The Journey from Lost to Found (about the woman who walks the Pacific Crest Trail) by Nancy from Glorious Twelve wedding florists, ironic given at the time we were attempting to walk more than a km of Wollaton Park with our reluctant families.
I’m told the The Goldfinch very gripping by Helen who I used to teach Drama with, while others are struggling with it being a long book.
What have you read recently that you’ve enjoyed? What have you given up on? I have been trying the new Bridget Jones, but it is quite a different book to the first two, or maybe I am not ready to accept, like Bridget I have grown up?
Happy World Book Day!