For the last few years, I haven’t had any control over what I have read. Well, that’s my excuse for not reading as many books as I would have liked anyway. As an English Literature student, finding time to read the books I wanted to read, proved to be difficult. And I missed it. Reading became more of a task rather than a joy; particularly because I was to reading to deadlines and with the mind of a literary critic.
Anyway, over the last few months, I have started to buy books for me again, but they have had to wait patiently, collecting dust on my bookshelf. I’m currently reading The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne, which I’m really enjoying, and I will share a review with you soon.
But for now, here is a list of books which I have been waiting to get round to reading. Do let me know if you have read any of them and what you thought of them; I would love to know.
‘Time Travelling with a Hamster’
by Ross Welford
This story is about a young boy called Al Chaudhury, who is given a mission on his twelfth birthday which requires him to travel back in time to 1984 to save his dad’s life. Oh, and he travels in his dad’s secret time machine and takes his pet hamster, Alan Shearer, along for the ride.
I found this book whilst browsing through the children’s fiction category on Amazon and was instantly compelled by the title. I am a huge fan of children’s books and I think the majority of books I read are for children. Although this book is aimed at younger readers, I still think it would appeal to readers of any age. I was instantly compelled by the title and the synopsis of the story, I just knew I had to get it. I’m currently writing a children’s book set in WW2 which involves time travel, so I cannot wait to start reading this. Hopefully it will help my own writing as time travel is such a difficult thing to get right.
by Matt Haig
Over Christmas, I read Matt Haig’s A Boy Called Christmas and it was a charming, sweet and festive story (again, it’s a children’s book) which I thoroughly enjoyed. I had already heard and read many reviews on Matt Haig and so when I read the blurb for The Humans (his adult fiction) I decided to add it to my list as well.
The book is narrated by an alien inhabiting Professor Andrew Martin’s body, and his experience living amongst the human race. I love stories that portray what it means to be human, and are very real and honest, so I am hoping that this book lives up to its expectations, because if it does, I think it may become a favourite.
‘All the Light We Cannot See’
by Anthony Doerr
This poor book has been on my bookshelf for a while now, and yet it is the one I want to read the most. It was also a New York Times bestseller and Doerr is a highly acclaimed, award winning author. The story itself follows Marie-Laure, a young French blind girl and a German orphan, Werner, whose paths cross in Nazi occupied France, and their struggle to survive the War.
Does anybody else have a thing for learning about WW1 or WW2? I will read or watch anything set in either time period and will never tire of learning more. Something about it fascinates me, and it’s not so much the political side of the War that intrigues me, but more the human experiences of it; people who lived through it and witnessed the horrors. I just love books which highlight goodness in a world of hate and destruction.
‘The Light Between Oceans’
by M. L. Stedman
I first heard about this book when I saw the trailer for the 2016 film adaptation. I haven’t actually seen the film yet, and as much as I want to (mostly because it stars Michael Fassbender, and it’s a period drama), I want to wait until after I have the read book.
Anyway, the book is about a washed up boat on the shore of a remote lighthouse keeper’s island. The boat holds a dead man and a crying baby. Tom Sherbourne, who has recently returned from fighting in the trenches in Europe, and his wife Isabel make the decision to adopt the baby girl. It’s a story about doing what you believe is right, even though to another you could be wrong. I just know it’s going to be a tear-jerker.
by Irene Nemirovsky
Lastly, this book has also been on my bookshelf for months and months, after finding it in a bookshop for half the usual price. I actually watched it on Netflix the other day, and although the film was good, I think it’s going to be one of those books which are meant to be read, not watched.
The story is set in 1940, France (yes, another one) and Lucile Angellier’s husband has been captured as a prisoner of war. All she and her mother in law can do is to wait for him and tend to the household. However, their little village is soon occupied by German soldiers who force the locals to coexist alongside the Nazi regime. The Angellier women are to lodge Lieutenant Bruno von Falk and Lucile struggles with her ever growing feelings towards him. The two soon fall in love, but the tragedy of War pulls them apart again.
I’m a hopeless romantic, but the best love stories are those that don’t have a happy ending and make you love and hate the author all at once. This book also has its own history as Nemirovsky began writing it in 1940 occupied France. However, the book was never finished and Nemirovsky never saw her masterpiece published as she died in Auschwitz in 1942. Her daughter kept hold of the notebook containing the manuscript for fifty years, believing it was a diary and therefore too painful to read. It wasn’t until the 1990’s until she discovered that it was in fact a manuscript and set out to publish it.
What are you reading, or hoping to read?
Love Georgie ♥