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A Reading List | September – December 2018

Ironically, I read the most novels in the last four months of 2018, which also happened to be the four busiest and most stressful months of the year. I guess reading really is my form of escapism.

Instead of boring you with the details of all of them, I chose my top 4 from September to December. Here goes…

Jessica Brockmole – Letters from Skye 

Set in wartime, this book tells a heartbreaking tale of mother and daughter, all through letters in two parallel time periods. Brilliant.

Paula Hawkins – Girl on the Train

I was excited when I saw this book in a secondhand stall at a market as I’d heard really good things about it. It did not disappoint. One of the most thought-provoking and brilliant books I’ve ever read.

Eugenia Kim – The Calligraphers Daughter

I couldn’t put this one down. Set in wartime (are you seeing a pattern here?) it provides insight into the cultural differences that exist in the world, all whilst telling a gripping tale.

Jodi Picoult – A Spark of Light 

The newest release from my favourite author. It took me a little while to get used to the backward timeline, but as usual, it was emotional and an eye-opening read.

Happy New Year, friends! I hope 2019 brings you much joy (and much reading).

Nabeela x

A Reading List | May – Aug 2018

This year has been ridiculously busy, but reading has been my refuge. Here are the books I’ve read in the last four months…

Nicola Yoon – The Sun is Also a Star

A really sweet, light read. I preferred her book, Everything Everything (and the movie is delightful), but it was still a lovely book. Also, there’s a movie of it being made, so be sure to read it before you watch it!

Luke Allnutt – We Own The Sky

A terribly sad book, but riveting nonetheless. My only criticism is that the ending felt very rushed. It was still a moving, and heart-breaking read, and I would recommend it.

John Green – Looking for Alaska

I’ve never read a John Green book that I didn’t love, and that didn’t make me weep, and this one is no exception. I do think I’d read it before, but it’s so well-written and one instantly falls in love with the characters.

Krystal Sutherland – A Semi-definitive List of Worst Nightmares

A vivid, descriptive and beautiful piece of writing. I adored this book, and couldn’t put it down. Many topical issues are discussed in a eloquent, profound and human way. I would highly recommend it.

Elif Shafak – Three Daughters of Eve

I adored this book. Until the last three chapters. I couldn’t put it down at first, and honestly found it a bit anti-climatic, but the writing is lovely and the descriptions are vivid. (I am planning of reading more of her works, and will report back).

Scarlett Thomas – The Seed Collectors

A really strange book but entertaining nonetheless. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but the storyline is pretty interesting, albeit jumbled and confusing.

Vanessa Diffenbaugh – The Language of Flowers

Possibly my favourite read so far this year. This book is so incredibly beautiful. I could not put it down. I loved every second of reading it.

Stephanine Butland – Lost For Words

I really enjoyed this too. The story line is captivating and provides a lot of insight into issues such as domestic violence.

Lily Brooks-Dalton – Good Morning, Midnight

I couldn’t put this one down. The ending still has me stumped, but its a beautifully written book.

What are your favourite books?

Nabeela x

 

 

A Reading List | Jan – April 2018

“We lose ourselves in books but we find ourselves too…”

I love reading and I adore books. One glance at my banking app would make you quickly realize that I spend most of my money on books, plants and art stuff, in that order. I love seeing what other people are reading so I thought it’d be fun to share what I’ve read so far this year. Here goes.

Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice

I decided it was time to read this classic and although it took me four months to read (!!!) and I’m pretty sure I restarted it at least once because I didn’t know what was going on, I enjoyed the second half immensely. Plus, it’s a classic, so I thought it totally necessary to read.  I plan to work my way through all of Jane Austen’s novels, so this was a good start.

Nancy Tucker – The Time In Between

This book really changed my perspective on eating disorders and I found it highly informative.

John Green – Turtles All The Way Down

John Green is an actual genius, and as all his books always are, this book is amazing. It’s relatable and made me weep. (I can’t be the only person who cries more for books than for movies?)

Corban Addison – A Walk Across The Sun

This book opened my eyes to the huge issue that is human trafficking and how it may be happening under our noses without us even knowing about it. I found it gripping, and it finished me emotionally. Out of all the books I’ve read this year, I’d recommend this one first.

JoJo Moyes – Me Before You

I’ve never cried so much reading a book. It’ll play with your emotions in ways you didn’t think possible. You’ve been warned. (Read it anyway).

JoJo Moyes – After You

And so the emotional journey continues. Some parts were a bit slow compared to the first book. Still made me bawl my eyes out.  Need I say more?

I’m currently reading The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon, and I’m really enjoying it. Plus, I hear they’re making a movie!

What are some of your favourite books?

Nabeela x

 

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