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15.01.2018- On My Bookshelf #3

Monday, 15 January 2018

If one of your resolutions for the year ahead is to read more, then we are most definitely on the same page. There are few things I enjoy more than picking up a book, but sadly it's one of those hobbies which tends to fall a little bit by the wayside during the week, especially as I'm guilty of being quite glued to my phone on the daily commute, and am usually too tired to attune my eyes to the pages by the time I get to bed. Having said that, I'm very much determined that this is the year that I'm going to become a little bit better read- and if you're setting yourself the same challenge, then here's a peek at my current bookshelf buys: 
 

Get Your Sh*T Together by Sarah Knight- This book was a lovely Christmas present from Jessie and is something which I can't wait to get started on. I adored Knight's The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck when I read it about eighteen months ago, so am beyond keen to delve into more pages of sage, sassy advice. If you're as skeptical about self help as I am, and are looking for a laugh-out-loud read to kick start the year as you mean to go on, then I can't recommend Sarah Knight's writing enough. 

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig- I picked this up as a treat to myself at the start of the autumn, and had read it cover to cover in the space of about a week. There's something wonderful about discovering a book by an author who is completely new to you (I've subsequently picked up Reasons to Stay Alive), and getting completely lost in the world which they've so painstakingly created. Following protagonist Tom Hazard, the narrative seamlessly straddles timelines as it flits from Elizabethan England, to 1920s Paris and right up to a current London classroom. The story is enthralling from start to finish, and in Hazard Haig has crafted a wonderfully engaging hero, with whom we empathise and understand from the off.  And any story which has a cameo appearance from William Shakespeare is always going to get a huge thumbs up from me! I've also been listening to the Radio 4 serialisation of How to Stop Time which aired over Christmas- well worth catching up on.

Finally, not pictured here is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, which I downloaded as a spur of the moment buy when I was on the train to Birmingham back in November, and which I barely looked up from the whole way there! This is Honeyman's debut book- and what a book it is. Packed with pathos and humour, she presents in Eleanor Oliphant one of the most endearing characters I've come across in a long time- someone who completely comes to life on the page. Settling down to read more of Eleanor felt almost like chatting to an old friend, and her often acerbic observations about modern life were instantly recognisable, as well as being utterly hilarious, which makes unravelling the mystery of her past even more chilling. Definitely one to add to your 2018 reading list if you haven't ploughed through it already. 

What are your new year reads?

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

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