If you know me personally then you will know I love love love to read! It pains me every so often I need to take books to the charity shops so I can buy more books, but I believe books need to be loved and shared with others. In fact once upon a time I had a bookshelf filled with just Terry Pratchett’s novels from the children’s series’ to the Discworld novels (my entire being cried when he passed) but when we moved 00Steve made me a bookshelf in our bedroom and now they are mixed with other books – some vertical and some horizontal and most definitely NOT in order. Part of me likes it like that visually but the rest of me is like “What have you done man?” So what have I got on my list to escape into? To become so encompassed that a part of me feels lost when the book is finished (due to this feeling I haven’t and won’t finish the Deathly Hallows) I often don’t like reading series of books due to feeling part of the story and when it is finished I get left with this empty morning type of feeling. Do you ever experience it?
The last two that left me like that were Miss Peregrines School for Peculiar Children and The Hunger Games. The books that first left me feeling like that were The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy which subsequently had me read The Simarillian which fed my need of knowing who the relationships of the races an families came to be – it is an incredibly backwards and confusing book for a 15 year old to read but still (my Dad told me at 11 it was too hard going and yes he was right) But I digress; something avid readers often do much to the annoyance of others.
Body Positive Power by Megan Jayne Crabbe – Now this book is on my list to help me break free of my body image chains. I have spent far too long disliking how I look rather than embracing my body and this book is written by one of the more well known movers and shakers of the body positivity scene; she suffered badly from an eating disorder for many years and has allowed herself to love herself again and not feel restricted in how she looks or what she eats.
The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti – This is supposed to be a psychological thriller about a teenager who was caught in a tryst with her teacher and disappears. I enjoy the Criminal Minds series and it piqued my interest but even if it just ends up being a “whodunit” I hope I will still enjoy it.
16th Seduction by James Patterson – I really love James Patterson books and read lots of my Mam’s copies growing up. This is more of a conspiracy theory style book about a detective who with her husband caught a serial bomber and as the trial looms she doesn’t know who to trust. I have high hopes for this one so hopefully it isn’t dashed.
Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman – This book is written by a Nobel Economic Science Prize winner and it is about his theories on the mind. How one part is fast and the other slow, he talks about working out when and where you should use each. As I am going through DBT I hope this one will help alongside the emotional regulation section with how I cope with stressful situations.
Star Wars by William Shakespeare – Yes this does sound amazing doesn’t it?! Well it might do for those who enjoy Shakespeare like myself (going to the theatre is one of my favourite past times) or just being a huge Star Wars nerd guilty as charged! I think I will annoy the hell out of both my Dad and 00Steve quoting Darth Vader in a Shakespearian tongue!
Wild by Cheryl Strayed – This has been on my reading list for a long time but when I was trying to read it I was on a lot of strong pain relief so lacked the concentration to read. It was made into a film with Reese Witherspoon and was really good, it is a real story on how Cheryl lost and found herself, she went backpacking across America and her story is touching.
Ragdoll by Daniel Cole – This is what I am currently reading and it is about a homicide detective who has been involved in high profile cases. They find a body in a building opposite his flat pointing to his apartment; however the body isnt just one body but compromised of 6 victims stitched together.
Silent Nights Christmas Mysteries – 00Steve bought me this a few years back as I do love me some good crime drama (you couldn’t tell could you? I mean check out my about me page!) It is a collection of stories based around Christmas and murder so with The Big C coming up it is fitting I finally read it now I have more time to myself!
Unwanted Baggage by Elizabeth and Phillip Prosser – These two people created the International Children’s Ostomy Education Fund which is to help children having various surgeries surrounding different types of ostomies. This is a book on their journey with an ostomy and tips and tricks really.
I have a few books I am looking forward to reading after Christmas and they are mainly the rest of the Wallander series that one of my oldest friends (and published author) got me into; she bought me the first a couple of years ago which I read and loved, but I recently watched the TV series on Netflix and I want to read the rest. I have also started watching Instinct with one of my favourite actors Alan Cummings which is based on the James Patterson novel Murder Games, so clearly I need to read that now too!
Do you like to read? What is on your reading list?