I wasn’t planning on putting up these new books (which I bought for myself last week) but I am currently trying to get on top of my reading so I can get ahead with my book reviews for 2014. Recently I have been reading books then writing up my thoughts on my blog almost straight away. I thought it would be nice to get a little head start and be more organised (though this probably won’t last long) for the start of a fresh new year.
Last week I was talking to one of my uni friends from my English Literature course. We got on to the topic of what we had been reading and, as I fully trust her opinion and taste in books, pretty much all of these books pictured above, bar one, are her recommendations:
- Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke – set in nineteenth-century England, at the height of the Napoleonic wars, Clarke adds some magical touches (in the form of magicians) to create a wonderfully enchanting novel.
- The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke – described as a mix between Austen and Angela Carter I am intrigued to see what that creates.
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – I have never read any books by Gaiman and thought I would start with his most recent publication. Again, this is another mystical fantasy and all three of these books seem like wonderful escapist novels that I can’t wait to read.
- The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida – written by a boy who has autism, this is a book I saw reviewed on a blog, though I can’t remember which one. As I am currently working with people with learning disabilities, many of which are autistic, I thought this would be a fascinating look into the mind of one boy’s story of living with autism.
But, before I get to pick which of these fascinating books (plus all the other books on my TBR pile) to read first, I have to finish reading Nabokov’s Lolita for my Classics Club Spin. I have been putting it off for far to long and now the 1st of January is quickly approaching…