I’ve slowed down a little after my initial burst of reading in January but getting through a couple of books a month is realistic for me so I’m happy with how it’s going so far. Hopefully in a few weeks I’ll be able to let the kids loose in the garden while I have a few minutes to sit in the sun and read, that might just be wishful thinking.
The first book I read this month was The Rosie Project; I was sent a free copy to review by Mumsnet Book club and they also did a fantastic webchat with the author Graeme Simsion. It was a great chance to hear a little more about how he came to write the book and his own ideas on the character of Don. It challenged my own perceptions of adults with ASD and this idea that we have to somehow make them fit into our idea of normal rather than accepting what normal is for them. This was such a great read, really charming and funny, it made me laugh out loud. It would be a great book to buy for a gift as it’s one of those I think most people would enjoy whatever their usual preferred genre is. I’ve already lent mine to a friend so I hope she enjoys it.
Last time I was in Waterstones I picked up several of the Penguin Little Black Classics. If you haven’t seen these they are small editions or snippets of Penguin classics; each one is 80p to celebrate Penguins 80th anniversary. You can see the full list here but we chose a selection of poetry by Emily Bronte, Edgar Allen Poe short stories, a Henry James one and this collection of Grimm tales called The Robber Bridegroom. I loved Grimm Fairytales as a child! I like how they are no nonsense, good vs bad but with quite dark elements. This collection is definitely for adults but I enjoyed reading them, they are quite basic as they are translated but still good.
The last one is Gone Girl which I wrote a little about in my last A Little Bit Lately. I know this is one of those must read books and I’ve seen people who loved it and people who found it disappointing. I have to say that I read it really, really quickly! I think I’d finished it in under two days and I was stealing five minutes in the day to read a few more pages. That being said I don’t think I’d read it again as it wouldn’t be the same once you knew the ending, I did enjoy it but I couldn’t help but be a little disappointed when I’d finished. Although I understand why it had to end as it did I’d have just liked something different.
I’ve got a couple of other book related things to share this month. My friend Caro who blogs over at The Twinkle Diaries is such a super talented lady and she has recently started her own online shop, amongst some gorgeous papercuts are some really cute personlised book cover prints. They’d made a lovely gift for a new baby! I am also in love with these bags I spotted over on Etsy, ‘I like big books and I cannot lie’ I need one in my life!
As always check out the hashtag over on Instagram #ayearinbooks2015 to see what everyone is reading and get inspired. I’d love to hear what books you are enjoying this year.