Thursday, 17 January 2013

Books for January

Books-for-January

After my Resolutions blog post, one of which was to read more, these are the books I'm reading this January.

1. I read my first Ian McEwan book last year - Enduring Love, and it blew me away so much I had to have a bit of a break from his work to recover before I felt up for more! I find his writing incredibly moving and immersive, so I am feeling a little bit of trepidation in starting Atonement, as I know it's one of his best and most popular novels.

2. I picked Nora Ephron's autobiography I feel bad about my neck up on the android online store when they were doing a deal on biographes. It's not a traditional biography, but a number of chapters and short pieces about her life and growing older. It's funny and very thought provoking.

3. The first book I read in January was The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, which I devoured pretty quickly. It's a light, easy self-help style book that is very motivational if you are looking for ways to make your life a bit more fulfilling and well, happy, without doing anything completely radical. Exactly the sort of kick up the arse I needed to begin January with!

4. The Bell Jar is such a little book, I can't believe I've never read it before now. I studied some of Sylvia Plath's poetry for GCSE, but I haven't touched any of her work since so I am looking forward to trying it again. And maybe watching the film with Gwenyth Paltrow in as well.

What are you reading currently?

24 comments:

Hazel said...

I haven't read Atonement, but if it's anything like the film (I'm sure it will be better), it'll blow you away.
I loved the film but I couldn't watch it again, it's so emotionally draining. I was exhausted after seeing it.

I think I'll pick up a copy of the Happiness Project.

Happy reading x

Emsipop said...

I MUST get the Nora Ephron book. She wrote some of my most favourite films xx

Niina - It seems pretty obvious. said...

I made that resolution last year! I didn't reach my goal of 50 books in a year but at least I read A LOT more than the year before :) you just got to love reading!

Marie Monaghan said...

Great choices, I also LOVED Enduring Love, it's one of my all-time favourite reads. Have you seen the film? It's also excellent.

I'm currently reading a book called Rites by Sophie Coulombeau. It's about four adults looking back on a terrible incident that happened when they were teenagers. You get the viewpoints of lots of different members of the community who all remember things slightly differently and it's unclear where the truth lies. I'm really enjoying it so far.

I don't tend to promote this when I'm commenting on my favourite fashion/beauty blogs, but I write a book blog - maybe it will give you some ideas to help you with your resolution to read more! You can read about my favourite novels of 2012 here:

http://www.girlvsbookshelf.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/a-year-of-reading.html

Marie

Corinne said...

I LOVE the Bell Jar, and a most of her poetry. I didn't realise there was a film about it though, I'm going to investigate this further!

Corinne x
www.skinnedcartree.com

Manda said...

"Atonement" is in my list of top 5 books of all time. I hope you'll like it just as much as I do!

daisychain said...

I LOVE Atonement, and any of Ian McEwan's books for that matter..x

Katie Frank said...

oh this post is made for me or :DD??
I was looking for books to read and ... i come to see your blog and... you write about books <3 awesome!!!
thank you for sharing <3
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Joanna. said...

I ummed and ahhed the other day about buying the Happiness Project. Mainly because I love the cover, but that little review has sold me. Into my online basket it goes...

:D

Sherin said...

I recently read the bell jar and really loved it. Need to read the others - I'm putting together a holiday booklist so definitely need some recommendations.

Et tu, tutu? said...

Right now the only books I'm reading are textbooks. It's an exciting life I lead. The Bell Jar is on my to-read list though! Great picks!

-Lindsey

EilidhPie said...

That's a good variety of books! I'm trying to read more this year too - I have so many unread books on my shelf, inuding The Bell Jar! Xo

Audrey (hkittygirl) said...

I'm currently reading Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" along with a bunch of other art books. :D

Maria Fallon said...

I liked Atonement but I haven't read any of the others but I have added them to my reading list!

Maria xxx

Kate said...

Ooooh, you should join Goodreads! It's my resolution to read more too & I find logging my books on Goodreads (as well as picking out what I might read next is actually helping me to read more.

PinkBow said...

Love the bell jar, a favourite.

Kati said...

So want to read Atonement, too, but I'm a bit afraid I have to confess!

-Kati

Joana said...

I read 'The Bell Jar' this past year and though I enjoyed it immensely, I felt my expectations were too high due to its great reputation. I'm sure you'll like it anyway :)

Glynis Madden said...

Atonement is one of my favourites. It will get you thinking long after you've finished reading it. Enjoy x

canvasofculture said...

Oh I've been wanting to pick up "the happiness project"! I read the bell jar last summer. It really makes you stop and reflect for a bit.
xx

Kristin B said...

I've been meaning to get my hands on The Happiness Project for waaaay too long. Hearing it recommended from others more and more often is motivation to move it to the top of my to read list. :)

The Bell Jar is one of my favourites.Hope you enjoy it!

x

shipshapeandbristolfashion said...

I love the Bell Jar - and the film version with Gwyneth Paltrow is really good! Am currently reading Caitlin Moran's Moranthology which I got for Christmas, and a backlog of fashion magazines. x

Fragile Bird said...

The bell jar is an amazing book, such a good read

Please come and check out my latest post if you have a few minutes spare :)

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Helen

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Penny said...

I spend about 1.5 hours in the train every day so I consume a lot of books - shamefully chick lit but I just finished "curious case of the dog in the nighttime" -as I saw it's coming as a theatre show soon and I have always wanted to read it - amazing book!