To me, the start of a new year means a new reading list. I always get tons of amazing and thoughtful gifts at Christmas, and a large section of these are almost always books. People, you know me well. This Christmas (well, last Christmas technically) was a good’un when it came to my book collection. Not only did several of the amazing Penguin Clothbound Classics (if you haven’t seen them, go see them, seriously), but I was given loads of new lovelies to work my way through this year too.
So with that in mind, I thought I’d share a few of my new reads with you:
The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
I was actually bought this last Christmas but didn’t get round to reading it last year. I’ve now seen the film, and loved it so much that this one is first on my list. This book is set in 1960’s America, and looks at the relationships between white households and their black housemaids at the time. I absolutely fell in love with the film, so I’m just hoping the book is as moving, and (at times) hilarious as the film!
Pretty Honest, by Sali Hughes
This is one I had been eyeing up for a while, so I was pretty happy when I unwrapped it on Christmas Day. I love a good beauty book, and have seen so many other bloggers raving about this one, that I’m certain it’ll be a dressing table staple in no time! Also, as superficial as it sounds, it just looks so pretty!
If I Stay, by Gayle Forman
I haven’t seen the film that has been based on this, but when I read the synopsis of this, it sounded right up my street. I have a tendency to pick books based on life/death scenarios and from what I can tell from the albeit ambiguous storyline, that sums this book up pretty well. I’m really looking forward to reading this and seeing what all the fuss has been about!
How To Be a Woman, by Caitlin Moran
Okay, so this one I have actually started reading already, but I couldn’t help myself. I love Caitlin Moran, and so far this book is exactly as amazing as everybody has said it is.
Not That Kind of Girl, by Lena Dunham
Who doesn’t love Lena Dunham, right? Again, this is one I have started already, having got this a few weeks before Christmas. I’m about halfway through this and loving every second. This woman is the epitome of the every-woman, but stronger, fiercer and more concise with her opinions. I can’t wait to read the rest of this.
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, by Jonas Jonasson
I was recommended this by a friend a while ago, and I loved the sound of it. I have a feeling this will be my next bedside read, it sounds really sweet, funny and completely different to anything else I’ve read recently.
Has anyone read any of these? What other books are on your reading list this year?