The books in my life right now

I’m trying to commit to reading as much as possible right now, because, as everyone knows you need to read in order to write. And I’m really trying to write!

These are the books in my life right now –  have read, reading, or intending to read:

Elements of Style by William Strunk Jnr & E.B. White. Because every writer is supposed to read it, according to anyone who’s anyone. Currently reading. 

The Paris Wife – By Paula McLain. Intending to read. Intrigued by the set of people fictionalized in the book – Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, etc.

Hard Choices By Hilary Clinton  Currently reading, on and off. Interested in her character, in the events that shaped her recent life and her ambition for the top job. It’s a little dry in the beginning, having some difficulty in staying focused.

Armada by Ernerst Cline. Intending to read. Really enjoyed his previous book Ready Player One, looking forward to this one.

The Narrow Road To The Deep North by Richard Flanagan. Intending to read. Man Booker prize winner. Australian Writer, has got great reviews.

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. Intending to read. Recommended on Facebook by an old university lecturer of mine with these words – The ‘absolute highlight of my reading this year’ How could I not?

Mr Mercedes by Stephen King. Intending to read. It’s a Stephen King book and I haven’t read it yet. I love Stephen King.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. Intending to read. Highly recommended YA book. Sounds intriguing.

The Birth Of Venus by Sarah Dunant. Intending to Read. This, along with a couple of others, is a book I had intended to read while we were in Florence. I failed. Because Florence. 

The Book Of Fathers by Miklos Vamos. Intending to read. A book by a top Hungarian writer. I saw this in a Hostel in Berin and the cover art made me want to read it.

The House of Medici by Christopher Hibbert. Currently reading. Another book I intended on reading while we were in Florence. Just started it, it’s great so far.

Lone Star by Paullina Simons. Intending on reading.  I loved the Tatiana and Alexander love story that Paullina Simons wrote when I was a kid, and have been trying to recreate that reading experience ever since. I’m a little apprehensive about this book as I’ve read some not so favourable reviews, so have held off on reading it for a while.

Marching Powder by Rusty Young. Intending to read. Recommended by a friend, then buried amongst other books until I watched the (amazing) Netflix show – Narcos. You should watch Narcos if you haven’t, and i should read Marching Powder.

Natchez Burning by Greg Iles. Currently reading. Picked up a signed copy when I was visiting Harvard with Ryan’s parents. Didn’t get through it before I went home last, but wanted to still read the physical copy of the book which I left at Ryan’s parents house. Getting back into it now.

Harry Potter & The Philosophers Stone – by J.K. Rowling. Intending to read (again). Querying makes me think of J.K Rowling. The Harry Potter books are great and I love them and I haven’t read them in a long time.

Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris. Intending to read. Have heard a lot about David Sedaris lately, all of it good. Excited to read this.

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain. Currently reading.  I love cooking, have worked in restaurants, and like Anthony Bourdain a lot. Liking it so far.

Holy Cow; An Indian Adventure by Sarah MacDonald. Intending to read. Always been fascinated with India, love travel books.

The Mountain Shadow by Gregory David Roberts. Intending to read. Love Shantaram. Have high hopes for this one when I can get my hands on a copy.

The Marble Collector by Cecilia Ahern. Intending to read. Have a love hate relationship with Cecilia Ahern and her books. Will always give them a red hot go though.

Housekeeping Vs The Dirt by Nick Hornby. Intending to read. Sounds awesome, and always ont he look out for more books to read from good sources!

Funny Girl – Intending to read. Love reading books with humour in them without being pure comedies. Nick Hornby is an excellent teacher.

New Boy by Nick Earls. Intending to read. I used to live a few streets over from ZigZag street from his 2nd novel. Read it when I lived there, appreciated him as a writer, looking forward to reading this.

An Abundance Of Katherines by John Green. Currently reading. Not totally sure about John Green yet. Enjoy his books to an extent – very easy reading and he certainly knows how to sell books. I enjoy his YouTube channel as well. Am enjoying this book more than his others so far.

Dear Mr. You by Mary Louise Parker. Intending to read. Like her a lot, this book sounds interesting.

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. Finished reading. LOVED THIS BOOK. So much. I had read her first book ‘Let’s Pretend This Never Happened’ last year and enjoyed it, Furiously Happy is really excellent. Laugh out Loud a Lot in public type excellent. Read excerpts to your partner type excellent. Insightfully excellent. Loved it.

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari. Finished reading. Funny & interesting. You should probably read it. And Watch his new Netflix show – Master of None. Master of none is better than Modern Romance, but only because numbers make me drift off focus, and there was a fair few stats n shizz in Modern Romance. And I was in Florence when I read it so I was already not very focused.

A Little Life. Short Stories by Hanya Yanagihara Intending to read. Trying to read a bunch of the most loved short stories as I’m trying to write more of them.

Runaway. Short Stories by Alice Munro. Currently reading. Ditto. Didn’t enjoy the first story as much as I thought I would. It made me question a lot of things about writing though, which is always good?

The Garden Party and Other Stories. Short stories by  Katherine Mansfield Intending to read. Ditto. 

Tenth Of Decembe. Short Stories by George Sanders Intending to read. Ditto.

The Thing Around Your Neck. Short Stories by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie. Intending to read. Ditto.

My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff. Intending to read. 

Silver In The Blood by Jessica Day George. Finished reading. Easy reading and I finished it, but I didn’t love it.

The Queen Of The Tearling by Erika Johansen.Finished reading. Liked it. Will read the next one – The Invasion of the Tearling.

The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes. Finished Reading. Because everyone needs a little Irish chick lit, amiright?  Easy summer reading.

Twenty Eight And A Half Wishes by Denise Grover Swank. Finished reading.  Didn’t really like this, a little too romance novel for me.

As You Wish by Cary Elwes  Finsihed reading.  As someone who loves the movie, this was a great quick read. Enjoyed it.

Sick In The Head by Judd Apatow. Currently reading. Not as good as I thought it would be so far. Haven’t read very much though. Have hope!

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Finished reading. Took me a while to get into this, but enjoyed it more and more as I continued on. Worthwhile read.

Familyhood by Paul Reiser Finished reading.  Loved him as a comic, in Mad About You, and particularly his first two books – Couplehood and Babyhood. This was slightly disappointing, and I hate saying that.

Luckiest girl Alive by Jessica Knoll. Finished reading.  Eh. very Gone Girl. But I didn’t really like Gone Girl either. Might make a good movie, though?

DragonFlight by Anne McCaffrey Kind of reading?  I love this book, so sometimes i just go back and read parts of itI

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Finished reading.  Really liked this book. Will definitely read the next one.

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. Same as DragonFlight. Will go back and read it again and again.

On Writing by Stephen King. Same as above. So many lessons in this book, it’s a goldmine.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – Listened to this on walks at home. Was great.

David And Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell. Currently listening to with Ryan. Enjoying it.

If you have any suggestions of other books to read, let me know!

The other things that I read right now are the Renegade Collective Magazine when I can get my mitts on it, because it’s the best magazine I’ve read in ages, and cooking magazines, because cooking.



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