I never fall out of love with reading, but I certainly have phases where I do it more than others. I tend to find that I either read furiously and constantly, or I save reading for holidays and long journeys. At the moment it’s definitely the former, and after loading up the Kindle app on my iPad Mini with tons of books a few weeks ago I’ve actually already read loads of them already – oops! I thought I’d share five that are next on my to-read list, and hopefully I’ll be able to tick off whilst we’re away.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
Amazon says: THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE is a novel about memory and magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us, created by the unparalleled imaginative power of Neil Gaiman.
I say: I haven’t actually read any of Neil Gaiman before but I remember some rave reviews of this on one of Alex’s Blogging Good Read posts. I actually don’t really read ‘fantasy’ books, but this desribes itself as a blend of fantasy and reality, and the plot intrigued me so – we shall see!
The Maze Runner – James Dashner
Amazon says: When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he’s not alone. He’s surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade – a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze. Like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they came to be there – or what’s happened to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything – even the Grievers, half-machine, half-animal horror that patrol its corridors, to try and find out.
I say: I saw this on a list of books that were being made into films this year and was intrigued. It’s part of a trilogy that seems to be getting rave reviews at the moment so I thought I’d see what all of the fuss is about.
Looking For Alaska – John Green
Amazon says: The unmissable first novel from bestselling and award-winning author of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words – and tired of his safe, boring and rather lonely life at home. He leaves for boarding school filled with cautious optimism, to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.” Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.
I say: I read The Fault in Our Stars a couple of months ago and really enjoyed it so I wanted to read something else by John Green, especially after hearing lots of John Green fans say that TFIOS is not his best – so I’m looking forward to seeing how this compares.
Eat & Run – Scott Jurek
Amazon says: An inspirational memoir by Scott Jurek, one of the finest ultrarunners in the world.
I say: After reading Born To Run and UltraMarathon Man recently I thought I’d have a little break from books about running, but I’m really keen to read this by Scott Jurek. Scott Jurek is one of the most acclaimed ultramarathoners (an ultramarathon are marathons longer than the standard marathon, typically either 50k, 100k, 50 miles or 100 miles). This is his memoir, where he talks about running as well as his diet (he is vegan, which I believe is fairly unusual for an endurance athlete).
Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay
Amazon says: In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of colour (The Help) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture.
I say: I’ve been reading a lot about women’s leadership, equality in the workplace and feminism generally recently and this book really piqued my interest when I saw someone link to her Tumblr and found myself really enjoying her writing. It looks like it’s going to be really up my street.
Have you read any of these? Would you be interested in reviews once I have? Also – do you have any more tips for what should be on my reading list?