Today I'm going to share with you something a little different. Although I've always loved to make things, I only took up sewing, knitting and even baking in the last 7 years, since starting university.
But before that, my first love was reading.
As a kid I would become completely engrossed in the worlds of Harry Potter and Roald Dahl, shutting myself off in my room desperate to get to the end. To me books have a way of getting the reader wrapped up in their
world much more than a film can, perhaps as you have to imagine the scene yourself in your own way. Even now when I'm not having a great week and things aren't going my way, nothing helps me forget my own worries more than a great story.
So today I'd like to share with you four of my favourite books I've read in the last year or so, each very different but each one had me going to bed late and going one bus stop too far...
I bought this as soon as it came out, as it had a great review in the evening standard and a beautiful front cover. It took me a few chapters to really get into it, but the end had so many twists and turns it really had me hooked. As a huge history (and geography) nut, I loved the setting of 17th century Amsterdam as I always like to peer into centuries-old houses and imagine all the lives lead there previously.
This book is from the man who brought us 'The 100 year old man who climbed out a window and disappeared', and is simply a great story. It rattles along at a great pace and is a very witty, enjoyable read. It reminds me of a kindof Lemony Snicket's 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' for adults.
I will quite happily read books again and again, as I tend to forget things anyway, but I don't think I can do this with Gone Girl. It is completely and utterly gripping, and really quite a harrowing read! Its a sort of love to hate book, as the ending leaves you feeling traumatised and a bit unfinished, but the read along the way is so compelling.
Phillip Pullman's version of the Grimm Tales, is quite a light read. The fairy-tales are concise with a little humour added. They're not the tales as you may know them for children, but the original more gruesome versions with murders and cruel punishments a-plenty.
There you have it, just a few of my favourite reads, guaranteed to brighten up any tube journey!
So what great books have you got lost in recently?