Too many books, not enough time

I’ve always been a person who loves reading but it’s extremely easy to let life take over, inbetween school/college/work, social media and just generally living, reading often gets put on the back burner. However, everytime I go on holiday my reading dramatically increases and I come home with the reading bug. This is probably due to the amount of time you have to be in your own world, the calming environment and reduced distractions that give the perfect environment to reading.

The holiday reads - the books that initiated the bug

The holiday reads – the books that initiated the bug

A quick review on the books I read on holiday… (pictured above)
Looking for Alaska by John Green: I bought this on the ferry to France having wanted to read another John Green book for a while now. It had me on edge wondering what the chapters were counting down to and of course John Green didn’t disappoint. It’s sad, it’s funny, it’s heartbreaking and shows both the joys and pains of life. I would go as far as to say I liked this book as much, if not more than The Fault in Our Stars (is this/can this be turned into a movie? pleaaase). In short I love this book (I read it twice on holiday) and I would definitely recommend.

An Invisible Sign of My Own by Aimee Bender: If you’ve read The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake you’d know the style of Aimee Bender’s books and the type of stories she writes. They’re weird and wonderful to say the least. I enjoyed the read which was both funny and utterly confusing but I wouldn’t read it again. It was good, but not thrilling for me – nonetheless I was glued to it.

A Tiny Bit Marvellous by Dawn French: If you remember the last book post I spoke about how I was going to give this book a shot even though my Mum thoroughly hated it so much that she didn’t even get half way through. I can see what she means. If you can get through the truly annoying writing style (I’m sorry, I love Dawn French but how this book’s written is so cliche and irritating) then the actual story line does get SLIGHTLY interesting. However I’m not sure that it’s really worth the 300 and something pages for the exciting 2 chapters…I wouldn’t recommend.

Instructions For a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell: I actually chose this book for Mum’s birthday and she recommended me to read it. I really loved this book, it’s a page turner with a realistic, warm and human-like writing style making you feel like you’re at the heart of the events which unfold. It was a lovely read and I would certainly recommend it to anybody looking for a quick read but wanting a very unusual, interesting book. I would read it again for sure.

As someone who not only loves reading but is embarking on English Literature A level in less than 2 weeks time, I feel like I have a lot of reading ahead of me. The only problem is there are too many books to read and not enough time! No longer am I on holiday, where I can indulge in reading for the day – life’s distractions are back and time feels once again restricted. Anyhow I have an extremely long reading list combined of easy reads and sixth form ones; some of the books I want to read are pictured below.

I have a shelf in my room full of books I haven't read yet so I always have a new book to turn to!

I have a shelf in my room full of books I haven’t read yet so I always have a new book to turn to!

I encourage everyone reading this to go and embark on a reading adventure if you haven’t already. Reading regularly will widen your thoughts, imagination and vocabulary, and who doesn’t want that?

My summer reading list –

If you’re interested to see my WHOLE reading list then I’d be happy to write about that in the future?…

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