Monday, 19 December 2016

Some books I've read lately

Entirely inspired by my new Goodreads account (if you missed it, you can find me here), I've been on a bit of a reading kick of late. I'd considered myself to be somewhat well read, but having compared my "read" list to that of my friends and other Goodreads users, I realised I had some catching up to do. Of course, it's not just about numbers and statistics - I've also been motivated to branch out, and discover genres and authors I might not otherwise have.

If you're not familiar with Goodreads, you basically plug in all the books you've read and create lists of the books you'd like to read. You can make "bookshelves" to categorise your books anyway you like (I adore doing this - I've got ones for every decade that I've read books for, the authors' nationalities, and I've even organised my "to read" books into genres so I can easily pick something out depending on my mood at the time). I'm usually very reluctant to setting up new social media accounts, but I'm pretty happy I did as I'm properly obsessed. Ooh and before I forget - here, here and here are some cool people to follow on there to get you started!

I've been reading a bit of P.G. Wodehouse recently - namely Carry On, Jeeves! and The Inimitable Jeeves - and it's fantastically, properly laugh-out-loud funny. I love Wodehouse's style, although I imagine it'd be quite tedious if you don't like it - it borders on formulaic at times, but I find that makes for a comfortingly predictable read. I personally can't get enough of Bertie's antics. My goal is to read the whole Jeeves series, and then get started on his Blandings novels. Oh and I whole-heartedly recommend the TV adaptation starring Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry, who are perfect in their respective roles of Wooster and Jeeves.

I also read The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, and I feel very late to the party, as it seems to be the favourite book of everyone I know. I very much enjoyed it, although I found the sci-fi bits somewhat hard to follow - however, this is entirely attributable to the fact that I rarely read anything from the genre, and mentions of spaceships and lightyears get me somewhat muddled. Adams's style is not a million miles from Wodehouse's, both being funny, light-hearted and very, very British. My stepfather lent me the whole series (he's a big Douglas Adams fan), and I hope to get through them in the new year.

Sali Hughes's second book, Pretty Iconic, came out last month, and I devoured it over the course of a few days. It's a look at beauty products that have become icons in their own right, from those that have been around for decades, to products that she suspects will become iconic in years to come. Buying a book about beauty products is often not a wise investment, as newer and better things appear on the market everyday, while beloved products get discontinued, thus rendering such a product guide outdated and useless. This book clever bypasses this issue by discussing how these products impacted the beauty industry of their time, whether or not they're still the leaders in their field or still in production, or whether they were any good in the first place. A funny, beautifully presented and moreish read.

I'm currently reading The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens, which is a bit of a Christmas tradition of mine - I read A Christmas Carol in 2014 and The Chimes last year, both of which were very festive and seasonally appropriate. I'm also hoping to get through Very Good, Jeeves this month, before getting started on Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (which has been highly recommended to me by everyone and their dog) as an interesting, if not very merry, way to begin 2017. As ever, any book recommendations would be greatly appreciated!
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