Recent Reads Aug-Oct 2018

It’s time, in fact, I’m overdue to share what I’ve been reading over the last few months.

I promised myself at the start of 2018 that I would read more and I’ve really loved it so far. I’m now on Goodreads, which I use to keep track of what I’ve read.

You can see the previous Recent Reads post here.

Books I have read since August

  1. The Geography of Witchcraft by Montague Summers. A book I read for research purposes. It details evidence of “witchcraft” in places around the world. I didn’t read this cover to cover, more zeroed in on the bits that interested me.
  2. The Complete Art of Witchcraft by Sybil Leek. Another research read, I skim read most of this one as it was rather repetitive.
  3. The Martian by Andy Weir. I loved this book so much! I made me want to watch the film again. I’m a big fan of diary style books. It’s also rather nice to know that this book was self-published and sold 35,000 copies in three months on Amazon. At which point the rights were bought and it was republished the traditional way.
  4. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner. I was recommended this book by someone from one of the writing courses I’ve done. They suggested it because much of it is in the Stream of Consciousness style. I managed the first two chapters (there are four) but I moved on from it without finishing. I found it impenetrable in parts but also didn’t warm to any of the characters. Have you read this one? I’d be interested to know what you thought?
  5. The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut. Another one suggested to me, and a sci-fi classic. This is decades old but still seems so futuristic and relevant. I’d recommend it if you love the sci-fi genre.
  6. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. A classic that is the first Plath I’ve ever read. I loved it. I can see myself going back to this at some point for a reread. Another that still feels relevant today but for different reasons.
  7. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. This is written in a very distinctive style that, to be honest, took me a while to get used to. I almost gave up. But I’m glad I didn’t. It’s set in America in the days of slaves and plantations. It’s a visceral but hopeful read.

Currently reading

The Power by Naomi Alderman– I’m loving this so much! I think this will be in my top five reads of 2018. Have you read it yet?

The fabulous @poppylovesbookclub is reading The Power this month too. They are hosting a chat towards the end of the month online which I’ll be joining.

What are you reading right now?

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6 Comments

  1. November 6, 2018 / 1:08 pm

    I’m currently reading Vulgar Favours which explores the assassination of Giannini Versace and the events leading up to it – it’s a hefty read but I would recommend it 100%. The Bell Jar is one of those books that is always on my reading list but never get round to, I will have to make it my next purchase!

    • Susie
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 1:54 pm

      Hi Emily, that does sound interesting! There was a dramatised version of what happened to him on TV recently, which I missed. Must watch it on catch up

  2. November 6, 2018 / 7:23 pm

    I love crime fiction, mostly. However, I really love a series of books called ‘girl in a box’, then ‘girl out of the box’, it’s about modern day meta humans, descended from Gods. Real page turners.

    • Susie
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 9:00 pm

      That does sound interesting, will check them out thanks!

  3. November 6, 2018 / 11:36 pm

    I read the Bell Jar while I was at Uni in the late 80s – i found it a very powerful book then. I think I need to read it again. I loved ‘The Martian’ film – and I think I’ll add that to my list. I’ll be looking into your suggestions – thank you.
    I’ve not been reading any fiction books recently – it’s all been a bit full on. I’ve just got some audio books for the commute.

    • Susie
      Author
      November 7, 2018 / 9:47 am

      Thanks Bec, I like audio books too but I’m particular about the voices, so it depends who is narrating

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