Spring is coming, and I am very excited about it! Lighter mornings, longer evenings – it’s lovely to finally be coming out of hibernation.
I’m still not finished with the first draft of my second novel, though I am now on the final third! I am aiming to be done by the end of April. That may be a little optimistic, but I am really looking forward to a long summer of polishing and editing.
Aside from my writing and other projects which take up so much time, I have been making a huge effort to read as much as possible. I’m even doing the Good Reads 2015 reading challenge! Reading is so important – it inspires, it educates, it calms and keeps the mind active and engaged.
I thought I might write a little about some of the books I have read and loved recently. If you have read them also, I’d love to know what you thought!
Station Eleven – Emily St John Mandel
It took me a few chapters before I was really into this one, but I am so glad I stuck with it. The post Georgia Flu world is both terrifying and inspiring (from a writer’s perspective!). I love anything apocalyptic or dystopian, and I found this book to be original and gripping, with all the ends nicely tied up! I definitely recommend this and would love to see a film adaptation!
Wild – Cheryl Strayed
I just loved this book and was sad to finish it. I wanted to carry on reading about Cheryl’s adventures and now feel inclined to take myself on a similar journey! I love the idea of utterly challenging yourself and doing something so life changing. Wild is beautiful, funny and has an exceptional message throughout. It’s not too late.
Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami
This had been on my list for years and I can’t believe it took me so long to actually read. The story is melancholy and just stunning. I rarely sob my heart out at books, but this one really got to me. I loved the writing style and the main character of Toru. I sort of wish there had been more written about his life as an ‘adult’, but I guess the missing parts all adds to the beauty of it!
I have so many other books to read right now, but the ones at the top of list are:
The Mime Order – Samantha Shannon
Stone Mattress – Margaret Atwood
Trigger Warning – Neil Gaiman
Testament of Youth – Vera Brittain
Thanks for reading and fingers crossed I will have a bit more writing progress next time!