There are currently three books in my bag. One in my work desk. I have no idea how many on my shelves at home. And seven that I am about to review. It’s possible I read too much.
If you are looking for something new to get you through the colder months (hallelujah Autumn) one of the following may – or may not, there have been a couple of those too – be for you…
Soppy – Philippa Rice ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Kicking this off with my favourite book of late, Soppy. A graphic novel illustrating the day to day life of a couple in love, the drawings are adorable and the situations relatable. This book only took about an hour to flip through, and is cute no matter what page you open it on – meaning you don’t necessarily have to go from cover to cover. I am a big fan.
Examples of Soppy illustrations: Sleeping. Reading. Cuddling. Spooning.
Fag Hag – Robert Rodi ⭐⭐⭐
OK so, this one, I’ll admit, I picked up purely because the title made me laugh and the cover is fantastic. I had very low expectations and nearly didn’t even read it. But I paid good money and people kept asking if it was any good, so I gave it a go. Fag Hag, a story of an intense platonic coupling between a gay man and a straight woman, started off strong. Following the friendship of Natalie and Peter, this book begins with a woman trying to sabotage the (gay) man she loves’ new relationship. It’s funny and witty and a little psychotic, which is great. But then? Then the author ramps up the crazy step by step until thing are just a little uncomfortable. Although I did enjoy this story, the take away I got from it was less than favourable. In short, Rodi, dude, which fag hag caused you to despise all women? We’re really not that bad.
The Girl On The Train – Paula Hawkins ⭐⭐
A ‘number one bestseller,’ The Girl On The Train has had a huge amount of high praise. Not to p*** on that bonfire, but I don’t think it deserved the hype. A book focussed on the intertwining timelines of two messed up women, the story dealt with alcoholism, abuse, mental illness, the lot. And it did so without humour or humility. Although I did get into this book, hence the 2 stars rather than total abandonment, it was quite predictable, and I didn’t care about any of the characters. It’s a decent mystery, I suppose, but it’s no Gone Girl (it tried so hard to be Gone Girl.)
The Opposite Of Loneliness – Marina Keegan ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I really love this book. A collection of short stories, both fiction and non-fiction, The Opposite of Loneliness was authored by Marina Keegan, a very talented 22 year old writer who sadly passed away shortly after graduating from Yale. While her fiction smarts of a young, undeveloped voice (not in a bad way, but you can tell there was still work to do) her non-fiction and short excerpts between chapters are pretty beautiful. I especially enjoyed ‘Stability In Motion,’ an essay regarding her feelings for her car, and this excerpt, which I think we can all relate to:
“So what I’m trying to say is you should text me back.
Because there’s a precedent. Because there’s an urgency.
Because there’s a bedtime.
Because when the world ends I might not have my phone charged and
If you don’t respond soon,
I won’t know if you’d wanna leave your shadow next to mine.”
Psycho – Robert Bloch ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Have you seen Psycho? Because the book is exactly like the film. AKA, AMAZING.
Tales From The Back Row – Amy Odell ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Written from the POV of an ‘outsider on the inside’ of fashion, Tales From The Back Row discusses multiple aspects of the fashion world from bloggers to models to ‘everyone else.’ There’s a street style challenge and jogging pants bought whilst high, and even ‘vital facts for anyone that wants to work in fashion.’ For fashion students and wannabes, this read could probably be classed as essential. Personally, I really enjoyed the chatty, secret giving nature of it all. Amy Odell is a very funny writer. I’d recommend hands down.
My Best Friend’s Exorcism – Grady Hendrix ⭐⭐⭐
Marketed as ‘a heartwarming tale of friendship and demonic possession,’ this book has an awesome front cover and a strong 80s vibe. I’m not personally a huge fan of the 80s, as was my one issue with Stranger Things, but if you are this might be perfect for you. Not really as heartwarming as is sold in, My Best Friend’s Exorcism is mainly about the demonic possession side of it all, but it’s still pretty good, if you’re into that kind of thing.