Welcome to the start of a new series I’m planning on doing. Since moving back home with my parents while I try and finish my MA dissertation (3 weeks and counting!!) and look for jobs in the real world, I’ve promised that I will try and cut back on my book buying, getting new books from the library instead…
With this in mind, I skipped off to my local library the other day, got myself a nice new library card and started perusing the shelves. With stacks and stacks surrounding me, I found it really hard to choose what to take home with me for my first library haul and had planned to only take one home. This obviously didn’t happen and I ended up selecting these 3:
The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan
After reading The Keeper of Lost Things earlier in the year, I’ve been keen to pick up Ruth’s next novel. Her way with words is like no other; I really loved her eccentric, fun and heart-warming style from the first book and am glad to see that this seems to translate into Sally Red Shoes too.
“Once a spirited, independent woman with a rebellious streak, her life has been forever changed by a tragic event twelve years ago. Unable to let go of her grief, she finds solace in the silent company of the souls of her local Victorian cemetery and at the town’s lido, where she seeks refuge underwater – safe from the pain.
But a chance encounter with two extraordinary women – the fabulous and wise Kitty Muriel, a convent girl-turned-magician’s wife-turned-seventy-something-roller-disco-fanatic, and the mysterious Sally Red Shoes, a bag lady with a prodigious voice – opens up a new world of possibilities, and the chance to start living together.”
I’ve already started reading this one, and I must admit, I’m loving it already; it has all the makings of a cosy autumn read!
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
I’ve been desperate to pick up a Karin Slaughter novel after seeing numerous people raving about her work. After discussing it with some bookstagram buddies, I decided to start with Pretty Girls, of which I managed to find a copy in the library – WHAT LUCK!
A classic thriller, Pretty Girls tells the story of Claire Scott and her sister, Julia, who went missing 20 years ago.
“No one knew where she went – no note, no body. It was a mystery that was never solved and it tore her family apart.
Now another girl has disappeared, with chilling echoes of the past. And it seems that she might not be the only one.
Claire is convinced Julia’s disappearance is linked.
But when she begins to learn the truth about her sister, she is confronted with a shocking discovery, and nothing will ever be the same…”
I can’t wait to get into this and I know it will probably take over my life Thankfully, at 500-odd pages, there’s a whole lot of book to read.
When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife by Meena Kandasamy
Having been recently shortlisted for the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction, I’ve been eager to get my hands on a copy of this.
“Seduced by politics, poetry and an enduring dream of building a better world together, the unnamed narrator falls in love with a university professor. Moving with him to a rain-washed coastal town, she is swiftly learns that what for her is a bond of love is for him a contract of ownership. As he sets about reducing her to his idealised version of an obedient wife, bullying her and devouring her ambition of being a writer in the process, she attempts to push back – a resistance he resolves to break with violence and rape.”
I’m aware that this will probably be quite a shocking and hard read, and was divisive amongst the booktuber community, however, I’m really intrigued to try Kandasamy’s writing and read something that will not necessary be enjoyable, but that will stretch me.