My Year in... Books

The second of my 2014 ‘best of’ is books. I’ve always been a reader but I must say ever since moving last March, and not having to commute anymore, I’ve struggled more and more with finding the time to read. At night I’m too busy prepping food, blog up keep, cleaning, washing (again moan moan moan about the perils of adulthood!) for an hours reading. When I do finally slip into bed I’m asleep within 10 minutes if I do try and read a few pages!

But I’ve persevered and made time, because for me reading is one of life’s simple pleasures and not something we should take for granted. There are three books I’ve read this year that have really stood out. Let me know what you thought of any if you’ve read them and send me recommendations for what I should be reading in the New Year! Thank you all of you that got in touch on twitter after the last post – I’ve got lists of lists of stuff I need to be listening too!
The Picture of Dorian Gray
A classic! I try and read a handful of ‘classic’ novels every year. You know those books that are always on the ‘must read in your life’ lists. Dorian Gray is probably something you’ve all read – I see you all as knowledgeable with a thirst for literature! One of the easier Oscar Wilde’s I must say but it incredible apt in terms of modern society. Narcissism, lies and sex – perfectly reflects the culture of today.

Stoner is a beautiful novel that I read whilst visiting my grandparents in Barbados early in the year. I’d had it on my shelf for some months and I’m not sure what put me off initially, but I couldn’t recommend it more – it could even be my favourite book of 2014. Stoner was actually published over 50 years ago but had somewhat of a resurgence in 2013. It is the story of an academic whose life is full of small triumphs and bitter disappointments; the novel is a tale of the normal. Nothing grand, nothing out of the ordinary. Just normality at its core. It brings small smiles and also epic tears in its muted excellence. No doubt, after its success in 2013, it’ll regularly be on 3 for 2 offers in the New Year so do pick up a copy where you can.

The Circle
This one for all of you. If you’re on this blog, I suspect you speak Internet. This book is a look into a world where the Internet is dominated by ‘The Circle’ – you can stream, pay, socialise, everything through The Circle. Mae, the protagonist, is a new worker and the book is a tale of her life at The Circle. A move from naivety, suspicion and eventually surrendering to The Circle’s supremacy. Honestly, this book gave me conspiracy dreams! It’s actually made me so much more aware of my online presence and the steer toward Internet dominance – genuinely terrifying.

Next, let’s chat food.


  1. I love Dorain Gray and I'll try to check out the other two.

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    1. Definitely try and read Stoner if you read any! And let me know if you like it!! x

  2. I haven't read any of these! Right now I'm reading The Goldfinch and it's going well :) When I was younger I used to devour book after book after book, but once high school started I made less and less time for independent reading. I'd go months without reading and then go on a reading binge whenever I was off for the holidays. In 2015 I'm going to try the GoodReads reading challenge where I set a goal of how many books I want to finish reading by the end of the year. Hopefully that'll motivate me to make more time for reading, despite my hectic college schedule! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

    1. SUCH a good idea! I might join you on that because I really struggle too, it always falls to the bottom of the to do list. The Goldfinch is on my 'books i have bought but not read yet' shelf, that may well be my first book of the year. x


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