It may be obvious by now that I love books as much as a I love make up and beauty products. In fact, I’ve always been a bit of a bookworm, so my love of books actually predates my love of make up by a good 13 years or so! Although it is now sadly the case that books are almost always cheaper on Amazon, I just love buying books in book shops. Waterstones are currently running a buy one, get one half price offer, which I have taken advantage of twice now. Oops! Anyway, here are the few books which I’ve picked up lately, why I bought them, and why I’m looking forward to reading them!
A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing – Eimear McBride
This is a funny one. Winner of the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, it’s actually a relatively small book. I do understand that the length of a book in no way relates to the quality of the writing, but it is unusual to find such a short book, especially one so highly acclaimed. The blurb explains that the novel tells the story of a young woman, whose life has been shaped by her relationship with her brother, who had a brain tumour in childhood. It is an intimate insight into the narrator’s head. I’m looking forward to reading this, as such highly acclaimed novels aren’t usually my thing, so it will be interesting to see how I get along with it.
The Kabul Beauty School – Deborah Rodriguez
I’ve already read the other book in this little series, The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul. I absolutely loved that one, and I’m hoping to love this just as much. This follows the lives of four women, Debbie, Mina, Roshanna, and Nahida, who are all part of a fledgling beauty school in war-torn Kabul, and the book explores their stories they have to tell, and what the future holds. A feel-good book with a raw element of reality.
Almost English – Charlotte Mendelson
Both this and the next one are not books which I’d usually go for. This novel follows Marina, who lives with her fragile mother and 3 elderly Hungarian relatives. Feeling crushed in the house in which she lives, she decides that boarding school is her only option. She gets there, only to find that instead of feeling free, she feels even more trapped, not fitting in at all. Should be an interesting read.
The Rabbit Back Literature Society – Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen
This is the weirdest of the bunch. I have to admit, I was drawn to it by the cover design – snowy and sparkly. The Society is for elites only, those who are particularly gifted. But when Ella is admitted to the Society, it is not long before she starts to notice certain oddities within it. And things just get weirder from there. This is one which I’m not sure about, but I find that books are always worth a try.