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Showing posts with label Go Set A Watchman - Harper Lee. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Go Set A Watchman - Harper Lee. Show all posts

Monday, 30 November 2015

The Christmas Reading Edit


Books, Great Christmas readsNever happy unless I have at least five books on the reading pile next to my bed - here's what I've been reading during the past couple of weeks...



The biographical one...

Spectacles - Sue Perkins

Spectacles, Sue PerkinsFeaturing an assortment of anecdotes and written with great warmth and humour, this is both honest and hilarious for a memoir. There's no topic off limits and Ms Perkins is brilliant at putting herself down and coming across as someone who would make an eccentric (but lovely) best friend. Funny, laugh out loud and one cringe-worthy moment so memorable... that you'll be grateful the book doesn't come with scratch-and-sniff. I loved the description of Pickle the Beagle as 'The only creature I've ever met that was as wilful, stubborn and downright odd as I am.' Expect Great British Bake Off gossip and revelations such as, 'Is Mary Berry real?' and 'What styling products does Paul Hollywood use on his hair?' Unassuming, honest, and if Ms Perkins ever makes an appearance at our local literary festival - I will be first in line for tickets.



The not so eagerly awaited one...

Go Set A Watchman - Harper Lee

Go Set A Watchman, Harper LeeOriginally I'd looked forward to the release of Go Set A Watchman, but after reading the reviews I decided against reading it on publication. The problem being that I loved To Kill A Mockingbird and didn't want anything to change my opinion of Atticus Finch...
Go Set A Watchman is a much less likable read than To Kill A Mockingbird. It tells the story of Jean Louise (Scout) returning to her home town of Maycomb to find that everything she believes in has changed. Atticus, now 72, is portrayed as a racist and the book is ultimately a coming of age tale about a daughter realising that she has (wrongly) looked up to her father, and rebelling against his beliefs via civil rights. The heroine of this book is undoubtedly, Jean Louise (Scout). For me, this was not a good read. That doesn't mean you shouldn't go ahead and read it for yourself though.




The rather eccentric (but brilliant) one...
Furiously Happy - Jenny Lawson


Furiously Happy, Jenny Lawson
I read Let's Pretend This Never Happened when it was released back in 2013 and concluded from the outset that Ms Lawson was eccentric, but brilliant. Having followed Jenny's angst via her blog (The Bloggess) while writing and promoting her second book, I looked forward to its publication in the UK. Furiously Happy is described as 'A funny book about horrible things.' Throughout, Jenny explores her lifelong battle with mental illness and writes about finding happiness in the unlikeliest of places. I especially loved the advice she gives to herself while recording the audiobook... 'Pretend you're good at it.' I suspect this is something we could all use. The second book does not disappoint... and for anyone who's a fan of The Bloggess, Ms Lawson is the queen of telling it like it is - expect multiple expletives and some unexpected laughs.



What's on your reading list at the moment? Do you have any recommendations you'd like to share?

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