Books

On My Bookshelf – December Reads

November 25, 2019

In case you haven’t guessed already. I like to read a lot. A few weeks ago I read three books in one week. I like picking a cosy coffee shop or pub at the weekend and spend a few hours (or more) reading. Sometimes I read on my lunch break or before bed too. These are a few books I have on my bookshelf to last me for the rest of the year.

Zadie Smith – On Beauty

I’ve wanted to read some of Zadie Smith’s books for a while. On Beauty is about a pair of feuding families. It explores what life does to love. I’m guessing it also talks about family life.

Jean Hannah Edelstein – This Really Isn’t About You

This is a memoir about the author’s decision to return home after she receives news of her father’s terminal illness. I can imagine this one is going to be really quite heartbreaking. If it’s a tearjerker it’s probably not one I will read in public!

Kevin Kwan – Crazy Rich Asians

I know a film has come out about this book but I’ve not seen that yet. This is a romantic comedy novel loosely based on Kwan’s own experiences. I think this’ll be a nice read over the festive period to get all the feels.

Holly Bourne – The Places I’ve Cried In Public

After reading and loving How Do You Like Me Now? I thought I’d pick up another book by Holly Bourne. This one is more a teenage fiction book about toxic relationships. I’m hoping I’ll still enjoy it, even though I’m a little bit over the intended age range.

Click to read my review of Holly Bourne’s How Do You Like Me Now?

Emilie Pine – Notes to Self

I’ve had this sitting on my wish list for ages and finally decided to take the plunge. This brings together six essays reflecting aspects of being a woman today. It’s taken from the author’s own experiences and talks about family relationships and her own infertility. So excited to read this.

[Edit: read it – loved it. Read my review of Emilie Pine’s Notes to Self]

Tayari Jones – An American Marriage

This is another that has been sitting on my wish list. This explores the effects of a miscarriage of justice on a young African-American’s marriage. It’s narrated by Celestial and Roy and their close friend Andre, and I think this writing style coupled with the story line will make for a really interesting read.

Have you read any of the books on my list? What did you think of them?

Holly Bourne The Places I’ve Cried in Public
Tayari Jones An American Marriage
Jean Hannah Edelstein This Really Isn’t About You
Kevin Kwan Crazy Rich Asians
Zadie Smith On Beauty
Emilie Pine Notes to Self
Holly Bourne The Places I’ve Cried in Public
Tayari Jones An American Marriage
Jean Hannah Edelstein This Really Isn’t About You
Kevin Kwan Crazy Rich Asians
Zadie Smith On Beauty
Emilie Pine Notes to Self
Holly Bourne The Places I’ve Cried in Public
Tayari Jones An American Marriage
Jean Hannah Edelstein This Really Isn’t About You
Kevin Kwan Crazy Rich Asians
Zadie Smith On Beauty
Emilie Pine Notes to Self

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