These are just a few of my favourite reads that I've managed to squeeze in between University work over the last few months. I don't really have a favourite genre and at the same time I quite like mixing things up a little and reading out of my comfort zone. Hopefully this will be something I continue into next year too.
THE GREAT GATSBY by F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
+ This is a classic and I remember trying to read this once and giving up a little way through, but I can't remember why I gave up on it. I had a rough idea of the story but I wanted to read it close to watching the film to refresh my memory a little and I loved it. I also really like this old edition, it's been sat on my bookshelf for years and although it's looking very tatty around the edges, I like that it's almost got a life of its own now.
HOWL, KADDISH AND OTHER POEMS by ALLEN GINSBERG
+ I bought this not so long ago because I really wanted to see Kill Your Darlings at the cinema and I'm pretty intrigued by the whole beat generation in general. I'm the first to admit I'm not hugely into poetry but I found some recordings of Allen Ginsberg reading Howl over on youtube and I've been feeling pretty inspired by this book. I like dipping into it every now and again and I'm really happy to have it on my shelf.
COCO'S SECRET by NIAMH GREENE*
+ This was very kindly sent to me from Penguin Ireland and from the very first page I was completely and utterly hooked. The story is beautiful and Niamh Greene's writing is utterly wonderful, she even had me tearing up towards the end and that doesn't happen to me very often when reading a book. Such a sweet read and I have a full post all about it (with no spoilers!) here.
THE CASUAL VACANCY by J.K. ROWLING
+ This is a book I was pretty nervous to read at first because, well, Harry Potter was my childhood and I was crossing my fingers tightly that I would enjoy a novel by J. K. Rowling about something completely different. Turns out I shouldn't have worried because I loved it but I can totally see why this is a love/hate kind of novel. I wrote a
THE CUCKOO'S CALLING by ROBERT GALBRAITH
+ This is J.K. Rowling writing under a pseudonym and I knew this when I bought it, but I tried to read it as if it were by Robert Galbraith, an author I knew nothing about. The relationships between the characters is one of my favourite things about this novel and although I did figure out who-did-it (but only just before it's revealed!) I loved it from beginning to end. I like that this book isn't totally about who committed the crime, the characters and their complexities is a huge part of the story too. I hear that another Galbraith book should be published next year, which I'm pretty excited about!
THE SNOW CHILD by EOWYN IVEY
+ This is the last book I read this year, I'd been saving it for around Christmas time and it didn't disappoint, except for the very end maybe. It's a beautifully told story, with stunning descriptions of the locations and such sweet relationships between all of the characters. The ending fell a little short for me but this book was totally worth the read for the first 300 pages alone.
If you'd like me to do a full review post on any of the books that I haven't already, do let me know!
What was your favourite read of 2013?