Sunday, 9 March 2014

Five Influential Reads

Recently I've seen a similar tag floating around in the booktube community, so I started to ponder which books have influenced my life. Here are just a few:

Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
This book is full of adventure and inspired within me a desire to see the world.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The first book I remember buying with my own money. I first read this at aged nine and have reread it time and time again. Jane Eyre has shown me why classics are so beloved, as well as introducing me to Gothic fiction.

Oleanna by David Mamet
An assigned read in my English Literature course. Oleanna allowed me to consider the importance of education in society as well as in my personal life.

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Through Mitch's memories of Morrie, I realised truly how much one person can inspire a generation. 

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
This was another assigned read and I studied it alongside Jane Eyre. Wide Sargasso Sea has deeply influenced my views on the treatment of women and mental health, both past and present.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

March TBR

February was such an awful reading month for me - I had one distraction after another! So, this month I decided to implement a TBR to try to keep on track.

City of Glass
 by Cassandra Clare

The third book in The Mortal Instruments series. I started reading the series a few years back but never carried on past City of Ashes (I think I was in a bit of a reading slump). Really enjoyed the first two books so decided to finally continue on with the series. I'm already over halfway through and loving this so far!

The Geography of You and Me
 by Jennifer E Smith

'A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith's new novel shows that the center of the world isn't necessarily a place. It can be a person, too'                                                                                 
I received this ARC  from the publishers through netgalley. This is my first time reading anything by this author and I'm just eating it up! There's such a lovely flow to her writing. I will definitely be posting a review nearer to the book's release date in April.

The Help
by Kathryn Stockett

'In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't'

This is a reread for me.  I recently joined a book club in my local area and was told this would be March's book. I was delighted! Really looking forward to seeing if I still love this as much as last time. 

by Curtis Sittenfeld

'Lee Flora is an intelligent, observant fourteen-year-old when she leaves her family behind in Indiana to attend the prestigious Ault School in Massachusetts. Over the next four years, her experiences at Ault - complicated relationships with teachers, intense friendships with other girls, and all-consuming preoccupation with a classmate who is less than a boyfriend and more than a crush - coalesce into a singular portrait of the universal pains and thrills of adolescence.'

I loved American Wife and am slowly working through Sittenfeld's other novels - so naturally I ordered this, her debut, out of the library.

On Beauty 
by Zadie Smith

'Howard Belsey is an Englishman abroad, an academic teaching in Wellington, a college town in New England. Married young, thirty years later he is struggling to revive his love for his African American wife Kiki. Meanwhile, his three teenage children— Jerome, Zora and Levi—are each seeking the passions, ideals and commitments that will guide them through their own lives. '

I've heard many great things about Zadie Smith but have never read anything by her! I thought I'd better rectify that and this intrigued me, so I ordered it out with Prep. Hoping to get round to this one before the end of the month.

What are you reading in March?

As always, all synopses are from Goodreads unless otherwise stated.
Also, cover photos are now linked to The Book Depository as they offer worldwide free delivery.