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Saturday, 30 November 2013

On My To-Read Pile & Bloggers' Book Swap

My current 'to-read' pile.

A couple of months ago now the lovely Rosie had the excellent idea of setting up a bloggers' book swap; she paired us all up and the plan was to send the other person two books that you've read and loved, to try out the other person's books and talk about them. As I've written only about a million times on here I absolutely adore reading. It's become something that I can't go a day without doing, not having a book on the go just feels wrong. So I was very excited to sign up for this and try it out.

I was paired up with Lianna and received my books from her yesterday, along with an adorable card. We've been emailing back and forth and I'm hoping that she'll love the books I sent her as much as I did when I read them. I sometimes wish that I could erase reading some of my favourite books from my memory, to be able to go back and read them in the same way I did for the first time, because you never get that same feeling again with the excitement of being completely immersed in a book for the first time. Anyway, not the point, on with the actual point of this post..

Lianna sent me One Day and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I actually read One Day a couple of years ago now and I loved it, so at least I know that Lianna and I probably have a similar taste in books because although so many people loved One Day, I know many others who didn't understand what the big deal was, and I couldn't put it down when I was reading it.

In case you're interested, here's the blurb of One Day by David Nicholls. "You can live your whole life not realising that what you're looking for is right in front of you. 15th July 1988. Emma and Dexter meet on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows?"

I thought Nicholls wrote brilliantly in this book; it is heartbreaking and witty and wonderful. Interestingly (well I think it is!), I tried to read The Understudy, also by David Nicholls, not so long ago and I found it really difficult to get into and gave up after a while. Has anyone else read it? Maybe his best is in One Day. I would definitely recommend One Day, the film adaptation is nothing compared to the book although I did enjoy it as well.

I've never read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson but like most people, I have heard tons about it. From what I've seen of it it sounds like an extremely interesting story and I can't wait to give it a try. Here's the blurb. "Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden's wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption." 

These are the other books on my pile at the moment. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro was given to my mum as a birthday present by one of her best friends. He told me it's his favourite book ever and that we both absolutely must read it and I've again heard so much about it that I'm looking forward to giving it a try myself. "In one of the most acclaimed novels of recent years, Kazuo Ishiguro imagines the lives of a group of students growing up in a darkly skewed version of contemporary England. Narrated by Kathy, now thirty-one, Never Let Me Go dramatises her attempts to come to terms with her childhood at the seemingly idyllic Hailsham School and with the fate that has always awaited her and her closest friends in the wider world. A story of love, friendship and memory, Never Let Me Go is charged throughout with a sense of the fragility of life." 

It seems like everyone and their dog has read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, quite honestly I don't know how I've got away with not reading it sooner. The film adaptation is coming out soon I believe and, as always, I refuse to see the film before reading the book so I thought it was time to hurry up and read it! I haven't yet but from what I have heard I have no doubt I will fall in love with this book as much as everyone else has. "You are going to die. 1939. Nazi Germany. The Country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall."

I might be absent over the next couple of weeks because I have mock exams and am busy busy busy as usual in the run up to Christmas, but I'll hopefully be back to normal very soon.

So there you have it. What have you been reading lately? I hope you all have a lovely weekend!


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