Yet another post of me ranting about books I love. One of the benefits of lockdown was the time I had to discover new books and authors, all of whom I am now obsessed with, especially some of the many amazing female led stories taking over the literary scene. If you weren’t very interested in some of the older novels in my previous posts, then these are perhaps more up your street. So, without further ado, here are some of my favourite reads of 2020 so far.
Daisy Jones and The Six
Oh my gosh this book is so good. It was one of the first books in so long that I finished in a couple of days not because I had to read it before my next seminar but because I was completely infatuated with it.
Set between 1965- 1979, the book perfectly encapsulates the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll reputation of the era. Taylor Jenkins Reid forms a reality so vivid you will believe it is real; it takes the form of many interviews with the different people involved in the making of the world’s greatest fictional rock band, ‘Daisy Jones and The Six’. The characters, their relationships, their music; I was left with a void, desperately wishing this band existed. The good news is, a television show is currently in development- get excited.
I honestly cannot recommend it enough- trust me, if you read it, you will not regret it.
Over lockdown I got very into Reese Witherspoon’s book club and it hasn’t failed me yet. Having read nothing but historical classics and post-modern weirdness for the past 3 years, I really enjoyed having some time reading something much easier to understand.
This book follows a woman who reaches the age of 45 and everything in her life shifts when her mum dies and she becomes pregnant, forcing her to evaluate her past and change the future she had meticulously planned. It is definitely a page turner- the perfect book for a cosy day inside.
I’m beginning to think that maybe I’m the problem because it took me a while to get into this book, something that seems to happen more than occasionally. In the beginning it seems to be about a difficult breakup but it becomes a lot more than that; it details casual racism, trauma and a need for and the importance of self-empowerment. Queenie’s completely honest account of her life makes her such an endearing literary character and also makes this book an incredibly important one to read.
Big Little Lies
I am late to the party with this one. I watched the tv show when it came out a few years ago and was completely obsessed-if you haven’t guessed by now, I am a firm believer that Reese Witherspoon is an absolute genius so of course she nails this role. However, I never felt the need to read the book until researching dissertation topics led me to it and I am so glad.
It is such a strong female led story giving multiple perspectives of the same tale, conveying the importance of empathy and remembering you never know what happens behind closed doors. If you haven’t read or watched, please add it to both lists- it is the most bingeable book and show.