A great selection of fiction and non fiction in this round-up of Lucy’s February reading pile.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
I’m not a fan of very descriptive writing, so Where The Crawdads Sing didn’t grab me initially. But once the story got going – I devoured it. The narrative switches between 1950s and present day in the small town Barkley Cove, North Carolina. This book is comforting and disconcerting in equal measure. Part murder mystery, nature and coming of age; I’m yet to talk to someone, who hasn’t praised this utterly original debut. The film adaptation is due to be released next year, so grab a copy as soon as you can.100% worth the hype.
Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t by Steven Pressfield
As the title implies, this is a no-BS guide to becoming a better writer. Part memoir, part self help Steven Pressfield looks back on his varied writing career with wit, humour and gravitas imparting key lessons along the way. I know I will return to the book’s teachings time and time again.
People Like Her by Ellery Lloyd
A suspenseful page-turner that gives a unique perspective on social media and its use, inadvertently raising important questions on authenticity, integrity and relatability. You won’t want to miss this gripping modern thriller. Perfect for the Instagram age. To read my review in full, please click here.
The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
This story is a love letter to books about how they unite us and get us through even the darkest of days. Told from a variety of different perspectives, The Paris Library primarily follows the main character – Odile. The story flips between her life working for The American Library in wartime Paris and as a widowed war bride in 1980s Montana. Heartbreaking and moving – this is a tale of friendship, love and the devastation of the Second World War. I marvelled at how beautifully written this book is. Definitely my favourite read of the month.
Sabotage by Emma Gannon
After reading numerous apathetic reviews, I was pleasantly surprised by how much food for thought this book gave me. Well-researched and articulate, Gannon writes in an authoritative yet friendly tone. Packed with actionable tips and anecdotes, it never felt too ‘self-helpy’. I guarantee everyone will learn something new from this quick but informative read.