Even though I am a purist ‘real book’ reader, I go through phases. Actual book or e-book? Screen tap or spine bend? Although I have always — and forever will be — in love with the smell, the feel, the aesthetics of an actual novel, sometimes I have to admit that a Kindle is simply so much easier. I hope I’m not the only one?
Thanks to my recent trips to France, and my upcoming trip to Italy, I’ve been stocking up my e-reader for quiet minutes on the plane, or lazy hours by the pool. At the start of this month, Amazon did a great five-day sale to celebrate Kindle’s anniversary. There were some pretty high-profile novels on offer, and I was quick to snap them up.
But I can never resist the allure or aroma of a new book. So here’s the shiny new titles I’ve placed on my bookshelf for this month, and the few electronic versions that have surfaced on my Kindle screen.
1. Lonely Planet: the World
I first came across this teal tome in Waterstones and loved it. It’s a condensed travel guide to — you guessed it — the whole world, and is totally perfect for creating my 2016 bucket list. With 700 stunning photographs of the planet’s most extraordinary cities and natural wonders, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more comprehensive holiday handbook. I can’t wait to ‘page flip’ to decide on my next destination.
2. Me Before You, Jojo Moyes
To be honest, I’m not the sort of person who really keeps up-to-date with chick-lit or romantic novels. I am, however, the sort of person who unashamedly reads the Daily Mail website… That’s how I found out about the upcoming film adaptation of Moyes’ novel, starring Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Sam Claflin (Hunger Games). The book‘s blurb promises I’m going to end up in tears; knowing how emotionless I am we’ll see if this is true… I’ll keep you in the loop.
3. Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James
Yes, I know… Several years and an English Literature degree later, I’ve caved in to public pressure and read the most controversial novel of the past decade. And I’m pretty ashamed to admit that I devoured it in just a few sittings. Although the prose is horrendously unimaginative, there is no lack of pace in the story: you’re desperate to discover what happens to the meek Anastasia and her frankly creepy lover Christian. Having said that, I won’t be rushing off to buy the sequel…
4. How to Be a Woman, Caitlin Moran
I know what you’re thinking: how can this girl go from Fifty Shades to feminism in five minutes?! I was recommended Moran’s book by a friend who’s just as interested in gender equality as I am, and I’m so curious to start reading it. I’m amazed at how proactive and passionate more women are becoming about feminism nowadays. From He for She, to forefront females like Moran, Taylor Swift and Amy Schumer, pop culture coverage like this is helping change the way women are perceived. Which can only be a good thing. (N.B. I bought this second-hand through the reliable World of Books on Amazon, making it just 1p plus packaging).
5. Edinburgh: 40 town and country walks, Kerry Nelson
Part of the cute and compact Pocket Mountains series, I owe this bookshelf addition to my fabulous wanderlusting friend Zoe! She’s been based in Edinburgh most of her life, and knew this would be an ideal guidebook for my upcoming move to the capital. I’ve already had a flick through its pages and it’s made me so excited to explore the city, hills and canals nearby! I can see this tiny tome getting tattered after a few weeks of east coast adventures. Roll on October!
What books are on your reading list this month?