Recent Reads

As I mentioned in this post, I have read some great books over the last couple of months. Some fiction and non-fiction, just to have a bit of variety and mixing it up a little. For me, picking up a book is always an opportunity to wind down and be away from a screen. It has similar effects as yoga, being in the moment and thinking of nothing else. So if your pile of unread books is a bit smaller than mine or you’re just looking for a good one to read next, here are some great ones.

Just Kids – Patti Smith

A brilliant book! Absolutely loved every single page and wish I had more of it. It’s the story of the rise of Patti Smith and her relationship with artist and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Set in New York in the 70’s it just made me want to go back in time and live in another decade. Her story is so fascinating and their relationship is unique.

Notes On A Nervous Planet – Matt Haig

I have read this one after reading his poem in the September issue. I had heard quite a bit about Matt Haig before and listened to an interesting podcast episode with him. The book was amazing and I recommend it to everyone dealing with anxiety and the world of social media. I could relate so much throughout the whole book.

Calypso – David Sedaris

One of the funniest, if not THE funniest book I’ve ever read. I laughed so much and it was at times quite embarrassing in the tube. He has such good humor and the way he talks about his family and his life is funny but can also be quite heart wrenching. After hearing so much about Sedaris from The High Low, I now totally get why he gets so much praise.

Expectation – Anna Hope

I saw this one everywhere lately and didn’t give it much thought until Sandrine told me it was set in East London. I immediately picked it up and read half of it in one evening babysitting. Not much happens but the way it is written about life and the different struggles three women have in their lives is so beautiful and shows that even though unexpected things always happen in life it is about making the most of it and carrying on.

One Day – David Nicholls

This one is definitely a modern classic. No matter what charity shop you go to, there’s at least one copy of it sitting on the shelves. I watched the movie numerous times and could rewatch it a million times and the book is as beautiful and heartbreaking as the movie. I loved it and think that it is great read whenever you have no idea what you feel like reading next.

Find Me – André Aciman

This is the sequel of Call Me By Your Name, a book I can’t stop thinking about. The way the author writes is magical and unlike anything else you will pick up. I have to admit though, that I don‘t think that a sequel was necessary, whilst the book is still beautiful and worth reading, I don‘t see it as the next chapter of their lives.