For the Love of Reading

Kindle case c/o Not on the High Street
I'm lucky that even working full time I still get a chance to read. I read on the train in the morning on the way to work, I read at the station and then I read on the train home. It's one of those little things that I really take pleasure in. An escape. And lately, I've been reading more than ever. Around Christmas I took up the challenge of reading War and Peace, which took me almost three months (!) and since finishing it last month I've been eating up every book I can get my hands on. I've recently read Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Froer, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick.
I'm currently reading The Descendents by Kaui Hart Hemmings. (I promise I don't always read books that have recently been made into films!) I would also recommend each and every one of these books- I've been on a good book streak lately!
I've mentioned before how much I love my kindle. I love carrying it in my bag all the time and with the speed I've been getting through books lately (I've read almost 4 books in 2 weeks), I love that I can just download a new book when I need to. I also love my new kindle case from Not on the High Street. Dracula is one of my favourite books so I knew this was the perfect case for me (plus I like a kindle case that offers protection). It also came with a light which is great as I have the Kindle 4. All the cases are handmade by Manor Binery and you get a little note telling you who made your case! They're a book binding company who have embraced new technology by making Kindle cases. How cool is that?
I'm always looking for new books to read and I get incredibly excited when I'm reading a book that I enjoy. After studying English at university I read a lot of books I didn't enjoy in four years of literature so it's so exciting and liberating to be able to read whatever I want. I've always looking for new book recommendations and exploring classic books that I've always wanted to read. I'm very active on Goodreads and you can find all my favourite books on there.
So tell me, what should I read next? I've recently been enjoying contemporary novels about troubled characters and family relationships in the modern day society (I read Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections before Christmas and just loved it). I also love American fiction from the 80s and 90s (I wrote my American Studies dissertation on American Psycho and my favourite book is Chuck Palahniuk's Invisible Monsters) and Victorian classics (my other favourite book, and topic of my English dissertation is The Picture of Dorian Gray). I also have a shelf on Goodreads of my favourite books.
So what are your favourite books? (If they're available on Kindle. even better! I'm currently trying to scout out ebook versions of Bonfire of the Vanities and Mysterious Skin to no avail. If you know where I might find them, let me know!)

Charlotte x


  1. I ised to such an avid reader that I got labeled a book worm, but now not so much but reading this has made me want to get back into it. I started reading Double Trouble by Deborah Cook round January and I'm still reading it. I just need to find time to get imto it again. I've added u on Goodreads to hopefully motivate me. I'm into crime thrillers, romance and fantasy so if you ever branch into that genre then I recommend the Alex Cross and Micheal Bennet series by James Patterson.


    p.s very cool case.

  2. I read loads - I've read 30 books this year so far. I still haven't read War and Peace, I'd like to as I loved Anna Karenina. I read Farenheit 451 last year and thought it was amazing - I've since read a few other Ray Bradbury books and would highly recommend them, he is one of my new favourite writers. I've just read The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling which I really enjoyed.

    Some of my faves are all the Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, would recommend those.

  3. Hi Charlotte, I don't know if you are into history/biography/historical fiction, but some of my faves recently have been Hilary Mantel's Thomas Cromwell books, Andre Agassi's Open, Philippa Gregory's Cousins' War series, and Caitlin Moran's How To Be A Woman. And in the 'self-improvement' category I loved 168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam, and Rushing Women's Syndrome by Libby Weaver. No idea if they'd appeal to you, but they're the kind of books that I just will not shut up about when I'm reading them . . :)


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