Recent Reads #1

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I use the phrase 'recent' loosely in this post as I've been crazy busy lately and haven't really had the time to read for pleasure (damn you, literature degree) since the summer break, so most of these reads will be from then. Feel free to let me know if you've read any of these books and if you enjoyed them, or give me some recommendations of books that you've loved recently!

The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

I'd been wanting to read The Book Thief for a good few months before finally picking up my copy, daunted by its size, and reading the first page. Without sounding too cliche, I was HOOKED from the very start. This book brought me out of the reading drought I'd been suffering from due to too many bad books and too little time, and boy, did it bring me out good. The Book Thief is narrated by Death in Nazi Germany, but don't let either of these facts get you down. Death describes the experiences of a young girl called Liesel and her relationship with her foster family during World War II. They take in a young Jewish man to save him from being taken to a concentration camp, and that's where a lot of the book's tensions come from. Despite its dark subject material, it's a gorgeous read and it's stayed with me ever since. If I could erase one book from my mind so I could experience it all over again, it would be this one. 

Joyland - Stephen King

Written by Stephen King, Joyland is a brilliant primer to his works as it's much lighter that stories like The Shining and It, and is written in a very casual style, similar to what you'd see in young adult literature. It wasn't what I was expecting at all, but I still loved every second of reading it. Joyland tells the story of Devin Jones, a young boy in love who goes to work at an amusement park, Joyland, over the summer break. However the story of a young girl murdered years before at the park haunts his experiences there and...well, I won't spoil the rest! It's a very tense read.

Good Omens - Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Time for something more upbeat now from two of my favourite authors, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. You'll probably recognise Pratchett's name as being attached to the massive Discworld series of books, and Gaiman has written tonnes of wonderful novels and graphic novels full of magic and the supernatural. A perfect writing team it would seem! And a perfect writing team it turns out to be. This book is absolutely HILARIOUS and had me cackling on public transport from its intelligent and witty humour. Good Omens is about the end of the world. That's pretty much all I can say on the matter, just pick up a copy and give it a go. It took me three days to read because I was so engrossed, and a few months later I just want to read it all over again. 

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