For the past couple of months I’ve been reading a lot more than usual, which I’m loving. The only problem? I have a huge stack of books of which I’m smack bang in the middle of. They’re all pretty fabulous and worth a mention, so here are the books I’m currently reading – the ones I’m determined to spend some more time with and get them finished. (I can’t handle the cliffhangers any longer!)
Most recent in my TBR (to be read) pile is Phillipa Moore’s The Latte Years. I was kindly sent the audio book version from Audible and I’ve been listening to it over the past week The Latte Years is the biography of Phillipa as she finds herself in her twenties, unhealthy, unhappily married and lacking direction. She moves to Melbourne and launches her award-winning health and fitness blog, Skinny Latte, which documents her battle to shed the kilos and to battle against her self-deprecating unhealthy habits. It’s a memoir of self-discovery and empowerment and so far, I’m really enjoying it.
For any of you who follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I’ve had this short story collection by Ali Smith in my grasp for months! I have no idea why it’s taking me so long to get through it: I really love the writing style, the content and it’s only 150 pages long! Perhaps I’m trying to savour it and make it last longer. Either way, in this collection Ali Smith brings together 12 short stories about love – in all of its complexities, formations and expressions. Each story is written uniquely and differs from the one that came before it. If you’ve read any Ali Smith, you’ll know her writing is beautiful, sometimes confusing, but ultimately stunning.
I know why this book is taking me a long time to get through. It’s horrific.
I plan to do a stand-alone review for Eating Animals because the content is so important, harrowing and disturbing, it needs its own blog post. From the outset, Jonathan Safran Foer says he wanted to find out what meat is. It was as simple as that… but, of course, it wasn’t. He embarked on a journey across the US visiting family farms, factory farms and supermarkets to decipher how the meat we buy in the supermarket is produced. What he has found is truly confronting and I’m only a third of the way through the book. It’s really made me think about what I’m buying at my local grocery store and how we, as consumers, contribute to the system of undervaluing and torturing animals. If I wasn’t a vegetarian before starting this book, I definitely would be now.
This one is the April read for the Lillytales Bookish Club! If you’re not already joining in and you’d like to, I encourage you to head on over to the GoodReads or Facebook page to keep up to date with what we’re reading each month and, by all means, join us! I’ve started this book quite late in the month as I was waiting to get a copy from the library. I picked up both the audio book and the paperback so I can zoom through the read in the next week, ready for the online discussion which goes from the 1st of April – 4th. Me Before You is told from the perspective of a very lovable character Lou who finds herself unemployed in the midst of a recession. She somewhat reluctantly applies for a job as a carer with the well-to-do Traynor family. I’m only a few chapters in but so far I’m really enjoying the book! It’s quite funny, lighthearted and I think it’s going to have a really sweet story-line – a perfect book to have on hand when you’re reading Eating Animals or any other heavy non-fiction.
Tell me which books you’re currently reading in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you. Happy reading. x