Being at university obviously means a lot of reading to do, especially modules that include Creative Writing and Theatre Studies. On average in each module we’re looking at a different play every two weeks (across four modules that’s two plays every week – pretty hard going). However, I still continue to buy ‘fun’ books throughout the year to save for my summer reading list. Sadly, this summer it took a long time to recover from my studies and so a lot of these books are still sat waiting on my shelf. Here are the five I was most looking forward to enjoying but that will probably have to wait until next summer.
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (Gregory Maguire)
Maguire is probably best known for his novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, his own prequel to The Wizard of Oz. While i enjoyed this book I didn’t rush out to read his sequels Son of a Witch and A Lion Among Men. I’m still not sure how I feel about authors taking other authors’ characters and writing their own stories with them, but his take on the Cinderella fairy tale intrigued me. Like many of my books this one was a charity shop find so I don’t feel too bad about leaving it on the shelf a little longer than usual.
Sovay (Celia Rees)
Though a teenage author, Rees is one of my favourite storytellers and I always get completely drawn into her novels. Set historically, they are always well informed and I always feel I have learned a little something with every book. The first of hers I read (and still probably my favourite) is Witch Child, a ‘diary’ written by a young girl accused of witchcraft in Puritan America. She also wrote a follow on to this, Sorceress, set in modern day but told largely through flashbacks and visions. Sovay is all about a highwayman and I’m itching to get my hands on it and experience another thrilling historical adventure.
A Tiny Bit Marvellous (Dawn French)
I always been a fan on Dawn French on the television, but am yet to experience her writing skills. I was working in a book shop when this particular title was released but couldn’t bring myself to part with so much money for the hard back version (I rarely can). Thankfully this was again in a charity shop (there are several on my road that always have a great selection of books) so I snapped it up and added it to my pile. My mum had good things to say about it so I hope I’m not disappointed.
The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters (Gordon Dahlquist)
Honestly, I know nothing about this book! I don’t think I even read the blurb when I found this – you guessed it – in my local charity shop. I am absolutely terrible in that I always judge a book by its cover. Apart from the title, which is pretty hard to ignore as far as I’m concerned, this book just leapt out at me and I had to have it. I’m excited to dive into a book I know literally nothing about.
Porno (Irvine Welsh)
This is one of those books I feel I should read because it’s such a cult classic. I tried (and failed) to read Trainspotting but just could not get past the phonetic spelling. I’m intrigued with this one but not desperate to read it s probably have been putting it off, however unintentionally. I feel I should make it through at least one of Welsh’s novels, else how can I call myself a writer?! Sadly, though I am determined I feel this one will keep slipping to the bottom of the pile. One day though…
Which books are your ‘to read’ pile at the moment? Any recommendations I can add to mine?