What I’ve Been Reading | Week 8

Hello everyone! Welcome back to my weekly reading wrap up which I’ve now officially moved to Mondays. This week was a small one book-wise but I did face, battle and defeat the dreaded flu so I’m letting myself off easy!

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The Year I Met You by Cecelia Ahern

Jasmine’s life revolves around her job and her sister so when she finds herself jobless and stuck on garden leave for a year she doesn’t know what to do with herself.

The Year I Met You has a really interesting narrative style and genuinely compelling characters. I loved the focus and deep study of so many different relationships within one life and the profound differences in the impact they each make. As always Cecelia Ahern’s writing is fluid and beautiful and her characters so layered they feel remarkably real.

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Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour

Emi is finally finishing high high school and can focus on doing what she loves, set design for films. She’s talented, driven and has been given her brother’s apartment for the summer so long as she fulfils his one request: she must do something epic.

I literally just finished Everything Leads To You five minutes ago and I’ve already been struck down by every bookworm’s nemesis, the book hang-over. I adored every page, every character, every twist, every detail of this book and wish there were a thousand more pages. It was one of the first times I’ve ever read a YA book about a lesbian character that wasn’t doom, gloom and oh wow doesn’t coming out suck. Emi’s sexuality is handled perfectly and for the first time I could read about someone like me without feeling too aware of how we’re different. As a total lover of contemporary fiction I’ve always wanted a book that I could fully delve into without the awkward disconnect of ‘yes I’m sure he is dreamy but I just don’t care‘.

Emi’s relationships feel real, her passion almost tangible and her flaws realistic and relate-able. She’s talented but not perfect, gifted but still learning. The book handles tough themes with care and a soft touch, it’s never harsh or too painful but always resonates. It discusses privilege, race and class seamlessly.  I could go on and on forever but I’d hate to spoil it so I’ll leave it at this: this is one of my favourite books I’ve ever read.

What have you been reading? Let me know!

Meg

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Mouse

Writing used to be my absolute favourite thing to do.

As a kid I spent hours in my room writing stories about fairies and mermaids. As a teenager I spent every class secretly writing stories about silly love triangles and disastrous dates. I loved it, I pestered friends and family to give their critiques of my “latest story” and begged shamelessly for a laptop for my 15th birthday so I could write in coffee shops like real authors do. I would dress how I thought an author would, sip from a mug larger than my face and listen to Demi Lovato too loudly through my headphones. I always ordered hot chocolate and pretended it was coffee but it did the trick.

Once I got to college all writing time had to be sacrificed to work and assignments and trying to cram in a couple of hours of sleep. I worked way too much and way too late and quickly abandoned writing my little stories. After a while I felt like I’d completely forgotten how and I was so scared I’d never get it back. The fear lasted a year or two before I started writing reviews and articles and discussion pieces. They filled the tiny void in my heart for a while but I still missed writing stories. I missed my characters and my make-believe settings.

So, in the words of my queen, Demi Lovato, here we go again. I’m jumping back in and reclaiming what used to be my favourite thing. I don’t want to be afraid of something I love anymore so it may not be good or even comprehensible but I will write! This time around I’ll dress like me, drink actual coffee and listen to… still Demi Lovato. Some things never change.

The project I’m working on is called Mouse and I’m really very excited about it. The prologue is up now my WattPad so you can read it here if you want. I’ll be updating now and then so follow if you feel like it!

Meg

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