Reading used to be an enjoyable hobby for me which I never had to think about setting time aside for. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case, life is super busy which explains why the content has slowed down so much on my blog. Whilst the content may not be as frequent as I like (I am working on this), I am active over in Instagram and Twitter if you would like to follow me there also; it would be lovely to chat to you! Over the last few months I have not set myself an unrealistic target in terms of reading, I have however focused on reading a little bit each night when I can in order to make my way t through the somewhat never-ending pile of books in the house. I’m getting there and have already picked out the next three on my list to read. When I’m done then nine times out of ten the books head off to the charity shop as I really have very little room to store them at home.
In the latest instalment of my Bookshelf series, I have three new books to share with you that I have finally made my way through. Therefore, I’m going to share with you my overall thoughts on them, without I hope giving too much of them away as I would hate to spoil the story for anybody who is interested in reading them.
Stephen King – The Shining
If ever there was a prize for the book which had sat on my bookshelf the longest having not been read then it would be The Shining by Stephen King. I tried to read this back in 2012 when I first started university. I failed miserably, as in truth I got scared and didn’t want to continue to read it whilst I was living alone. What a wuss. Fast forward on a good few years later I finally decided to give it another go and can happily say that I made it through it in one piece. Looking back, The Shining by Stephen King has scary connotations associated with it, however having now read it I can honestly say that it was not a scary read. It was however odd, perhaps even to be described as creepy and disturbing in parts. I haven’t yet seen the film adaptation with Jack Nicholson in, although I am told that he plays an absolutely incredible part as Jack Torrance.
The book follows the story of a caretaker and his family who move for work purposes to a hotel in the middle of nowhere. The hotel has somewhat of a sinister past which unknowingly to Jack Torrance is observed and experienced by his five year old son. It is a book I would recommend, although if I am completely honest with you I wasn’t as blown away by it as I thought I would be.
Gail Honeyman – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
There is no denying it. I picked up Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine as I was seeing it all over social media and I wanted to be in on it too. I wanted to see what all of the fuss was about and I am so glad that I picked it up. The story follows Eleanor and her life and how she handles a number of situations when struggling with social skills and a troubled past. It is a heart-warming book and in truth there were parts of the story which whilst I could not relate to the exact situation, I felt as though I understood and could relate to her and how she acted at times. I have read that this is being made into a film and I am so glad that I have had the chance to ready the book beforehand.
Cupcake Brown – A Piece of Cake
The last book I have read, in fact, I finished this just yesterday was A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown. It is a true story of a girl named Cupcake who is exposed to drugs, alcohol and sex at an incredibly young age. It is a story of heartbreak, despair and also determination and I would urge anybody to read it if they have the chance. At times I wondered if she would turn her life around, she overcomes a great number of obstacles at a tender age and ultimately finds herself at a cross roads between drugs or recovery. It is a must read.
As I mentioned, I have already picked out my next few reads, the first one being More Than This by Patrick Ness which I will be keeping progress on via Goodreads.
I would love to hear if you have any recommendations for me, please do leave them in the comments below.