If you’ve been on my blog for a while, you’ll remember a post I did at the start of last year where I wrote about the books that had the greatest impact on me in 2016. Well, in a shocking turn of events, I’m gonna share with you some of my tops reads of 2017. How exciting!
You may have noticed that it’s been rather quiet around these parts, which is mainly attributed to me starting uni. I’m having a great time, learning a lot, but still slightly struggling with that work/life/uni/blog balance. This is a process though, a journey, and with a couple of events coming up and post ideas up my sleeve, hopefully I’ll be more active on here soon.
Part of doing a Creative Writing degree involves — surprise surprise — a lot of reading. Some for my course, but mostly recreational to get the creative juices flowing. As a result, I have been buying a lot more books than usual in the past month or so. In fact, I have purchased 11 books in the past 7 weeks alone. Holy moly! But I love that I now have an excuse to make more time for reading — and I’d love to share with you some of the absolute gems I’ve been accumulating.
Is it too late to write posts about 2016? I mean, it’s still January, so…
I really wanted to do a post about the books that stuck with me the most last year. In case you’ve been keeping up in any capacity, at the start of 2016, I gave myself a goal to read 15 books in 2016 through the Goodreads Reading Challenge, and suffice to say, I did it! Just over a book a month may seem miniscule to some, but I think I can count on one hand the amount of books I read in 2015 (if that), so it feels nice that I went out of my way to make it happen. I used to devour books as a teen, but in the age of YouTube and Netflix, it often feels so much easier to opt for visual stimulation than picking up a book… especially when you can scroll through social media while you catch up on your favourite show.
Anyone who reads my blog or knows me in real life probably knows that I’m obsessed with Gilmore Girls. So when I found out that one of the stars, Lauren Graham, published a book a few years ago, there’s no way I wasn’t going to pick up and have a read. I also heard on the grapevine that Lauren Graham is releasing a memoir at the end of November, which I’ll definitely be picking up when it comes out.
Someday, Someday, Maybe is Graham’s debut novel, based on a fictionalisation of her experiences as an actress in the New York in the mid-90s. Franny is an exasperated actress with just six months left on the deadline she set herself three years ago. However, all she has under her belt are commercials for laundry detergent and ugly Christmas sweaters, and a fruitless waitressing job.