Summer Reading (and an iPhone)

Now that my exams have finished and I’ve got a potentiallyPhoto 21-05-2015 09 12 27 infinite stretch of time before me until I’m able to land a graduate job, I can finally get back to reading things that aren’t philosophy related in some shape or form.

Also, I got an iPhone on Tuesday, so from now on my posts will be brought to you with photos that don’t look like forgotten CCTV footage (shout out to my little Samsung who tried his absolute hardest for two years and will be missed dearly. Sort of.)

So, yes. Books! I treated myself to a trip to Waterstone’s yesterday to pick up something new. Throughout the morning I also bought dusters, polish, floor wipes and hair bands, so I figured I deserved something extra that isn’t incredibly dull to blog about. I spent about 45 minutes perusing the shelves, ready to spend a good twenty quid on an armful of books before I eventually found the newest Marian Keyes on half price.

Photo 21-05-2015 09 14 58The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes 

I’m not going to lie, it was the half price that drew me to this one (it was 4 quid instead of 8, in case you’re wondering), but I’ve read a couple of Marian’s books before and I absolutely love them. Do you ever get the feeling a book is just really cosy? Does that make sense? That’s how I feel when I’m reading a Marian Keyes. Her characters and stories are hilariously witty, really heartfelt and just all-round lovely. So, cosy. The Woman Who Stole My Life follows Stella, a married Dublin mum who’s just trying to do a good deed when she collides with a Range Rover and meets a handsome man who (I assume) is going to turn her life upside down. I can’t wait to read this, and I’ll let you know what I think when I’m done!

However, I’ve got a couple of other books on the go at the moment (whoops) so it’ll have to wait for a while.

Photo 21-05-2015 09 15 10Us by David Nicholls

I’ve made a piss poor attempt to read this, if we’re being honest. I received the hardback as a Christmas present and, after reading The Understudy in just over a day (I never actually reviewed that but I posted about it on my Instagram here if you want to have a little nose at the comments) thought I’d be zipping through this. I was v wrong. Apparently, life gets in the way a lot when you’re a finalist at university, and nearly 5 months later I’m barely a third in. It’s been with me to laundrettes, on train journeys and in spare moments when I’ve been trying to avoid my responsibilities. Us is the story of Douglas, a scientist; Connie, his artist wife and their son Albie. Connie announces one night that she doesn’t want to be with Douglas anymore – only a slight problem considering they’ve got a family holiday booked before Albie heads off to uni, which will take them all over Europe. Throughout the trip more details of Connie and Douglas’ relationship is revealed, and Douglas as a narrator has had me laughing out loud in public in some parts. It’s a really good book, I promise, and I hope I’ll get back into it sometime soon.

Photo 21-05-2015 09 14 52The Brightest Star In The Sky by Marian Keyes

Finally, here’s the book I’m properly reading at the moment. Excuse the coffee stains all over the cover, beggars can’t be choosers when they’re buying their books from charity shops. As I’ve said before, I love Marian Keyes, and this one’s been with me all this year as a book I Really Must Read. I took ‘Is Anybody Out There?’ on holiday to Spain last September and finished all 600-and-something pages of it by the pool in two days. It was so good. I’m getting really into this one too; won’t say anymore at the moment because I don’t really know much. But this is the current read.

There are plenty of other books I’m hoping to read over the summer – Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes looks absolutely brilliant, so I’ll be buying that next (I’ll let Amazon do the talking for this one. Click here to have a look.)

What are your summer reads for 2015?

Until next time,

Emma x

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