Reading Is Dangerous
Illustration for the essay "Clunkers" by James McWilliams in the Sunday NY Times Book Review. Thanks to ADs Rex Bonomelli and Nicholas Blechman!
How about Summer Sisters by Judy Blume?
I really enjoyed Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None; Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca; Mary Horlock’s The Book of Lies; Diane Setterfield’s The Thirteenth Tale; Rosamund Lupton’s Sister and Afterwards; S.J. Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep.
I’m hoping to read Donna Tartt’s The Secret History this month!
I do, actually! I’ve been mostly making a list of First World War young adult and children’s novels to post next month for the centenary (and because they’re harder to find).
Stay Where You Are and Then Leave*
War Girls* (and you can read my interview with one of the authors here)
Without Warning: Ellen’s Story, 1914-1918
Code Name Verity*
Rose Under Fire
Between Shades of Gray*
The Complete Maus*
The Book of Lies*
The Book Thief*
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Girl With a White Dog
Fly Away Home
That Burning Summer
Cross My Heart
The Things We Did for Love
Prisoner of Night and Fog
So yes, mostly YA though. I haven’t read them all, just the ones with an asterisk – the others are on my ‘to read’ list or ‘wishlist’!
And these are neither, but they’re brilliant historical non-fiction: Stasiland and Nothing to Envy. You can see reviews of historical books I’ve read here.
And thank you! :)
edit: Here’s others that I’ve bee sent messages about:
A Woman in Berlin, I Will Bear Witness, Fatelessness, Jakob the Liar, Every Man Dies Alone, Fear and Misery in the Third Reich, Eichmann in Jerusalem, The Tin Drum, Number the Stars, and For Freedom.
If you’ve ever read or written fanfiction (I haven’t) or have been part of an online fan community or fansite (I have), you’ll likely enjoy Fangirl. I wrote a review of it here – it was one of the most enjoyable to write!
I love eBooks! I’ve had a Kindle for over three years now and even though I ‘prefer’ physical books (unsurprisingly, since this is called Pretty Books!), I love reading eBooks. I commute to work and so I much prefer taking my Kindle with me. I enjoy the fact that I can read with gloves on in the winter and eat my lunch and read at the same time. I also find that I read much faster! It probably doesn’t do my bookshelves any harm either… They’re full as it is! I also have an e-ink reader rather than a tablet, which is much nicer to read on, I think.
My latest read, it blew my mind.
(by anna gawlak)
#BookADayUK / I pretend to have read it.
Now, I actually never pretend to have read a book when I haven’t. But sometimes, when I’m around English Literature graduates, I just nod and smile politely when they talk about the books and poetry they studied because I took Sociology and therefore often have no idea what they’re talking about!