book recommendations

After a busy reading period over the summer, I've since been in quite the reading slump; hence the lack of a book round up for September! I don't know if it's the books I've been reading, the fact I'm busy at work or simply a combination of the two? But over September and October I managed to get through 4 books which I thought I'd share with you!

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen ★ ★ ★

Set in rural England in the early 19th Century, Pride & Prejudice follows the turbulent relationship between Elizabeth Bennett, the daughter of a country gentleman, and Fitzwilliam Darcy, a rich aristocratic landownder. They must overcome the titular sins of pride and prejudice in order to fall in love and marry.

We all know the story of Elizabeth and Mr Darcy, surely? The 2005 film with Keira Knightley and Matthew Mcfadyen is a favourite of mine, but until now I'd somehow never picked up the book. So considering that I know and love the story, it was disappointing when I actually found this a bit of a slog to read; classics are always a little harder to read given the language and writing style, my eyes glaze over a bit and I think that lead me to simply not wanting to pick the book up each night. For that reason, it took me the full month of September to get through. Despite this, I did still enjoy it; Austen is a marvel at characterisation and I found myself laughing, sighing and sympathizing with the characters.

Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid  ★ ★ ★ ★

In the midst of a family crisis one late evening, white blogger Alix Chamberlain calls her African American babysitter, Emira, asking her to take toddler Briar to the local market for distraction. There, the security guard accuses Emira of kidnapping Briar, and Alix's efforts to right the situation turn out to be good intentions selfishly mismanaged.

This had been on my list to pick up for some time, but when it was nominated for the Booker Prize it shot up to the top of my list. And boy am I glad it did because it had me gripped so much so that I finished it in only 2 days! It's a very current read, which I thought might be a bad thing, but it actually made it more readable. It's a disheartening yet not at all surprising story, which gives an insight into how white people, however well-intentioned, can get it so so wrong by just not listening to Black people/POC, their experiences and their needs. I cringed at multiple parts of the story, but the characterisation was really well done and the relationship between Emira and Briar was just wonderful.

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman  ★ ★ ★

It's the summer of 1983 and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who's working as an intern for Elio's father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of their surroundings, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.

I don't know why, after I loved the 2017 film so much (hello, it's Timothee Chalamet, of course I loved it), it has taken me this long to get around to reading the book! But I picked this up alongside the sequel Find Me on Depop for a mere £7 and I am very happy about that. Acimans writing is so poetically beautiful, wholly intoxicating and utterly all-consuming. If you've ever had a 'right-person, wrong-time' moment then this book will break your heart in the best way. It's not the classic romance trope of flirtation and angst before a happy ending, which is why it's a book that will stay with you for a long time. 

Find Me by Andre Aciman  ★ ★ ★

In this spellbinding exploration of the varieties of love, the author of the worldwide bestseller Call Me By Your Name revisits its complex and beguiling characters decades after their first meeting.

I must admit I had very low expectations for this book after seeing some of the reviews, but I was really pleasantly surprised. Seperated into 4 sections, Aciman revisits the most-loved characters from CMBYN and I must admit, as much as I was enjoying the plot/writing/characters, in the first section I was really annoyed with myself because it took me too long to work out who I was reading about!! The writing is equally as beautiful and poetic as the first book and with different explorations into love I found it such an uplifting, heart-warming read. If you're looking for a sequel all about Elio and Olivers relationship then this isn't it, but if you loved the characters I would absolutely recommend.

What have you been reading recently?

Loves. Emma.

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