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26.10.2018- On My Bookshelf #6

One of the few perks of the start of winter is being able to cosy up indoors with a selection of good reads. With the evenings drawing in and arrival of chillier temperatures, wrapping up in your cosiest pyjamas with a cup of tea, book and blanket feels like a real luxury, especially if you’re looking to channel some serious Hygge vibes. Over the last few months, I’ve amassed a fair old selection of reading material- some of which I’ve already whizzed through, and some of which I’m eagerly anticipating leafing through over the coming weeks:

First up, Pretty City London by Siobhan Ferguson, an accompaniment to her fantastic Instagram account of the same name. Whether you’re looking to up your Instagram game or are just eager to swoon over some of London’s most photogenic spots, snapped beautifully and collated into a super cool compendium, this is well worth investigating- I’ve already got a little list on the go of new places to discover!

I finished The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker about a fortnight or so ago, and am yet to reach for another book- such is the impact of Barker’s writing. Retelling the events of The Iliad from the perspective of Briseis, it offers a really refreshing, wonderfully modern take on a world-famous narrative, whilst affording the reader an opportunity to engage with the characters on a much deeper level. Similarity to how Madeline Miller’s Circe works to reclaim a classically male-dominated story, The Silence of the Girls is a breath of absolute fresh air, and fantastically written- one which I can’t recommend enough.

Equally fantastic (and no less candid!), This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay. I actually finished this book over the summer, but it’s taken me a little while to process it to be honest. Firstly, it’s fantastic- effortlessly navigating the reader through the hilarious highs and crushing lows of Adam Kay’s time as a junior doctor. It’s also a wonderfully touching tribute to the NHS, and the sheer dedication of the amazing medical staff that give everything they have to providing so much for us. After my own encounter with the obstetrics and gynaecology ward earlier in the year, it felt even more relatable but Kay’s writing style is so personable that you can’t fail to be enchanted by it irrespective of your own encounters with the NHS- from more or less the second I started reading I felt like I was sitting down for a catch up with an old friend over a cuppa. Finally, Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology, which I picked up at the airport before flying to Belfast back in August. I’ve only perused the first few pages so far, but what I’ve read is beautifully crafted- I can’t wait to discover more!

What are you reading at the moment?

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