Let’s get 2021 started with something positive! Last year many of us were able to get through a lot more books than normal because of that damn global pandemic giving us all a lot more time at home… This is great news though as there’s always that pile of books you keep meaning to get around to reading, or that book recommendation from a friend that you still haven’t sat down with.
Last year I read an amazing collection of books. I tend to stick mostly to self-learning, fictional books which I love, but now realise don’t offer a lot in terms of using your imagination. I love an entrepreneurial book as much as the next person, but after branching out and including non-fiction and some older titles that have been on my list for years, I’ve fallen back in love with reading as a form of escapism and fun and not just for education and growth.
With that in mind, I’ve got a few books I’m planning on reading over the next couple of weeks. I haven’t gone crazy and chosen books for the whole year as I very often finish a book and have an urge to read something similar, or another book by the same author, so I have these 9 books ready and waiting and the rest will be determined by how these go!
Before The Coffee Gets Cold, by Toshikazu Kawaguchi.
This book is about a cafe where you can transport back in time. You can go back and speak with those who have passed, but you must return before the coffee gets cold or you won’t return at all. I’ve started this book already and although it’s relatively slow and very different to the books I’ve read recently, it’s intriguing and thought provoking. I like the characters and the mystery that surrounds the rules about stepping into the past.
Speak Your Truth, by Fearne Cotton.
I’ve always liked Fearne Cotton, but I’ve found her content comforting and even more relatable over the last few months. I’ve watched a few of her live Instagram streams interviewing interesting people and have listened to a few of her ‘Happy Place’ podcasts. I saw that Fearne had released a new book this week and wanted to read it asap! I admire how Fearne is really looking out for us all and genuinely worries and cares about mental health and issues which face everyone at some point in their lives. I love this style of book generally, but have never read one of Fearne’s so am very excited to get going with this one.
In Love, by Alfred Hayes.
I love the cover of this book. It’s really simple but there’s something intriguing about it. It’s set in Manhattan in the 1940’s so already I’m a fan. It’s a love story with heartache which has fast become one of my favourite genres so I’m preparing myself to be completely caught up and attached to the characters!
A quick side-note on this book and the following, these are taken from a book subscription that my friend got me for Christmas. I have three months of tea and a book which I think is just the best gift ever! I love that I’ve been sent 2 books that I may not have found or come across myself and that it gives me an excuse to take a break and get reading! Knowing another one is coming is also quite motivating as I know when the next one comes that I’ll be desperate to crack on so I want to get reading as quickly as possible! Thank you so much Lenny melons 🙂
Rosie Coloured Glasses, by Brianna Wolfson.
This book reminds me of something I would have read when I was a child. I was obsessed with Jaqueline Wilson as I’m sure all girls my age were and when I saw the cover and read the back it gave me those exact vibes. I haven’t done a lot of research on the story or the author as I don’t want any spoilers, so I’ll have to keep you posted on this one, but what I do know is this book is apparently very sad and quite a lot harder to read than the cover would suggest. I’m looking forward to learning about the characters and going on a journey to find out what happened and what makes it so such a sad storyline.
Indistractable, by Nir Eyal.
I’m very excited about this book. I was recently telling a friend that I spend so many hours a day working at my desk, but that so much of this time is unproductive. I feel like myself and my partner have no time together and we seem to be working constantly despite being at home all day. She knew exactly how I felt and recommended this book. It covers ways to be more productive when you work and what we’re doing to distract ourselves and why this happens. I’m excited about having some stats and facts under my belt about productivity as these things really motivate me to change my ways. Mostly, I’m looking forward to spending more of my time being productive, leading to more time having fun!
Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens
This has been on my reading list and sitting on my bookshelf for at least 6 months now. I have a bad habit of getting sucked into reading books by the same author if I’ve really enjoyed a book I’ve just read, so I kept forgetting I even had this – shameful! It’s well and truly on my radar now and I will report back as I’ve heard such a mixed bag of reviews of this book. On the whole people have absolutely loved it, but there are a fair amount of readers who have some really negative things to say so I’m intrigued to see what I think.
Coraline and Other Stories, by Neil Gaiman
My boyfriend loves Neil Gaiman books, but I’ve never read any myself and I haven’t seen the movie either so am excited to give this book a go! I love horror and scary stories so I think this will be right up my street. The version I bought has Coraline and a few short stories which is perfect when you only have a quick ten minutes. I’ve read a few of the short stories already and have absolutely loved them. They’re strange, dark and creepy – just as you would imagine!
The Girl Who Reads on The Métro, by Christine Féret-Fleury
They say never judge a book by it’s cover, but this is what I do all the time! I saw this book on the shelf and was drawn to it for the blue cover and because it’s based in Paris. I love all things French, all things Parisian and after reading a few fictional books like ‘Our Stop’, which was centred around the London Tube I thought this would be the perfect Parisian version of this. I don’t know anything about the storyline but I’m expecting a cliché love story and I can’t wait haha!
The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig
I’ve seen quite a few people talking about this book on social media and looked it up to see the reviews and it seems to be a resounding yes to whether or not you should read it! From what I know it explores the endless possibilities that our lives face depending on our decisions and what paths we decide to take which sounds like something I’m going to love.
A Life on Our Planet, by David Attenborough
Last but not least on my current reading list is A Life on Our Planet. My partner bought this book before Christmas and I started reading it at the end of last year and have already learned so many facts and interesting stories from this book and have found learning about the world and how things have changed over the last few decades fascinating. I’m most interested in David’s predictions on the future and what we can do and how we can change things to make the world a better place. I will report back when I’m finished!
I would love to know if you’ve read any of these books or if they’re on your reading list too!