If there is one good thing that has come out of Coronavirus, and lockdown, then it’s my sudden love for reading, and actually having time to read. Okay, that’s a slight exaggeration, I did have time to read before lockdown, but I just choose to scroll through social media or nap on trains to and from London. Also, spending more time in the garden has made reading a bit more enjoyable.
You might have already read The Reading List #1 published last month, and I’ve surprised myself by just how much I have read and how quickly The Reading List #2 would be written and published.
Goodreads has been keeping on top of my 2020 reading goals, however, I never thought that at the beginning of June I would already be on NINE books out of my goal of 12. That’s not because I’m lazy, but simply because I put university reading and work before reading for pleasure. I’ve also got in the habit of writing mini reviews on my Instagram (stories) and on Twitter, to help me keep on track but also if others want to read the books I have read.
Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton
Now don’t get me wrong, I adored this book in so many ways. It was an easy read, it was filled with humour and was definitely relatable in places for a 22 year old. Yes, I didn’t relate to everything, but the book did fill me with joy. It made me laugh, smile, and think. Some parts were deeply sad, but it’s all about being in your twenties and the relationships you have, whether that’s with boys or your closet friends, or the friends you make at work, uni, or just randomly in a pub. Admittedly, I only gave the book 3.5 stars, although it did keep my attention, I did love it, but it was just missing something a little extra.
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
Wow, well I think City of Girls is possibly one of my favourite books ever. A book I know I will read over and over again, and one that I have already recommended to so many people. I didn’t want it to end, it was truly addictive. It was radical but brilliant. There was humour, there was lust, there was seduction and glamour. From Broadway in the early 1940s, WW2, and through to the 1970s in New York, it had everything and more. It shows how life is so different today, and back in the 1940s you couldn’t kiss someone in public or go into a hotel without being shamed. It was magical, and really did transform me to New York City. Without giving too much away, it is a letter to someone else’s daughter, but it is perfectly written. You may not be interested in 1940s Broadway glamour, but it’s about the story and the life lessons that are learnt, and the passions that we all have. Just go and read it.
Watching The Match by Brian Barwick
If you like football, and have an interest in football broadcasting, then this will be one for you. It is informative, and an easy read. It’s interesting, and I often asked my Dad throughout about some of the stories the author recites, and of course my Dad has his own opinions and memories from them matches. The book talks about historic football events, from 1966 World Cup, Liverpool in Europe (two horrific events, which I am not going to go into detail with), the Euros, hand of god, the young english lads coming through the ranks making history, the spat between BBC and ITV over live coverage and Premier League highlights and rights before Sky and BT Sport got in on the picture.
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
I had already ordered this book from Amazon before the current events occurred in the US, with the murder of George Floyd by a policeman. As everyone, I feel uncomfortable, but I want to educate myself more on racism, and what I can do. I’ve always been someone who doesn’t treat anyone differently because of their skin colour, and I’ve always called out people (family and friends) who have made racist comments even when they think they are just being funny (which they are not). I will never truly understand what it is like to be a black person, or someone from an ethic minority. I’m a white, middle class female at the end of the day. However, Queenie has been a book I have wanted to read for a while now. It highlights casual racism, and is perfectly written by an amazing black author, Carty-Williams. It is filled with humour, that made me laugh out loud. I felt Queenie’s struggle, and I just wanted to be her friend, while I was rooting for her throughout the book, and after as well. Yes, it is slightly heartbreaking, and at points I did feel uncomfortable, but I loved what the book conveyed. From friendships, relationships, sex, dating apps, working, livinging in a house share in London with strangers. It is topical and quite frankly brilliant.