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To Be Read Pile

Hello ladies and gents. Long time no speak! Whilst I still haven't healed from my surgery yet, I have finished university for the summer so that means I can finally focus all my energies into Little V. I've been scribbling post ideas in my journal but I'd love to know what sort of things bring you to this little space of the internet in the first place so let me know below! I'm hoping to fill this summer with lots of book, general lifestyle and adventure style posts so hopefully that all sounds pretty delicious to you. Starting as I mean to go on, I thought I'd share this month's 'To Be Read' pile with you. Each month, I'd love to show you what books I plan on reading, and share any initial thoughts I have on them, before bombarding you with my mini book reviews. I'm hoping that it'll be a great way to introduce new texts to my readers and I'm also hoping you lot will humour me with the books that you're going to be reading in the comments section because girl needs new book ideas. By the way, all of these things were bought with my own ££ before anyone thinks otherwise. Anyway, enough of my rambling (you can tell I spend the majority of my week in my house alone can't you?!). 

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 Raccoon slippers from Accessorize, Glasses from Specsavers, Lip stuff from L'occitane, Tartan rug from the 1990's

I've had these books in my bookcase since last summer but I'm only just getting round to devoting time to them which is just bloody typical of me! Everyone everywhere seems to have a copy of NEVER LET ME GO BY KAZUO ISHIGURO so I'm very much looking forward to giving it a go. First impressions, I'm a little bit worried as to just how dark this novel is going to be but I have every faith in Ishiguro because I've heard nothing but good things about his writing. Furthermore, the novel was a bestseller and it was also shortlisted for the Man Booker prize. Fancy! Wondering what it is all about?

'Narrated by Kathy, now thirty-one, Never Let Me Go dramatises her attempts to come to terms with her childhood at the seemingly idyllic Hailsham School and with the fate that has always awaited her and her closest friends in the wider world. A story of love, friendship and memory, Never Let Me Go is charged throughout with a sense of the fragility of life' 

I tend to read a lot of literature that concerns itself with the individual and the 'fragility of life', so I'm hoping that it is my sort of thing. I haven't seen the film adaptation because I prefer to read novels first, so I will have nothing to compare this to and I've heard that that is a good thing.  I'm dubious but I'm sure it'll be a novel that really surprises me and, hopefully, wins me over. Watch this space! 

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The second book I'm planning on reading this month is  EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED BY JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER. This also seems like a very popular choice in the bookosphere (is that a thing?!) / booktube community so I'm looking forward to actually picking it up from my bookcase. I have even bigger hopes for this novel because I have previously read, and rather liked, Safran Foer's writing and the blurbby summarisy bit sounds highly interesting and also slightly bloody awesome:

'A young man arrives in the Ukraine, clutching in his hand a tattered photograph. He is searching for the woman who fifty years ago saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Unfortunately, however, he is aided in his quest by Alex, a translator with an uncanny ability to mangle English into bizarre new forms; a 'blind' old man haunted by memories of the war; and an undersexed guide dog named Sammy Davis Jr, Jr' 

I'm hoping to be taken on a hilarious adventure but one that will be hugely emotive and extremely sensitive to the horrors of war. I do hope I get it! I have a great interest in history yet I don't tend to sway towards literature that explores historical events so it should be quite eye opening for me. Without sounding too superficial, but who am I kidding, I also really bloody like the cover design. I know, I know. You shouldn't judge a book by its cover but, well, I'm a bit of a design snob when it comes to that sort of thing. I actually read the 'overture' to the book whilst lounging about in the sunny garden yesterday and I found Alex's interesting grasp of the English language highly entertaining, and I already feel like this novel promises some really intelligent storytelling from Foer. I'll let you know how I get on with it!

That's all folks! By the way, if you're wondering why I'm only planning on reading two books this month it's because my attention span is really poor at the moment. My immune system is attacking itself so I'm dealing with all sorts of nasties that tend to mess with my body so focusing on things is nigh on impossible. Let me know your thoughts on these books in the comments below and, also, why not share your own 'to be read' pile in the comments too?! Oh, and feel free to leave post ideas, etc. I'll hopefully let you know what I thought of these two books at the beginning of next month so keep your eyes peeled. I'm off to devour a plate of smoked salmon for lunch. Oh, yes!  ♥ 

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  1. Never Let Me Go was amazing, definitely considering a reread sometime soon.

    My June TBR includes The Last Lingua Franca by Nicholas Ostler, Foundations of Marketing (funtimes!) and maybe rereading The Great Gatsby?

  2. Oh goodness, two books in a month sounds hard-going to me! It takes me FOREVER to read a book nowadays (I may have finished maybe 3 this year so far?!) but I'm hoping university is to blame and that I'll be right-as-rain, when it comes to book-reading, again come tomorrow evening!!

    I'm currently reading White Teeth so my goal for now is to finish it! I've started quite a few books this year and haven't been able to get into them, or through them, so finger-crossed this one doesn't go the same way. I'm honestly not sure what I think of it, yet I'm halfway through, so don't know what that means!!

    I'd love to know what you think of Never Let Me Go - I seem to be the only person to have read it , ever, to have the viewpoint I do (and that's the same when it comes to the film - which I watched only recently, about 2 years after I read it) so it;ll be interesting to see if I'll still be alone in my response to it!

    I have heard of Everything is Illuminated but, until reading the blurb here, had zero idea what it was about! I am intrigued though so look forward to reading your review!!

    I'm looking for crime thrillers (yes, I know, a bit trashy, but I love just escaping into a book and being whisked away by it, which these sorts of books do for me!) so any recommendations you, or others, may have would be much appreciated!



    P.s - so, so good to have you back sweetness!

  3. Glad you're starting to recover from your surgery! I haven't read the other one but I would highly recommend Never Let Me Go, I really enjoyed that book :) The film on the other hand.. is just OK. Not that great in comparison to the book in my opinion. Worth watching anyway! I'd like to see book-related posts on here because I'm always on the hunt for new books to read!

    Louisa's Notebook

  4. Ooh I've read Never Let Me Go which is good and I've been meaning to get a copy of Everything Is Illuminated! You've just reminded me :)

    Rosie x

  5. Ooh awesome! I wanna read Never Let Me Go. Only saw the movie. Currently reading American Psycho which is pretty good too. I'll read these two next probably! :D x

  6. Never Let Me Go is absolutely brilliantly - it really gets you thinking. I just need to see the film now.

  7. I love Never Let Me Go! It is quite dark, but it's beautifully written. Everything Is Illuminated is on my to-read list too :)

  8. Never Let Me Go is pretty dark, I think I preferred The Remains of the Day.. but deffo worth a read! Everything is Illuminated took me a while to get into, hope you enjoy it. There is a film version with Elijah Wood playing the main dude, rather hilarious. Hope the recovery keeps progressing well lovely. xx

  9. I loved Never Let Me Go, it was wonderfully written and the film really doesn't do it justice. I've been meaning to pick up a book by Froer for a while and this one sounds intriguing! At the moment I'm reading 'The Unlikely Pilgrimmage of Harold Fry' and I'm really enjoying it. It's a nice easy read but very interesting and again, absolutely beautifully written. Highly recommend it so far! :) hope you feel better soon lovely and the healing continues xxx

  10. I can't wait for my classes to get over with for the year so that I can read non-class-related books again! It feels like it has been ages.

    Best of luck to you on your recovery. I have been a reader for ages (since late 2010?) and you always manage to have such a wonderful outlook no matter what, and I really admire that.

  11. Never Let Me Go is a beautiful and heartbreaking story, I really hope you like the book. I've been wanting to get my hands on Everything Is Illuminated since I read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and loved it!

    This month I have completely fallen in love with reading for pleasure again after months of having so much to read for uni. I know I should be starting my dissertation research but I'm taking a couple of weeks off to just read anything I fancy :) Starting with The Catcher in the Rye and then moving on to NW by Zadie Smith, I'll let you know how I get on!

  12. Rug from the 1990s haha... Will have to try Never Let Me Go I think. I'm in love with Neil Gaiman at the moment and I'm reading American Gods but his book Neverwhere is fabx

  13. I loved Everything Is Illuminated. It's one of my go-to books when I want to re-read something. He's a fantastic and extremely underrated author.

    I just finished Dan Brown's Inferno which I was asked to read for a review and I didn't truly loathe it as much as his other books but I didn't like it at all. I'm in the market for something brilliant to read to make me forget the awful literary memories.

  14. I've read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer for my English Course and thought it was brilliant. I look forward to reading a review on Everything is Illuminated :)

  15. Got to admit I didn't really enjoy Never Let Me Go, but it will be interesting to see how you get on with it. I love book reviews :)

  16. I love your book reviews! I can't wait for you too blog more and hear some new recommendations :)x

  17. Never Let Me Go is a brilliant book - the film with Carey Mulligan is also worth a watch if you haven't already seen it x


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