Saturday, 23 April 2016

Will I Ever Finish A Book Again?

Lately, I seem to be plagued with a selection of bad books. I've either had to force my way to the end, or abandon it completely - something I would have never dreamt of doing before. As I've grown, I've really managed to curate a bookcase I'm proud of, and I think I've defined my reading taste down to a tee. So why, I hear myself ask, am I still picking up books I think I should like?

There's a lot of snobbery in the book world - it's sad, but true - and I guess I've fallen victim to this myself. I picked up The First Bad Man by Miranda July because it was quirky! and feminist! and for women like me! but in all actual fact, it was just a step too bizarre and I couldn't relate to it at all. Of course, I don't have to relate to every book I read - one of my favourite reads of last year was totally unrelatable - but more often than not, I want something believable or comprehendible. Something that I feel could happen, even if not to me. 

So what books should I be reading? Well, I seem to be falling more and more into Young Adult novels - did you roll your eyes? - but I'm not really interested in John Green or books along that vein. Books like Unbecoming by Jenny Downing and Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill that have a storyline of substance, or take a theme, like dystopian feminism, and completely run away with it. Aside from YA, I'm also interested in strong female writers like Carol Ann Duffy, Angela Carter and Margaret Atwood and I'm still hoping to broaden my horizons with foreign authors like Murakami and Anthony Doerr - author of All The Light We Cannot See. 

Have I discovered anything new about myself? I guess not. I know not to read something because a literary critic says I should like it, but to read something because I think I will like it. I know my taste better than anyone, except maybe Dannie - that girl is dangerous when she posts book reviews! - and I should follow my gut more when it comes to adding books to my ever growing TBR pile... 

Can you recommend any books to get me out of this funk? What's the best book you've read recently?

Chelsea xo

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