iMake’s Reading Corner

What I am Reading

I am getting through lots of audiobooks at the moment – it’s partly due to all the running. I was out running for over 2 hours on Sunday and there’s no better time to be reading! Audiobooks (and indeed podcasts) are the epitome of multi-tasking for me. Goodness knows, I love multi-tasking!

I thought I’d share my most recent reads (technically “listens”) and also what I am reading at the moment. I’ve been giving some thought to starting an iMake book club/online reading group but I am not really sure what that would look like. Honestly, I am not too fussed about deep and meaningful discussion about books. It’s just nice to be able to chat with someone else who has read the book and share your thoughts.  If anyone has any ideas about how this could work please feel free to leave a comment.

Back to my most recent reads/listens…

Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty

I have just finished “Apple Tree Yard” by Louise Doughty. Here’s Amazon’s description:

“Yvonne Carmichael has worked hard to achieve the life she always wanted: a high-flying career in genetics, a beautiful home, a good relationship with her husband and their two grown-up children. Then one day she meets a stranger at the Houses of Parliament and, on impulse, begins a passionate affair with him – a decision that will put everything she values at risk. At first she believes she can keep the relationship separate from the rest of her life, but she can’t control what happens next. All of her careful plans spiral into greater deceit and, eventually, a life-changing act of violence. Apple Tree Yard is a psychological thriller about one woman’s adultery and an insightful examination of the values we live by and the choices we make, from an acclaimed writer at the height of her powers.”

This was a really gripping story and I got through it in just a few days.

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Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach

I have also recently finished “Kiss Me First” by Lottie Moggach. Cue Amazon for a quick introduction…

“On the internet, we can be anyone we choose. No one knows who we really are. Sheltered and obsessive, Leila spends more time online than out in the real world. So she seems the ideal person to take over the virtual identity of the vivacious and fragile Tess, who wants to disappear. But even with all the facts at her fingertips, there are things that Leila can’t possibly know about Tess – or herself – until it is too late…”

Another amazing read and a fabulous narrator. It was the narrator (Imogen Church) who drew me to this book because I loved listening to her reading The Pink Hotel, by Anna Stothard.

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

I am now reading/listening to “The Fault in our Stars” by John Green. Here’s Amazon’s description:

“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once. Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.”

Although I am not far into this book, I can tell it’s going to stay with me a long time. The characters are wonderful and I love what the narrator is doing.

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Disclaimer – all of these books deal with difficult subjects and Apple Tree Yard is quite graphic. If you aren’t a fan of the books, please don’t hold it against me!

Where to find these books

Of course, there is your local library (highly recommended). Otherwise audible.co.uk and audible.com carry all of these titles. I have a subscription so I get a book a month, although I have purchased extra credits recently. Finally, there’s good old Amazon (affiliate links below):

Amazon.com

Apple Tree Yard

Kiss Me First

The Fault in Our Stars

Amazon.co.uk

Apple Tree Yard

Kiss Me First

The Fault in Our Stars

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7 responses to “iMake’s Reading Corner

  1. Just like you Martine I’m mostly knitting or running in my spare time. I missed my reading and have found I can listen along with both these activities thanks for the recommends. Unfortunately I’ve yet to master knitting and running at the same time! It’s probably needs a little practice :)

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  2. Thanks for the book recommendations – I’m going to try them! Get tired of reading chick-lit but struggle to find stuff I like, as don’t do historical or scary. Love the idea of an online reading group. I often look at the Guilles Alles reading group but I work late a couple of nights a week so don’t always have the inclination to go out. Maybe a private forum or FB group for postings, with hangout every now and then? Happy to help!

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