After reading a book a day for most of last week, I’m a little sad that my reading pace has slowed down in this second week of January. I’m currently reading a January release called Happiness for Humans by P.Z. Reizin. It’s a romcom kind of book about two AIs who are meddling in the love lives of two humans. I’ts cute, it’s funny, it’s a light and easy read, and I have about half the book to go. The reason I am reading this is for the bookclub that Emily and I are in, meaning that I have to have it finished before we meet to discuss the book tomorrow.
Once I’ve finished Happiness for Humans, I think I am going to read either Akarnae by Lynette Noni or Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. Akarnae is the first in a YA fantasy series that has a lot of passionate fans, and Eliza and her Monsters has been highly recommended to me by someone that I work with and I promised her I would read it soon.
Just as I finished this post I ended up getting some book mail. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng just arrived, and because I loved Little Fires Everywhere, I am very tempted just to drop everything and read this book now!
Since last week’s post I have read five books! Wooooo! Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman was just incredible. I listened to it on audio but am already considering rereading it in physical format – it was just THAT GOOD! It’s about loneliness and hope and inspired me to try and be proactive in helping vulnerable people. One of those books that really makes you empathise with other people.
Tied in with Eleanor Oliphant, I read The Friendship Cure, a fantastic non-fiction (to be released in April) all about how amazing friendship is and how loneliness and isolation can actually be really bad for your health. I cried happy tears, laughed out loud and cried sad tears. A really fun, conversational part memoir/part science. I can’t wait to buy this for all my friends!
As Tanaya and I are in the same book club, I also read Happiness for Humans. I liked that it had artificial intelligences in it (especially as one is called Aiden which fans of YA novel Illuminae will find a bit entertaining), but I’m not the biggest fan of romance novels and I struggled to get involved in the plot… We’re definitely going to keep each other accountable for doing a blog post about this one, so keep an eye out!
I read Amanda Foody’s excellent new YA novel, Ace of Shades. It’s a tale of gangs and sins and murder and I LOVED it! Another great, though small, read was Food Rules by Michael Pollan. It is literally just ‘rules’ to eat by, including ‘Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognise as food’, ‘Have a glass of wine with dinner’, and ‘Break the rules every once in a while’. Insightful and interesting, and it has given me a lot of food for thought! (Aren’t I hysterical?!)
Next up is With the End in Mind, a book about dying and death in an age of denial. I have been reading a lot of books about mortality recently; they’ve made me a bit more comfortable with the idea of death, something which the book pointedly says has a 100% occurrence rate!
What have you been reading? What do you think of our recent/current reads?