Books That Are Satisfying Me

Perhaps I haven’t written as much as usual about books that I am enjoying. So I thought it would be good to talk about a few that I have recently started. Nothing beats a good book and these two are already lining themselves up as top quality reads.

So if you like nothing more than putting your feet up and opening a good book, it would be well worth checking these titles out.

Already fun and character led.

Thrown by Sara Cox

I have been a fan of Sara Cox for a long time and have laughed out loud at her radio show for many years. I also really like her BBC2 show ‘Between The Covers’ where she gets a panel of celebrities to review upcoming and existing novels.

Knowing that Sara used to present a pottery TV show called The Great British Pottery Throwdown, it was amusing to think that she had written a story about people who meet in a pottery class. I love how she is setting the story up by writing each chapter from a different character’s point of view. Her anecdotes are quirky and her way with words is brilliant. So much so that I can hear her warm northern accent shining through.

Solitaire by Alice Oseman

Another little gem is the debut novel from Alice Oseman. The creator of Heartstopper began with a book about Charlie’s sister Tori Spring and her fascination with blogging. A solitaire blog sets a game into action that she is quickly drawn into whilst dealing with some mental health issues.

Her struggle with depression feels real and Alice holds no punches when dealing with very current and relevant topics such as suicidal ideation. This book reads well and is very character driven. I love her cleverness in telling YA tales.

In A Nutshell

This was just a rapid overview of what I am currently reading but I can tell you that I am hooked on both books. Each one is well worth checking out. If you want a contemporary drama go for Thrown and if you prefer YA stories then try Alice’s book.

Books I Currently Love

This summer has been very busy and as I get ready to go back to work, I am determined to keep reading as much as possible. Right now I am soaking up several novels at once. In this post, I wanted to share my thoughts on a couple of my current faves.

Five Tuesdays in Winter

Five Tuesdays in Winter is a set of short stories by a wonderful American writer, Lily Smith. Having enjoyed her book, ‘Writers and Lovers,’ Lily has put together some interesting and thoughtful narratives which I have so far been satisfied by.

One tale is of a bookshop owner whose wife had left him to be a single parent. Slowly he realises he is attracted to his new employee and gently they explore their relationship, hinting at possibilities of more than just bookshelf stacking.

Another explores a lad who is left with two college students while his parents are abroad in France. He looks up to the boys and has a summer of discovery while they enjoy making the most of his lavish home.

Apples Never Fall

Liane Moriarty is one of my all time favourite writers and it was a no-brainer that I was always going to get this novel. Her short chapters delve into the lives of an Australian family who had an unexpected guest knock on their door one evening.

Joy and Stan are retired but used to manage their own tennis training school. Their four children are grown up now and living complex lives. The story goes back and forth between a time when Savannah (the guest) had fled her boyfriend and shacked up in Joy’s home and a time after Joy had weirdly vanished.

Summary

These two books are keeping me company at the moment and both are brilliant. I am also working my way through another Joanne Harris novel which I will review later on.

Although I haven’t finished either book, I am loving them so much. I would totally recommend checking them out online and sampling the first few pages of each.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this article. Check out my review of Liane Moriarty’s other book Three Wishes if you want more suggestions.

Have You Caught That Writing Bug Yet?

As someone who talks for a living, some people are surprised when I tell them that my favourite thing is writing stuff down. It is a passion which has taken over my spare time and I absolutely love it. My first choice pastime is writing, closely followed by reading. One feeds into another in an interconnected cycle.

I wonder how many of you have caught the writing bug. Below are some questions to consider when trying to decide whether or not you are a writing addict.

Let’s celebrate writing.

When you wake up, do you feel the writing urge?

As soon as you open your eyes do you have an idea that you desperately need to write down? It happens to me a lot. I scribble it down on a post-it note or even send myself a text so that I don’t lose the idea on a busy work day.

This also occurs just when I am about to sleep and I find I cannot rest properly until I have found a way to record that little snippet of inspiration.

Is writing on your mind at work?

Let’s be honest, it can be very easy to drift off into your imagination, especially when you are doing a task that doesn’t quite fulfil your dreams.

If writing is on your mind, then possibly writing is the real career that you would be best suited to. For me, I plan to work part time in my workplace and a few days at home exploring my writing dreams. I cannot wait till September when this becomes a reality.

How many times have you desperately tried to find a way to note an idea down?

Is it me or do you also find that the best ideas arise when you have no means of getting them recorded?

I can be going for a run and see a couple arguing and think of a story idea or driving along with nowhere to stop and jot my thoughts down.

I would say if this has happened to you at least once a week for the last few months then you probably are addicted to writing too.

Do you get so involved with what you are writing that you forget that you wrote it?

Sometimes I get engrossed in a short story that I am working on and kind of detach myself from it. I start believing that the characters are real and wishing someone would tell me what happens next.

Then I realise that their life stories depend on my imagination and I reawaken to the fact that their future is in my hands alone. This makes me even more excited.

So what did you decide?

After considering the prompts that I included in this post, have you decided whether you currently have the writing bug or not?

If it is an illness then it is a rewarding one although it can sometimes flare up when it develops into that well known symptom – writers’ block. This can be overcome with a little dose of rest and reading, before subsiding and returning you to an inspired state.

Thank you for reading my silly article about writing addiction. I bet some of you are as hooked on writing as I am and I would love to know more about your experiences in the following comments section. If you enjoyed this piece then perhaps consider following my blog and making my day.