With every new month comes a new reading list. Here are some recommendations for you to put on yours!
by Émile Zola
This is a book that took me completely by surprise. I’m not too sure what made me pick this up, but I am very glad I did. It is one of those stories that stays with you long after you’ve finished it and moved onto the next. Exploring themes such as deception and lies, sex, lust and violence to name a few. Zola takes the reader on an intense journey in an attempt to create a scientific study of the characters.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
by Gail Honeyman
Something different to what I would usually choose but was an interesting change. The story follows the socially awkward protagonist through a change from a lonely, structured life to exploring more in terms of friendship, romance and self love. As the story goes on we see little snippets of Eleanor Oliphant’s past that comes through slowly revealing why she is the way that she is and what happened to her. Slow paced and fun to read, this is a book that would be great for travelling or to wind down before bed.
The Tell-Tale Heart
by Edgar Allan Poe
An intense short story that explores the concept of guilt and sanity. This is a fast paced quick read that will leave you shocked and questioning everything you thought you knew.
Poem of the month:
by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
This is a poem inspired by Tennyson’s grief after the loss of his friend, Arthur Henry Hallam who died suddenly. Although it’s a long one, please don’t be discouraged! The poem is so great that Queen Victoria made him poet laureate because of it.
A little end note: if you don’t have access to books, you can find a free selection to read online on Project Gutenberg