I am a self-confessed book worm, and although I don't have a huge amount of time for reading during a normal working week, holiday is when I can power through a few choice reads. I decided to take a bit of a selection away with me this year for my beach/poolside reading in Sardinia.
This was my slightly nerdy reading choice. As a Biologist with an interest in Genetics and Evolution, this book caught my eye. It's all about Cephlapods, with a particular focus on the Octopus and Giant Cuttlefish. The book explores how the mind evolved in these creatures, and how/why they became so intelligent. As well as Biology I studied both Psychology and Philosophy at A level, and found these subjects prominent in the book which was really interesting. I certainly had to concentrate a bit more whilst reading this but it was nonetheless enjoyable, and I don't think you need a science degree to be able to understand it. I found the book well written, easy to follow and something refreshingly different from the usual holiday reading.
Little Fires Everywhere
I saw this book recommended a few times in magazines and on Instagram, so picked it up from Amazon ready for my holiday. Set in a quiet town but full of interesting characters, there were lots of story lines intertwined, and I couldn't put it down. I found it easy to read, but it was well written and thought-provoking. The ending left me slightly wanting more. I would definitely recommend giving this a go.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
I absolutely LOVED this book. Like, read it in two days loved it. Exploring the theme of loneliness in today's society, it somehow managed to be sad, witty and heartwarming all at the same time. I felt all the feelings! It's hard to explain why this was so good, but please read it, because it's great. I've heard that Reese Witherspoon has the rights to the film for this, so I am interested to see what develops on that front. This is Gail Honeyman's debut novel, and I will certainly be keeping an eye out for more from her.
The F Word
This book has been in my reading pile for a while. Lily is one of my favourite bloggers - she's very real and honest, super stylish but also down to earth and fun. This book is all about modern female friendships, the different types of friends that we have and the roles they play in our lives. I found myself nodding along to so many parts of this book! It was really nice how relatable the subject matter was, and I think that a lot of the advice was good. I found this book really easy to read. It's certainly not a novel, but I didn't need it to be a particularly sophisticated piece of writing, and enjoyed it for what it was. I did find the chapter order slightly incoherent, with no real flow between subjects, however I could deal with it. A fun, pool-side read that doesn't require too much concentration.
Already I have been home from holiday for two weeks and not read anything apart from Women's Health, but I want to make an effort to read more! I say that I don't have time but really I think I could schedule in a little bit each day, instead of scrolling through my phone. Next on the list to read is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, which I picked up in a charity shop recently. I think I would like to read at least a book every month. As a fast reader I shouldn't find this too difficult (I hope). Watch this space...