Last week my boyfriend and I went to Bristol to see Greg Davies and to do a little bit of retail therapy. Not only did we see the show and complete a mini lush haul ((see my last post to find out which lush products I tried out)), but we also spent a very long time in waterstones ((as per)). Whilst there I picked up 4 books …
‘Alias Grace’ by Margaret Atwood
It’s 1843, and Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer and his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders. An up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember. What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories?
I picked up this book as one of the categories of the reading challenge I am completing ((check out this post to find out which one I am completing)) is a book that was published in the year of your birth. As soon as I realised this book would tick this box I was drawn to it, as I have seen such good reviews of the new Netflix adaptation – however I do like to read the book first before I watch the TV/ film adaptation… Hopefully I wont be disappointed.
‘The wisdom of Psycopaths’ by Kevin Dutton
In this engrossing journey into the lives of psychopaths and their infamously crafty behaviors, the renowned psychologist Kevin Dutton reveals that there is a scale of “madness” along which we all sit. Incorporating the latest advances in brain scanning and neuroscience, Dutton demonstrates that the brilliant neurosurgeon who lacks empathy has more in common with a Ted Bundy who kills for pleasure than we may wish to admit, and that a mugger in a dimly lit parking lot may well, in fact, have the same nerveless poise as a titan of industry.
OK so I have to admit that I didn’t buy this book, Josh did, but at soon as he’s finished reading it i’m gonna read it myself because I fell in love with the blurb- it sounds so interesting.
‘Everything everything’ by Nicola Yoon
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
I picked this up based on the recommendation from a friend ((And also i’m very excited to watch the film adaptation)).
‘How to stop time’ by Matt Haig
Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. Tom has lived history–performing with Shakespeare, exploring the high seas with Captain Cook, and sharing cocktails with Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life. So Tom moves back to London, his old home, to become a high school history teacher–the perfect job for someone who has witnessed the city’s history first hand. Better yet, a captivating French teacher at his school seems fascinated by him. But the Albatross Society, the secretive group which protects people like Tom, has one rule: never fall in love. As painful memories of his past and the erratic behaviour of the Society’s watchful leader threaten to derail his new life and romance, the one thing he can’t have just happens to be the one thing that might save him. Tom will have to decide once and for all whether to remain stuck in the past, or finally begin living in the present.
Have you read any of these books?