What I’m reading :: #1



One of my unofficial goals for last year was to read more books. Real, tangible, smell-so-incredible-you’d-like-to-bottle-the-scent, hard copy books.

It started out with Jason and I reading together, instead of watching telly or browsing the internet or any other of those screen-related activities that draw so much of our time and attention. We loved the idea of unplugging, and I felt that I was ready to start reading again after my final year of studying English Literature and Drama put me off all things book-related for well over a year (perverse, I know, considering I was an Arts student!). We began with Frankenstein, then read Clarissa Dickson Wright’s ‘A History of English Food’, then bombed through Gone Girl (which I’d already read solo, but was only too happy to read for a second time!), and finally moved on to I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes earlier last month.

I Am Pilgrim was a funny one for me. We started reading it together (a chapter or two read aloud each evening right before bed, like total children! ;), and I got about halfway into the second section of the novel before having to pass the book over to Jason for him to finish reading by himself. I found it far, far too gruesome and graphic, to the point where certain parts actually made me feel like I might be sick. And I’ve got a pretty strong stomach!

So, this month, my new book to read is Rivers of London, by Ben Aaronovitch. I actually got started on it a week ago, so thought now’d be a good time to do a mini-review! The plot focuses on a Met Police constable called Peter Grant, and his discovery of the magic and supernatural world that lies hidden within his city. I’m enjoying reading it a lot! The plot is kind of ridiculous, but after I Am Pilgrim I’m only too happy to read something kind of silly ;)

The only thing somewhat jarring for me is the way that the magic is woven into the story. I find the way that the characters all accept, without argument, the fact that ghosts and vampires and magic and all sorts of otherwordly things exist far harder to accept than, say, the way I totally wholeheartedly accept and am swept along by the magic in Harry Potter. I think it’s the fact that Rivers of London is set in a contemporary London, the same city we visit on a Sunday for a trip to the Natural History museum and head to mid-week for meetings and work, whereas there’s a clear separation between supernatural and ‘normal’ worlds in HP. It’s a fun read though, especially if happen to be fairly well-travelled within London and can map out the story onto the city as you read!

Since I’m ploughing through it at a rate of knots (it’s pretty light!) I’d love to hear your recommendations for what to read next? Have you read anything you’ve truly loved, during the past few months? :)

p.s. Since I’m done reading Gone Girl, would anyone like my copy? I’ll post it to whoever shouts first in the comments below! UK only, I’m afraid!

**So excited to finally watch the film this evening, as it’s available for rental from today! Here’s hoping it does the book justice.

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  • https://rhymeandribbons.com Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    Sam and I have always read aloud to each other as part of our “routine”. It’s one of my favourite parts of the day! I read “Rivers of London” and enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it enough to continue reading more in the series. x

  • http://imogenscribbles.co.uk Imogen H

    That’s going to be one of my relationship goals I think… to find someone who will read with me! It’s such a cute idea, although I think you’d have to have a lot of patience! I don’t feel like I’ll be able to fully enjoy reading as a hobby until I finish my English degree because I constantly feel like I have have to read something for my degree, but I am slowly getting back into it and Gone Girl is on my bedside table ready!

    Imogen// imogenscribbles

  • http://www.sunnysweetpea.com/ Jenny J

    I am Pilgrim sounds interesting! I actually thought the film of Gone Girl was pretty good, sticks very closely to the book. Hope you enjoy it (if enjoy is the right word!) xx

  • http://ceciliaintherain.wordpress.com Cecilia

    Good goal! I would love to do this with my other half, however he and I have completely different tastes in books, so it wouldn’t really work. I am definitely trying to switch off and read more away from the telly and the internet, but it’s proving a bit tricky, mainly because this tends to mean that I read in bed, which just results with me falling asleep instead. Still working on that!

  • http://www.missmollyemma.blogspot.com/ Molly

    Thanks for the review of Rivers of London- I think i might check that out! I want to read more this year too, I’m such a bookworm but find that after school and work I just sit infront of the TV rather than read- I’ll be changing this this year. I’d love to hear what you thought of the Gone Girl film, I loved the book and would love to know if the film lived up to it!

  • http://www.danidunne.co.uk Dani

    Ooh I really loved Rivers of London! I’ve read all the books in the series so far. I’ve always liked the idea of the “other London” though, it’s prevalent in quite a few books I’ve read recently! I Am Pilgrim was impressively huge but not something I would read over and over again… I’ve just finished reading the Song of Ice and Fire books (the Game of Thrones ones) for the second time, really enjoy those :) xx

  • http://unciaandtigris.com/ Clare | Uncia + Tigris

    Oh my mum really loves the Rivers of London books! I keep meaning to try them but I have a list as long as my arm of books that I want to read! I’m currently halfway through The Goldfinch & The Handmaid’s Tale, I need to finish them both!

  • Taybah Siddiqi

    I have the same goal, and am currently reading Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain – would highly recommend! Would love to read Gone Girl though (if no one else has beat me to it :)), it’s been on the reading list for a long time and I’ve managed to avoid all spoilers somehow!

    • http://www.ciderwithrosie.com/ Rosie

      Ooh I’ve heard amazing things about Testament of Youth- will look for it next time I’m near a Waterstones! Absolutely, Gone Girl is yours! :) If you can just drop me an email with your postal address in (enquiries@ciderwithrosie.com) I’ll send it out to you :)

      • Taybah Siddiqi

        You should definitely check it out, the film adaptation of it has just come out with Kit Harrington (*insert heart-eyed emoji*). And thank you, can’t wait to get stuck in to it! :)

  • http://ofgoldenroses.blogspot.com/ Sara Rose

    Since I didn’t have a TV the last year and a half, reading became my go-to source of entertainment. I have been skeptical about reading Rivers of London but everyone says if you know London well it’s very entertaining!

  • Elle

    I picked up Gone Girl in the airport during Spring Break last year and I couldn’t put it down the entire plane journey – such a great book! I finally got around to seeing the movie this weekend and although there are a lot of mixed reviews, I’m definitely a fan. I think it captured the book perfectly and those who were let down probably didn’t read first and weren’t prepared for the ending haha.

  • http://lizziedailyblog.blogspot.co.uk/ Elizabeth Rebecca

    I’ve just finished The White Princess (Gregory) which I really loved and I’m now onto A Long, Long Way (Barry). Both are excellent.

    Lizzie Dripping

  • http://charlieleschroniques.blogspot.com/ Charlie

    Have heard a lot about Gone Girl I think I may have to get the book after I watch the film ! Not a new book by any means but one of my favourites is “The weird sisters” by Eleanor Brown, also just got around to read “Philomena” by Martin Sixmiths and it’s really really good also !

    Charlie xx

  • http://www.lovedbylaura.com/ Laura

    I’m currently listening to The Luminaries but finding it hard going! I did a big post on books I loved reading a couple of weeks ago if you’re in need of inspiration, here: http://www.lovedbylaura.com/2015/01/epic-reads-1-books-loved-by-laura.html

    • http://www.allthingsbeautifulblog.co Beth

      I tried to listening to The Luminaries on Audible and just couldn’t get into it! xx

      • http://www.lovedbylaura.com/ Laura

        It’s very slow! I’m listening to it on Audible too! The narrator is wonderful at all the different accents, but I’m nearly half way in now and still don’t feel engrossed in it. Determined to get to the end though, will have to let you know whether it was worth it!! xo

  • http://sophiesmakeupblog.blogspot.co.uk/ Sophie

    I’m currently reading Rivers of London too :) x


  • Pili G

    I’m currently reading Gone Girl! I’m loving it!



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  • Isabelle Collins

    I’m a huge book reader so I may have to put some of these on my list too! I aim to read 100 books this year, and so far I’m 8 down. Gone Girl is on my list, but I’m afraid to buy it and not like it, since books can be slightly pricey (especially when you’re young and unemployed), is it any good?!



    Have you read any of Neil Gaiman’s books? I loved Neverwhere which I think is similar to Rivers of London. I’m currently reading The Miniaturist which is pretty good.

  • Hope

    I’m currently reading Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, it’s a really great book. I’d love to read Gone Girl if the copy is still going! Hope x

  • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

    I’m reading The Fever at the moment. I’ve only just started, but so far so good. I am also renting Gone Girl tonight and I seriously hope it lives up to the book :-)

  • http://www.hellodeborah.co.uk/ Debbie

    I’m currently reading The Christmas Surprise as I’m trying to finish all my Christmas books. I wrote a post about what I’m reading on my blog. I’m also reading endless wedding mags, when I really should be saving the money for the actual wedding!

    I’m quite intrigued by Rivers of London. I like to read different genres so this might be one to try next.

    Debbie x http://www.hellodeborah.co.uk

  • http://taoliving.co.uk/ Tao Living – The Art of Living

    Very interesting list. I was looking for some new books to read recently to break my business reading routine and this seems to be a hit !

  • Cariad Williams

    Gone Girl is on my list! I’ve heard nothing but good reviews!




  • Georgia Christakis

    That plot sounds quite similar to Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere- not my favorite of his books but it’s a decent read. I’ve not been able to get into a proper book in ages. I really need to break through this slump and find something great to sink my teeth into!


  • http://emilyattemptslife.blogspot.co.uk/ Emily

    One of my goals was to read more too!

    This book sounds so interesting!

    I am just about to start reading the Maze Runner books, and have two more books from amazon in the post (Watermelon by Marian Keyes and What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriaty).

    I would love to read Gone Girl, I’ve heard lots of great things about it! I’m sure someone else has beaten me to it though haha



  • Silje Mari

    I have been reading Diana Gabaldon’s Cross Stitch, the book behind the tv series Outlander. I really loved the series, so I just HAD to know more about the characters. The novel didn’t let me down at all, and there were times I just couldn’t put it down. One evening I went to bed rather late, and I ended up staying awake until about 5am because the chapters were SO intriguing!!
    I highly recommend that novel, even if you haven’t seen the tv series.

    I’ve just started on book number two now, Dragonfly in Amber (which will be series 2 if they continue filming it) but so far, Cross Stitch is my favourite :)

    Silje Mari x

  • http://www.perpetuallycaroline.com/ Caroline L.

    I’ve been put off by real books ever since I came to college as well, I’m afraid. But I’m slowly getting back into it, thank goodness! I’ve missed being transported into a whole new world :) I just finished Crazy Rich Asians – it’s a really light read, but pretty fun. Wild is up next on my list!

  • http://theconbonz.blogspot.com/ theconbonz

    Little off topic, but you know how you said in the beginning “smell-so-incredible-you’d-like-to-bottle-the-scent” ? Yup, apparently my friend found this really cool book perfume… I think that’d be a really cool fragrance to own. Haha…

    Connie from theconbonz

  • https://swanlake1701.wordpress.com/ NGOC LAN

    I am a Harry Potter fan so I am always looking for the novels with the same theme. Thank you for introducing Rivers of London. I will find time reading it.

  • http://www.midengl.blogspot.co.uk midengl

    Second Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Totally compulsive and beautifull, rich writing.

  • http://majamoliere.com Maja Molière

    Loved reading Gone Girl, but I was a bit disappointed by the film. What did you think?

    I am also reading the Goldfinch atm and must say, despite being a bit apprehensive before I started, a couple of pages in and I am already hooked. Absolutely stunning writing!

    • http://www.chrissylilly.com Chrissy Lilly

      I’ve given up reading The Goldfinch! I’m 650 pages in and I still don’t get the hype.. I think I must have missed something…

  • Elle Field

    Rivers of London is a great book. You should join Goodreads and then you can read what everyone is reading, and what they think of those books once they’ve finished them. :)

  • https://www.secretlifeofmaggiemay.blogspot.com Maggie May

    I’m yet to read Gone Girl.. But I have a copy here ready and waiting! I have Rivers of London on my bookshelf too (does anyone else wish they had more time for reading? I find it so hard to find the time!) I read The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling a few months ago and thought that was a brilliant book, having heard mixed reviews. I’m currently on The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell, which is proving to be quite odd…! Xx

  • http://www.littleobservationist.com/ Stephanie Sadler

    Love this series! Great idea. I’m halfway through Moloka’i by Alan Brennert which I’m loving so far. I’ve been keeping a list of what I read since 2008 and my faves are all bold if you want some recommendations! http://www.littleobservationist.com/bookshelf/

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