2017 reading…

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So, I thought I would update you guys on what I have read in 2017 so far. I haven’t read as much as I wanted so far because I have been busy working on my dissertation.

I am doing my dissertation on the representation of trauma within Gillian Flynn’s novels, so I have been reading a lot about crime fiction. Oh yeah…that means I get to write 10,000 words on my love for Gillian Flynn and look at her novels: Sharp Objects, Dark Places and Gone Girl.

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Dissertation Books- 

  1. Adult Children: The Secrets of Dysfunctional Families by John C. Friel
  2. Twentieth- Century Suspense: The Thriller Comes of Age by Clive Bloom
  3. Thriller: Genesis and Structure of a Popular Genre by Jerry Palmer
  4. Unclaimed Experience: Trauma, Narrative and History by Cathy Caruth
  5. The Cambridge Companion to Crime Fiction by Martin Priestman
  6. Crime Fiction from Poe to the Present by Martin Priestman
  7. Trauma and Survival in Contemporary Fiction by Laurie Vickroy
  8. Too Scared to Cry: Psychic Trauma in Childhood by Lenore Terr

University Books- 

  1. Child of God by Cormac McCarthy
  2. Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison

Fun books-  

  1. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
  2. The Girl Before by J.P.Delaney

What have you guys been reading this year?

Thriller/Grit Lit/Crime Fiction recommendations needed…

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you will know that I wrote my final year dissertation on Gillian Flynn. Flynn has written Sharp Objects, Dark Places,Gone Girl and The Grownups! She is a thriller/ crime fiction/ grit- lit writer and I am DESPERATE to read more books like hers because I adore them. 

I have read Before I go to Sleep, The Girl on the Train and othe books like that so I need your help and I need you to give me some more to read…

I am currently reading The Book of You by Claire Kendal!!!

Book to TV adaptation.

I know, I know that adaptations cannot be exactly the same as the book for many many reasons.  BUT despite being slightly different from the book, I loved them so so much! Despite their flaws and differences I thoroughly enjoyed them.

1.Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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Goodreads Summary –

Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realises how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

 The cast are AMAZING!!!!!!!! Shailene Woodley, Reece Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgard, Nicole Kidman and Adam Scott. That’s just naming a few. It is a fast pace, extremely dramatic and thoroughly enjoyable. 

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2. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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Goodreads Summary

You can’t stop the future.

You can’t rewind the past.

The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

I also loved this! There were some MAJOR differences but its okay because the show was still really good!

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3.A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

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Goodreads Summary (first book)

Dear Reader,

I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

A lot of people I know hated this adaptation of the books but I loved it. It reminded me of the tv show Pushing Daisies – LOVED THAT SHOW! I also think the show is more sarcastic and sinister than the film and more like the books.

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4. *UPCOMING* Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn 

You guys know that I am obsessed with Gillian Flynn and her debut novel is being adapted into a tv series and AHHHHHHHHHH adkajsBFKLJVBDKJBRjfb I cannot comprehend that I am going to be able to visually love it. I am very skeptical  but hopefully it will be AMAZING.

 

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Goodreads Summary

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows, a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

What books/ series have you been enjoying? 

Am I obsessed? 

I absolutely adore Gillian Flynn guys!! Love love love her writing and now I am writing my dissertation on her! 🙋🏼

Do you love Gillian Flynn? Feeling a little obsessed with? (Join the club!!) 

If you haven’t read anything by her, sprint to your closest bookshop and frantically search for anything and everything written by her because she is extraordinary.

Let’s discuss what makes her great, comment below! 


I could lie and say not all of the copies are mine but they are! Ahhh sbbdbbdjdkfbjs I just cannot resist and this is only Gone Girl- I have copies of all her other books in a few different versions.

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Author Spotlight – Gillian Flynn

I previously posted these on my University blog for one of my modules…

If you haven’t heard of Gillian Flynn, where have you been? Last year one of her books was made into a worldwide successful seller – this book/film is called Gone Girl. It quickly became a literary sensation; selling over 2 million copies.  I find her writing compelling, frightening and extraordinary. Before I read Gone Girl I did not realise my passion and obsession for the genre crime thriller; how exciting and intriguing I found it.gillian-flynn

To this date, she has written four books; 

1.In 2006 she released her first book – Sharp Objects which contains themes of a dysfunctional family,self-harm and violence. As the narrative unravels the reader is forced to become active and keep guessing at who the serial killer is. This book will be made into a television series.

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2. In 2009 she released her second book – Dark Places which tackles themes of sexual and alcoholic abuse, alongside the daunting grief of death. This book has been made into a film which will be released soon.

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3. In 2012 she released her third book – Gone Girl which depicts the concerns between husband and wife and how the media can construct and story and build evidence against an innocent. Not only was this book at number one of the New York bestseller list for eight weeks but it was also made into a popular film.

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4. In 2015 she released her forth book- The Grownup – “A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud” I recently read this one and absolutely loved it, although it was really short it still captivated me and made me want me. 

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I have read four out of four of the books above and the extraordinary aspect of Flynn’s writing is that each one ended completely different to how I expected it to, the way in which she manipulates the narrative through changing the point of view throughout is astounding and amazes me every time I read them. I am sure that her latest release will not disappoint, have any of you read it and want to encourage me further to pick it up?  The way each of her stories is about a strong and opinionated female protagonists who takes control of the dark and twisted plots makes me proud and empowered as a women to see them at the front line of literature today.

If you haven’t guess yet, I adore Flynn!

If you haven’t read any of her books, go to a bookshop now and pick up one of her books or click the links below for Amazon.

A girl can never have too many books…

I got some new books, woo! I have a problem okay, even though my reading list in is the 100 I cannot stop buying books and adding them to that list. Send help because I need it!

1. Still Alice by Lisa Genova

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Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty, she’s a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a renowned expert in linguistics, with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow forgetful and disoriented, she dismisses it for as long as she can until a tragic diagnosis changes her life – and her relationship with her family and the world around her – for ever.

Unable to care for herself, Alice struggles to find meaning and purpose as her concept of self gradually slips away. But Alice is a remarkable woman, and her family learn more about her and each other in their quest to hold on to the Alice they know. Her memory hanging by a frayed thread, she is living in the moment, living for each day. But she is still Alice.

2. The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

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I’ll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name’s Simon. I think you’re going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he’ll be dead. And he was never the same after that.’

There are books you can’t stop reading, which keep you up all night.

There are books which let us into the hidden parts of life and make them vividly real.

There are books which, because of the sheer skill with which every word is chosen, linger in your mind for days.

The Shock of the Fall is all of these books.

The Shock of the Fall is an extraordinary portrait of one man’s descent into mental illness. It is a brave and ground breaking novel from one of the most exciting new voices in fiction.

3. The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R.Carey

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Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class.

When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite. But they don’t laugh.

Melanie is a very special girl

4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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Opens at Nightfall

Closes at Dawn

As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears.

Le Cirque des Rêves

The Circus of Dreams.

Now the circus is open.

Now you may enter.

5. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

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Your brother murdered your family. Your evidence put him away . . . the gripping second novel from the author of the mega-bestselling GONE GIRL.

Libby Day was just seven years old when her older brother massacred her family while she hid in a cupboard. Her evidence helped put him away. Ever since then she has been drifting, surviving for over 20 years on the proceeds of the ‘Libby Day fund’. But now the money is running out and Libby is desperate. When she is offered $500 to do a guest appearance, she feels she has to accept. But this is no ordinary gathering. The Kill Club is a group of true-crime obsessives who share information on notorious murders, and they think her brother Ben is innocent.

Ben was a social misfit, ground down by the small-town farming community in which he lived. But he did have a girlfriend – a brooding heavy metal fan called Diondra. Through her, Ben became involved with drugs and the dark arts. When the town suddenly turned against him, his thoughts turned black. But was he capable of murder? Libby must delve into her family’s past to uncover the truth – no matter how painful…

Have you read any of these?  If so, what did you think?