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!!!

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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Characters I defend 

1. Bella Swan- The Twilight Saga – The first character I chose has to be Bella Swan. Ever since my twilight obsession days, I have always had to defend Bella and Kristen Stewart (they go hand in hand) everyone is always moaning about how miserable she was as a character. NO SHE WAS NOT MISERABLE -she was just shy and awkward okay? I absolutely loved Bella as a character because she was realistic and relatable. Woo team Bella. 

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2.  Katniss- The Hunger Games- People also always complain about how stubborn and rude Katniss is as a character while loving Gale or Peeta. She is the one that everyone should love, she is the sixteen yeat old who saved everyone from a corrupt government. Katniss-the-hunger-games-movie-30426466-500-202.gif

 

3. Mia – If I Stay- I don’t why but people seem to hate Mia but I really liked her. Like Bella she was just a nice, normal and relatable character and I really liked that. I also really liked her commitment to music and her relationship with her parents made me want to be her. tumblr_n73nkacAAK1ru4tifo1_500

4. Amy Dunne from Gone Girl-  to be honest, I feel like I am the weird one here. I know I shouldn’t like her but I do. She is strong and independent and I love that. Due to studying Victorian Literature at University, I am use to dealing with submission women who rely solely on men and when I read this I was like ‘yesss, you go Amy’. I know she is a psycho but I really like her. What do you think of her?tumblr_inline_o2ferxLMpE1twmsno_500.gif

5. Rachel Watson- The Girl on the Train  by Paula Hawkins -Oh Rachel, many people do not like her but I really liked her. Yes, she had a drinking problem but she also suffered a lot. I know I say this a lot but I really wanted to jump into the book and help her. I wanted to hug her. She tried her hardest to survive the situation she found herself in.

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It seems like I am defending all of the hatable characters but trust me, if you open your hearts to them, you will love them. Let me know what you think of them…do you agree or not?

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.