I’m back after a busy few weeks!
Today’s blog post is about some books I have managed to pick up over the course of the past fortnight that I feel were a little different from the usual kind of stuff that I would go for.
The three books that I’m going to talk about are not apart of the YA genre or even remotely related. Even though I will always be a big fan of young adult it’s important, in order to grow as a reader, to branch out from the writing styles that you are most comfortable with!
Book 1- The Greeks by H.D.F Kitto
When I saw this book on a very pretty shelf in a fairly ugly charity shop in London I was instantly interested. Ancient Greece has always been a topic that intrigued me but due to sheer size of the area of study I always found it really difficult to access. ‘The Greeks’ is a light non fiction book that is both extensive and accessible. I’ve read a chapter on the tube so far and it is genuinely enjoyable. If any of you are interested in the Ancient Greeks, their way of life and the Gods they believed in I would definitely recommend this book.
Book Two: La Chamade by Françoise Sagan
Admittedly this was a chance buy from a cool book shop I went to in Notting Hill (not the one from the film sadly).
The back of the book says:
‘Four people. A woman who has not known the passionate turmoil of love for ten years; and suddenly encounters the need for just such a love. A man with devotion enough to let her go. A younger man with desire enough to keep her too close. A woman who watches, tautly aware that impossible indifference must hide the hurt within her.’
Aside from this mysterious blurb I was also convinced by the fact that La Chamade is set in 60s Paris – a time I find to be massively interesting and massively romantic.
I haven’t read a word yet but it has done well on Goodreads which is always a good sign. If you are into French literature definitely give it a go!
Book Three: The Outsider by Albert Camus
For all of you who know your classics, The Outsider is a literary essential.
This book was lent to me by a kind and very fancy friend who book-pushed it excitedly.
Also a French book, this short novel tells the story of a young bachelor living in Algeria. It is an exploration of man’s place in the universe and how it feels to be detached from society, how it feels to truly be an outsider in your own world.
I’ve only heard good things about this book and so on that basis, I would certainly recommend it to all of you.
Thanks for reading this blog post. I hope, wherever you are, that you have a wonderful day.
Keep on reading!
And thanks again Beth.