Each fortnight I will showcase 1-2 books that I think would be fantastic reading if you're going through a certian emotion/stage in your life.
Books for when you're in a book-hangover.
I dread book-hangovers and now have come to the assumption that I get one every year, since it's happened suring November and stretched to December for the past two years (something to do with NaNo, I think) and the feeling of finding the book that gets you back into reading is such an amazing feeling that it is what I'm covering this week.
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Kidnapped was the book that got me out of my first book hangover- I think I began it mid-december of that year and just relished it; it's not a book that I can't get enough of, that I found the plot to be the best thing I'd ever read and that it changed my life and now sits on a silver and gold stand in my bedroom, always there and forever cherished. That is not the reality. The honest truth is that I can't actually see it clearly in my bookshelf and it was a book I had been given as a gift and hadn't read when I came to the book-hangover. I had started what felt like dozens of books and they'd all let me down, and then I opened this and everything just changed- I have no idea what it was, if it was going back to a classic or a novel written long ago instead of sticking with the current line of literateure, but something about Kidnapped got me and broke me out of that reading slump, and I do cherish it for that.
Why I chose this book:
My second hangover novel- I read this late December 2012, by which time I had spent over three weeks reading another novel and was absolutely sick to death of not getting captivated by anything enough to be able to finish it in the time I usually would have. (2-4 days) And then this little ARC came along and I was back to the reading I remembered. It wasn't an immediate transition, but I felt it happening and love this book so much for it.
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell.
Why I chose this book:
I'm adding a third book to the list this time, because I think it goes without saying that I believe this book can fix any problem. My favourite book of all time is not fiction. It is not YA. It is My Family and Other Animals, a book that goes against so many of the genres that I'm not a huge fan of and yet and yet and yet- see the result. This book is magic, so whatever you need, just read this one.
Stay tuned for some more bookish suggestions for the good times, and the bad.
So far I've covered-