Happy World Book Day!
March 3rd 2016 is World Book Day which, according to the organisation running the event in the UK, is “a worldwide celebration of books and reading.” The aim is to share books and book recommendations, and to encourage especially children into reading. I’ve lately been too busy juggling with studies, internship and part-time work to update you about my most recent reads, but never too busy to steal a few moments with a good book. Simon from Savidge Reads came up with this great idea (which I’m blatantly copying here) of celebrating the day with some quick bite-sized book recommendations. Go check out his recommendations and share your own in the comments!
Your favourite book: North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. On-point social commentary, a dab of romance and strong female characters – what more can you ask for from a 19th century novel?
A recent reading highlight: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. It’s been almost two months since I finished this book and it’s still by far the best book I’ve read this year.
A book people might not have heard of or read but really should have: Compartment No. 6 by Rosa Liksom. One of the best pieces of Finnish literature I’ve read recently; Compartment No. 6 is an excellent novel about a young woman’s journey along the Trans-Siberian Railway during the Soviet years. Need more convincing? Check out Sarah’s review.
A book which might get someone who doesn’t think they like reading back into books: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. If you think you don’t like science fiction-y novels about the end of the world, read this. For reading in general, Alan Bennett’s The Uncommon Reader is quite alright.
A book you can’t wait to read by a favourite author: To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey (2016?). I’m generally quite bad at keeping up with the new releases, but after reading The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, I cannot wait to read her next novel!