Fall has to be my favourite season. It’s perfect for curling up by the fire with a long novel and tea (obviously). Don’t get me wrong reading books is for all seasons, but fall is magical. The comfy clothes, leaves changing colour and the long cosy evenings, it’s ideal for getting lost in a pile of books.
Growing up I have come across some incredible people; those who have taught me many great life lessons that no school teacher ever could. There was once a sarcastic teenage boy who was dying, he had hope and went on the road to find a cure. That eleven-year-old boy who learns on his birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own. He is summoned from his life as an unwanted orphan child and becomes a student at the school of witchcraft and wizardry. Oh! And that boy who goes down a chalk pit, finds a scruffy man and becomes best friends.
These people may not be real and only exist in my mind. It amazes me that these fictional characters can become so familiar like people you have known forever, they become a part of your own little fairy-tale world. I guess that is the magic of a really good book. Books provide an escape from reality, they take you on an adventure into places that you never knew existed. Then you finish a good book and it leaves you mourning for weeks.
Carrying on, I went into Waterstones the other day and picked up a few books to read. Here are the five books on my reading list which I hope to finish by the end of this year
- T h e F i n c h I n M y B r a i n – By Martino Sclavi
“I have written this whole book without reading a sentence of it. Words do appear on screen as I am typing away, but upon trying to read them, something funky happens. This is not a conceptual art piece, it’s just my new reality, and I’m trying to come to terms with it by writing this book”. This opening paragraph drew me to this book. I haven’t finished reading it yet, but it’s incredible written by a mind that can’t recognise words.
It’s a story about an Italian film writer Martino Sclavi who unexpectedly at age 39, got diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. He undergoes brain surgery in one which he remained awake throughout. Part of his brain was removed, the part which enables us to recognise words. Martino was told that there is a 98% likelihood that he would be dead within 18 months after his cancer was diagnosed in 2011, despite these predictions 5 years later Martino is very much still alive. Martino approaches his brain cancer diagnosis with curiosity, anger, and humour in this incredible and inspiring book.
2. L i f e A f t e r Y o u – By Lucie Brownlee
“How do you go on after the unthinkable happens?” “Sudden death is rude. It just wanders in and takes your husband without any warnings; it doesn’t even have the decency to knock.”
This book is written with all honesty about what life is like after loss. Lucie tries to make sense of her new life, following her husband’s sudden death at the age of thirty-seven. This book was recommended to me from a friend and I’m looking forward to reading this and writing a review.
- H o w T o S t o p T i m e – By Matt Haig
Matt Haig is hands down my favourite author. I first came across Matt’s writing a couple years ago, with Reasons to stay alive and I have been a huge fan ever since. So, when I heard about his new book ‘How to stop time’ I pre-ordered it straight away.
“… You see, I have a condition.
I thought of it as an illness for quite a while, but illness isn’t really the right word. Illness suggests sickness, and wasting away. Better to say I have a condition. A rare one, but not unique. One that no one knows about until they have it”.
“Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot, and now craves an ordinary life. Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover – working as a history teacher at a
London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he’d never witnessed them first-hand. He can try and tame the past that is fast catching up with him.”.
The only thing Tom mustn’t do is fall in love.
4. K i d N o r m a l – By Greg James and Chris Smith
“You don’t need to have superpowers to be a HERO”. As an aspiring children’s writer yes, I read children’s books quite a lot. I bought this book because it is written by my favourite radio one presenter, GREG JAMES and Chris Smith. I’m looking forward to reading this book. So, a little bit about Kid Normal.
“Murph Cooper has a problem. His new school is top secret, and super weird. His classmates can all fly or control the weather or conjure tiny horses from thin air. And what’s Murph’s extraordinary skill? Um, oh yeah – HE HASN’T GOT ONE. Just as well there are no revolting supervillains lurking nearby, their minds abuzz with evil plans. There are?! Right. OK, then…. It’s time for KID NORMAL to become a hero!”.
- T h e C h r i s t m a s a u r u s
Tom Fletcher is one the nations favourite children’s authors and is one of my inspirations in writing children’s books.
“The Christmasaurus is a story about a boy named William Trundle, and a dinosaur, the Christmasaurus. It’s about how they meet one Christmas Eve and have a magical adventure. It’s about friendship and families, sleigh bells and Santa, singing elves and flying reindeer, music and magic. It’s about discovering your heart’s true desire, and learning that the impossible might just be possible.”
Have you guys read any of these? What are your thoughts? and what books are you reading this autumn, I would love to know.