Over the past couple of months I have really been struggling to read, when my mental health is low I seem to lose the ability and the words just don't sink in. I have been getting used to some new medication which has had some horrible side effects making any sort of brain process next to impossible. During the past week or so I feel like the brain fog is finally beginning to lift and I get windows of time where I am able to think clearly and reading a book becomes a possibility. There are so many opportunities to get cosy with a book in Autumn that I hope I actually get through this list and make the time to read and that my mind allows me to. Some of these books are on the darker side and perfect for a late October night and some are books that I have just been meaning to get to for a while. I'd love to know if you've read any of these books and what you thought of them.
Daphne Du Maurier is one of my all time favourite authors with 'Rebecca' being one of my favourite books. I love to get lost in her descriptions and let them take me somewhere else. I haven't got round to reading Frenchman's Creek but I read some of her other books around this time of year so I'm confident this is going to be a good cosy read.
I tried to read House of Leaves this time last year when I had less control of my mind and it completely terrified me and made me feel so anxious. Although it was awful, it must be a sign of a good book to make you feel something that real. If you buy one book this Autumn let it be this one! I'm going to attempt it again this year and hope the medication I'm taking that that helps me sleep will also hold back the nightmares...
Another book I have started and not finished is The Girl On The Train. After all the hype for this book and comparisons to Gone Girl, I started reading with high hopes and was left disappointed and put it to one side. I've watched the trailer for the film and it does look really good so I'm going to give it another go so I can then watch the film.
The Secret History has been a book I've wanted to read for a long time with the length putting me of a little. I have heard lots of good things about the plot and characterisation so I'm hoping to really bury myself in this one.
Last year I read 'The Book Of Strange New Things' by Michel Faber and completely loved it so I am excited to see if I get absorbed in the same way with The Crimson Petal and the White. They seem to be very different with one dealing with an alien missionary and the other a victorian prostitute. I'm interested to see to what extent Faber's style and voice of characters carries through.
A couple of months ago I was in a bookshop with my boyfriend and he asked me to pick a book (best question ever??). We didn't have much time so I quickly grabbed The Perks of Being a Wallflower after deciding it's probably the book I've been meaning to read for the longest time and for whatever reason have never got to. I'm interested to see how the child narrator is written compared to others such as in 'Room' and 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time'. I am also yet to see the film adaptation so look forward to watching it after finishing the book.
I have been intrigued by Did You Ever Have a Family since it was long listed for the Man Booker 2015. It seems to be a steady tragedy with beautiful prose and I can't wait to find out more.
'The Bell Jar' by Sylvia Plath was a book I have actually managed to read recently. The mental health of the main character was something I could relate to so closely it allowed me to slip into her thoughts with relative ease as if they were my own. This was a slightly unsettling experience but I was entranced in her writing and raw portrayal of mental illness. I am looking forward to seeing how she handles similar themes in her poetry and getting a closer look into Plath's unstable mind with her collection Ariel.
What books are you hoping to read in the coming months? Let me know in the comments or on my social media linked in the side bar under my picture. I'd love to know and perhaps add them to my own list to read.
"If one reads enough books one has a fighting chance. Or better, one's chances of survival increase with each book one reads." -Sherman Alexie