I was lucky to be given an excellent selection of books for Christmas and my birthday and have been steadily working my way through them. I say lucky, it was probably something to do with me telling everyone I know that ‘you can never have too many books!’
By coincidence (or by the fact they know me very well) most of the books I got from friends and family were memoirs of interesting women – and that’s all I’ve read so far this year. These women have all had vastly different lives to mine and yet in each book I related to certain parts so strongly I felt like I was reading about myself. I enjoyed them all and each one had me thinking about my own life and feeling lots of feelings.
I’ve long been fascinated by photography. It helps having lived with photographers for most of my life – first my step-dad, then a lovely university housemate who I’m now living with again. They’re always around to introduce you to photographers, help you with your new camera, go to exhibitions with you and, sometimes, ask you to get into the freezing Cornish sea in January to take your portrait (this is less fun, but makes for a great story. And a great photograph).
Inspired by this post on Vivatramp, and in turn by this video by Vanessa at chboskyy, I thought I’d share a bit about my taste in books. So here are the things that will make me pick up a book without fail. I’d love to hear your lists too, or any recommendations you might have!
- Stories about siblings
- Coming-of-age tales
- Teen novels – or anything about high-schoolers trying to figure out life
- Mysterious goings-on and sinister twists (but not so much murder mysteries)
- Dysfunctional families
- Sad, thoughtful stories that make me cry
- Messed-up characters (particularly if they’re female)
- Plots that consider mental health
- Character-based narratives
- Magical realism
- ‘Hysterical’ women
- Characters figuring out relationships
- Narratives of identity
- Dark and stormy settings
- Eerie, unsettling worlds
- Alternate realities