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Book List – March 2015

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“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Since starting my degree, I have been making more time to read to improve my writing. The actual writing more is difficult when I have homework, assignments and blogging, but all of these count towards the writing don’t they?

With this in mind I want to share with you my monthly favorites of the books I have been reading.

Book List March 2015

Only the books I have really enjoyed will be featured here, there may have been more that I have read but I only want to share positives on this site.

On Writing: A Memoir On Craft – Stephen King

I wish this had been part of the reading list before I started my Creative Writing degree. I love the way this is written, really easy to read and full of great information. Even if you don’t want to be a writer, this is still a great book to read and find out more about the amazing writer’s life as he grew up.

Station Eleven – Emily St John Mandel

Not a book I think I would have picked up myself but upon a recommendation of a friend, I loved this book. End of world story with a gripping story line full of great characters who all intertwine. I love how the characters develop and grow and how each plays a part in each others lives. Very well written.

Shutter Island – Dennis Lehane

Another book I couldn’t put down. This kept me guessing the whole way through and I especially enjoyed the description of this book.  Showing the reader rather than telling added an extra element to this story. I now want to see if the film has done it justice.

Fractured – Dani Atkins

The unreliable narration in this book is amazing. I love how it gives you clues as to what is going on but at the time you don’t realise what they mean until the very end. The main character in this book is really likable and you really hope the new life she is leading is the real one and not just a dream world.

The Photographer’s Wife – Nick Alexander

This book gives you a great insight into London during World War II and the swinging 60’s. The story is well written, allowing you reader to travel back in time to these events to understand more about the mother and daughter relationship in the present day. Very well written.

What have been your favorites this month?

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