Books and I go way back.
In a society which consumes so much digital media, reading a novel or poetry is a nice getaway. It’s even more exciting when you’re able to discuss literature with friends. Continue reading for my book recommendations and reflections on reading for leisure.
I love reading, I always have, but the problem I have with it is that I find it really difficult to leave the comfort and safety of teenage and young adult fiction. I find the romance of YA fiction to be idealistic and thrilling – the way characters are swept off their feet, the improbable meet-cutes, the aspirational promises they make to each other…I’m a huge softie, it’s true. I also love fantasy, but the adult fantasy is just so weird sometimes. Thankfully, I can always rely on good ol’ teenage fiction to bring me the joy of magic.
Reading is a great way to escape the real world, immerse yourself in a magical fantasy, feed the brain, and also a great thing to do when you need to take time away from social media and technology. Whatever type of reader you are, a slow reader, an average reader, or a crazy book lover, this shortlist of books of the fantasy genre are some of my own personal favorites and are one’s that everyone has to read at least ONCE in their lives.
Christodora, Tim Murphy's 2016 debut novel, is the latest in the 'New York novel' canon: it deals with addiction, trauma, family relationships, LGBTQI+ identity, and the search for connection in a world that seeks to divide.
In the past, I've struggled to make reading a consistent habit, until I joined a book club.
John Boyne’s The Heart’s Invisible Furies chronicles the life of Cyril Avery: his struggles, his loneliness, and his search for love and connection in all its forms.