Here are some reading tips from the library, either for a sunny day on the beach or for a rainy day at home
Alys, Always by Harriet Lane
This is a debut book by Harriet Lane. The book tells the story of Frances, a 30 year old woman working in a magazine doing mundane things. One evening she sees a car crash and keeps the victim company while waiting for the ambulance. The victim is the wife of Laurence Kyte and Frances sees her opportunity to become someone. This is a well-written, smart and sharp ironic comedy-drama.
How to be a woman by Caitlin Moran
This is not a new book, it came out a year ago but it is still worth recommending. Caitlin Moran writes about all things that women do but makes us ask questions why we do these things like shave our legs and why bras hurt. She makes provocative observations on women’s lives with scenes from her own life. The main point though with this book, which is starting a new conversation about feminism, is that it makes it clear that female rights and empowerment are note just women’s issues but essential issues for the whole society, men included.
Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Bring up the Bodies is the second book in the trilogy about Thomas Cromwell but this time the book covers only nine months and concentrates on the three weeks when Anne Boylen is arrested tried and executed for treason. The third and concluding part The Mirror & The Light has not yet been published.
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Wolf Hall is set in England in the 1520s. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of 20 years and marry Anne Boylen instead. Most of Europe is against him. Hilary Mantel brings Thomas Cromwell a lowborn who becomes Henry’s closest advisers to life. This book is about Thomas Cromwell’s early years so it covers a long time period. This is the first book in the trilogy.
Purge by Sofie Oksanen
Purge is Sofi Oksanens first translated novel. She won the 2008 Finlandia prize and a number of other prizes with this novel. Purge tells the story of two women who are connected by a dark, unspoken history. It begins when Aliide Truu, an old woman living alone in the Estonian countryside, finds a girl huddled in her front yard. Although suspicious, Aliide Truu offers her shelter. The girl, Zara, is a young sex-trafficking victim on the run, but a photo she carries with her soon makes it clear that her arrival at Aliide’s home is not a coincidence. Soon their stories emerge; tragic family drama of rivalry, lust, and loss that played out during the worst years of Estonia’s Soviet occupation.
Dance with dragons by George R.R. Martin
And last I just have to recommend you to read the fifth part of the A Song of Ice and Fire series by Geroge R.R. Martin. So far only five books have been published in the series; the other ones are waiting to be written. There has just been a great battle and the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance. Threats come from every direction: Daenerys Targaryen has enemies looking for her; John Snow has powerful foes among his own and beyond the Wall. There will be conflicts, betrayal and obstacles which some will fail and others will win gaining strength.
And the other books in the series A song of Ice and Fire in the library catalogue
If you do not want to read the books you could watch the TV-series Game of Thrones which so far has run for three seasons covering 2,5 books.
If none of these are of interest take a look at which other Read-for-fun pocket books we have.
Text: Pieta Eklund