Laura’s Fall Reading List

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 Here’s a snapshot of some of the books I’ve just finished, am currently reading or will be reading shortly…

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

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About the Book:

‘When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground’

Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

 From the fertile south, where heat breeds conspiracy, to the vast and savage eastern lands, all the way to the frozen north, kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men . . . all will play the Game of Thrones.

When the show first premiered I was as eager as anyone to see what it was all about but the creepy child, bloody body parts in the snow, twincest and puppy murder had me second guessing if this was really the show for me. It’s been a few years now and the show is more popular than ever so I finally gave in and gave the book a go to see if I’d feel differently about it than I did about the show. I have to say, I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. It’s a bit of a tome so requires real commitment but the story world is really fascinating once you get into it. If you’ve never really gotten in to the show why not give the book a go?

Red Queen and Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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About Book 1:

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart . . .

About Book 2:

If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare’s blood is red – the colour of common folk – but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court wants to control.

Pursued by the vengeful Silver king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join the rebellion.

 But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

I’m predisposed to love any YA dystopian novels (they’re all so good!) but this series really stands out from the crowd. It’s gripping from page one and though it has the prerequisite teenage love trial the emotions go so much deeper to make it an even more satisfying read. It also has some truly fantastic twists and turns that will have you questioning absolutely everything – and I do mean everything!

Riders by Jilly Cooper

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About the Book:

Brooding hero Jake Lovell, under whose magic hands even the most difficult horse or woman is charmed, is driven by his loathing of the dashing darling of the show ring, Rupert Campbell-Black. Having pinched each other’s horses and drunk their way around the capitals of Europe, the feud between the two men finally erupts with devastating consequences at the Los Angeles Olympics . . .

This one is an oldie but a goodie and one that I’ve had countless friends recommend. Jilly Cooper is a legend in the romance genre and I’m told this book will change my life – looking forward to it!

 

The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking

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About the Book:

You know hygge when you feel it. It is when you are cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one, or sharing comfort food with your closest friends. It is those crisp blue mornings when the light through your window is just right.

Who better than Meik Wiking to be your guide to all things hygge? Meik is CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and has spent years studying the magic of Danish life. In this beautiful, inspiring book he will help you be more hygge: from picking the right lighting and planning a dinner party through to creating an emergency hygge kit and even how to dress.

Meik Wiking is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. He is committed to finding out what makes people happy and has concluded that hygge is the magic ingredient that makes Danes the happiest nation in the world.

As we enter the colder months I always start to seek out the cosy – sweaters, scarfes, days under a blanket on the couch with a good book, hot chocolate – all of which are key aspects of Hygge, so this beautiful book wasn’t one I could pass up. I’m looking forward to learning more about living Danish-ly this winter!

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

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About the Book:

In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy shares stories about her family, her relationships, her career, good – and bad – sex, recounting the experiences that have shaped who she is today: from the riches to rags story of her childhood to her teenage quest for popularity (and boys) to becoming one of the most sought-after comedians on the planet and an outspoken advocate for women’s rights.

Whether she’s experiencing lust at first sight in the queue at the airport, discovering her boot camp instructor’s secret bad habit, or candidly discussing her father’s multiple sclerosis, Amy Schumer proves to be a fearless, original, and always entertaining storyteller. Her book will move you, make you laugh, catch you completely off guard, and answer this burning question: is it okay for a 35 year-old woman to still sleep with her childhood teddy bears?

I love Amy Schumer. Full stop. She speaks her mind unabashedly and her honesty is absolutely hilarious. I’ve been excited for the book ever since it was first announced that Amy had gotten a book deal and it  was even better than I hoped. Pick up this book. Now. Once you have it, find a comfortable reading spot and settle in for a complete joyride. (If you loved Bossypants by Tina Fey or Yes, Please by Amy Poehler you’ll love this one.)

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As always, please do feel free to share any recommendations…and the love if you’ve read any of these books already! 🙂

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