The Alibi Book Club #23 | The Best Books of 2017 So Far

17.7.17


Reads I've been obsessed with

This post has been a long time coming but (a.) I've been so busy with work and the past month has been craaazyyy and (b.) I've just been in my own world of reading books. Fyi I've nearly finished Louise's book Wilde Like Me and it's soooo good!!

Anyways, today I'm bringing you guys the best books I've loved since I started my 2017 reading challenge at the beginning of the year! (oooooooh) So prepare yourselves for snazzy blurbs (who even invented that word) and sparkling thoughts on what you need to put next on your to read list...


001: Sylvia Plath - The Bell Jar:
I've already reviewed this on my blog before (last year to be exact) but after giving this another read, I've fallen in love with this novel all over again. Plath is amazing at giving voice and character progression to Esther, who critics say, in some parts is like Plath herself. Even though this is a sad story, she has you gripped from the first page!

"The Bell Jar is Sylvia Plath's only novel. Renowned for its intensity and outstandingly vivid prose, it broke existing boundaries between fiction and reality and helped to make Plath an enduring feminist icon. It was published under a pseudonym a few weeks before the author's suicide. 'It is a fine novel, as bitter and remorseless as her last poems ...The world in which the events of the novel take place is a world bounded by the Cold War on one side and the sexual war on the other ...This novel is not political nor historical in any narrow sense, but in looking at the madness of the world and the world of madness it forces us to consider the great question posed by all truly realistic fiction: What is reality and how can it be confronted? ...Esther Greenwood's account of her year in the bell jar is as clear and readable as it is witty and disturbing."

002: Kate Tempest - The Bricks That Built The Houses:
This is one of those novels that I never actually seek to read, but when you're bored waiting for the train home and see it staring at you from the wall of WHSmith's fiction chart, you can't resist. What drew me in was that is was based in South London and features young people running away from something. Truth be told, it wasn't as good as I hoped, but looking back, I would actually pick it up again.

"Kate Tempest's critically acclaimed debut novel takes us into the beating heart of the capital in this multi-generational tale of drugs, desire and belonging Young Londoners Becky, Harry and Leon are leaving town in a fourth-hand Ford Cortina with a suitcase full of money. They are running from jealous boyfriends, dead-end jobs, violent maniacs and disgruntled drug dealers, in the hope of escaping the restless tedium of life in south-east London - the place they have always called home."



003: Eimear McBride - The Lesser Bohemians:
TLB has been on my to read list for about a year, so to finally find the paperback version made me soo happy. It's a complete twist from what I'd usually read, as in it's kind of in rhymes and the whole novel feels like a romanticised poem. Once you get used to the prose, you will fall in love with the young Irish girl falling in love with an older actor while in London studying drama. Also, it's set in Camden/Kentish Town, so it felt pretty easy to imagine all the scenes.

"The vibrant energy of 1990s London. A year of passion and discovery. The anxiety and intensity of new love. An eighteen-year-old Irish girl arrives in London to study drama and falls violently in love with an older actor. While she is naive and thrilled by life in the big city, he is haunted by demons, and the clamorous relationship that ensues risks undoing them both. At once epic and exquisitely intimate, The Lesser Bohemians is a celebration of the dark and the light in love."

004: Arden Rose - Almost Adulting:
The only non-fiction book in this list, and this pretty much saved/will save me as I am now an adult. So society says... (but I don't think so!) Arden is just as hilarious and witty in this - very tumblr - book as she is in real life on YouTube. I just LOVE her and it's one that's perfect for flatlays and picking up again and again to reference from...

In Almost Adulting-perfect for budding adults, failing adults, and eaters of microwave mug brownies-Arden tells you how to survive your future adulthood. Topics include:Making internet friends who are cool and not murderers. Flirting with someone in a way to make them think you are cool and not a murderer. Being in an actual relationship where you talk about your feelings in a healthy manner??? To the other person??????? Eating enough protein. Assembling a somewhat acceptable adult wardrobe when you have zero dollars. Going on adventures without starting to smell. How sex is supposed to feel, but, like, actually though. By the end of the book-a mash-up of essays, lists, and artwork-you'll have learned not only how to dress yourself, how to travel alone, how to talk to strangers online, and how to date strangers (in PERSON!), but also how to pass as a real, functioning, appropriately socialized adult."


What books have you guys been loving recently?

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