So I have the most diverse taste in books, as you’ll be able to tell from this post. I will literally read anything! Here are some of the best I’ve come across this summer holiday:
- Dunkirk: The History Behind the Major Motion Picture by Joshua Levine
I went to see the Christopher Nolan film Dunkirk at the start of the holidays and it was amazing. However, I felt ashamed of myself! Even though I’d studied History to A Level, I had very little knowledge about what had happened at Dunkirk. I decided to buy this book of the history behind the film to get more of an in-depth knowledge on the subject. I found it to be the most interesting book vie read in a long time! It’s full of hundreds of little anecdotes from serving soldiers in WWII and in those who were involved in the Dunkirk evacuation. And, even better, I feel like I’ve learned a lot on the subject.
- Dunkirk: The Screenplay by Christopher Nolan.
(There’s a theme here…). A friend of mine bought this for me when I said I loved reading screenplays, I know, what a good friend! I really enjoyed the film (as I said) but was unsure how the screenplay would read as there is very little dialogue in the film. It was a really enjoyable read and, having seen the film, it’s easy to imagine scenes and what is actually going on, like watching the film all over again!
- Songs About a Girl by Chris Russell
Told you it was diverse. This book caught my attention in WH Smith as part of the Zoella book club. I love a good fan-fiction style read, and this is a classic ‘normal girl meets famous guy and he somehow likes her’, as if, right? But it’s a fun read all the same…
- The Tempest by William Shakespeare
Bear with here… I went on a lil weekend away to Stratford-Upon-Avon this holiday. I absolutely love Shakespeare. I studied English Literature at uni and did a module on Shakey himself, which was my fave. The Tempest is my favourite play and I haven’t read it for YEAR. The gift shop in Stratford were selling BEAUTIFUL versions of the plays so I (obv) had to buy the best one. I also really enjoy reading plays (and screenplays) as I find them so much simpler to read- they just cut the faff out, don’t they?
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
My next challenge is to read the Harry Potter books. I would call myself a Harry Potter fan as I know a lot about the franchise, but I haven’t read the books in order since they came out (I was seven when the Philosopher’s Stone came out)! And so begins the Harry Potter challenge…
Thanks for reading,
I’d love to know what books you’re enjoying this year, as I’m always looking for reccs!