Recent Reads #3

I absolutely love reading and I’ve been picking out a range of books to read from Thrift Books who sell 2nd hand books for around 1/3rd of the price of a new book. I love the site because I’m always buying books and some can be so expensive especially if they are hardback. Anyway! I’ve bought lots and lots of books and these are the ones I got through first.

I want to start with my favourite which is Veronica Roth’s Divergent series (I’m now all caught up but I won’t be spoiling what happens later on in the series). The series follows Tris and Four the two main characters – it’s kind of obvious from the get-go that they’re going to be the love interest in the series. They live in what used to be Chicago, a city now divided into factions (much like the districts in The Hunger Games series) but the factions are based on personality – Abnegation, Candor, Amity, Dauntless & Erudite. Tris chooses to switch from the selfless Abnegation to the brave and adventurous Dauntless. The first book is about how Tris proves herself worthy of her place in Dauntless as only a few will make the cut. She then finds something more sinister going on between Erudite and Dauntless which only she and Four can stop. – find out what faction belong to and let me know in the comments, I got Divergent!

Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is a book I’ve been seeing everywhere. People seem to be saying that it is similar to Gone Girl but I disagree – it may be a crime/thriller but the plot is not similar to Gone Girl at all. It follows the life of a woman who is an alcoholic and recent divorcee who becomes infatuated with a married couple she can see on her fake train commute to work (she got fired for turning up drunk). When the female goes missing she gets involved to try and help solve it. The plot twist at the end will come as a bit of a shocker. I found the main character quite irritating which is a disappointment but it was a good read and only took me two days to get through.

I’m not such a huge fan of auto-biography unless I’m really interested in the life of the person I’m reading about and I must say I’m not really interested in Lena Dunham. But, one of my friends recommended her book to me and it was only $1.89 in Urban Outfitters so I gave it a go. Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl is an amazingly funny book and it will resonate with any teen/young adult female or older females too I can imagine! Her essays are brilliant and witty – I thoroughly enjoyed it, I laughed out loud, shed a tear. Definitely worth reading. It also got me into watching Lena’s show GIRLS and I’m all up to date on that too – great stuff!

I also picked up a couple of photography books because I really enjoy taking photos and my new job at UCLA involves taking great photos of student life. I regret buying Social Photography by Daniela Bowker as it is definitely for complete newbies to social media photography which I don’t think anyone my age is. I would give this to my mum if she was interested in starting an Instagram. The Beginner’s Photography book is well worth getting your hands on if you like taking photos but want to step it up a level. It’ll teach you all sorts of things about the settings on your camera, equipment, lighting etc. I’m yet to get all the way through it but it has already proved informative.

Are you interested in reading any of these? Do you have any thoughts on them? Are there any recommendations on what books to read next?