I’ve really liked watching the social media book tag that’s been making its way around YouTube – so thought why not shamelessly rob the concept. The idea is that for each social media platform you pick a matching book.
Twitter – favourite short book
Train Dreams by Denis Johnson – I picked this up from the bookstore without having heard anything about the author or book before. I read it in a couple of hours and if I ever make my most influential books post this will be way up there.
“Yes, you better shoot this dog before you get a full moon again, or he’ll call that wolf-girl person right into your home, and you’ll be meat for wolves, and your blood will be her drink like whiskey”
Facebook – a book you were pressured into reading
A Death in the Family by Karl Ove Knausgaard – I’m so glad I was told (again and again) to read this as I would never have picked it up otherwise. It’s the first in a semi-autobiographical series and it’s like nothing I’ve ever read. It’s hard to pinpoint what makes it so special but he doesn’t seem to have a filter so it’s searingly honest.
Tumblr – a book you read before it was cool
A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride – I got this before it was nominated and then eventually won the Women’s Prize for Fiction. I’ve lent it to so many friends and although it is hard work, what you put in you get back tenfold.
Myspace – A book you can’t remember if you like it or not
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll – I have a vague memory of reading this in my early teens – most classics I read around that time I have a definite opinion of: Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice. I picked up this copy recently to give it another go so hopefully it will make more of an impact this time.
Instagram – a book so beautiful you had to instagram it
& Sons by David Gilbert – An amazing cover but, man, what a strange book.
YouTube – a book you would love to see turned it a movie
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I adore this trilogy – the world that Laini Taylor has created is one that I always look forward to going back to.
Goodreads- a book you would recommend to everybody
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – It’s at once incredibly intelligent but also joyful in a very childlike way. ( I don’t have a physical copy on my shelf right now – so no photo).