Forever trying, and failing, to spend more time away from the internet I have set myself a New Year's resolution to read more books this year. As well as stocking up on some new books I have also dug out a few that have been sitting on my shelf untouched for a while...
The Stylist - Rosie Nixon: I actually started reading this last year but unfortunately I am the world's slowest reader and it takes me an age to get through a book. Author Rosie Nixon is editor of Hello! magazine. Her book, The Stylist tells the story of a normal girl from London who is thrown into the glamorous world of fashion to work with a celebrity stylist in LA.
Us - David Nicholls: I have read 'One Day' by David Nicholls and heard good things about his latest book so decided to add it to my shelf as an easy read. It tells the story of Douglas, whose wife Connie announces she will be leaving. He organises a family holiday to try and draw himself, his wife and their son closer. What could possibly go wrong?
The Art of Happiness: A slightly more random choice, I actually picked this up completely by accident when I was buying some books for my Dad's birthday and they were on 3 for 2, along with this one. The Art of Happiness is a book by the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler, a psychiatrist who posed questions to the Dalai Lama. I'm looking forward to getting some insights into his life and hoping to restore some calm into my own!
Our Man in Havana - Graham Green: Inspired by my trip to Cuba last year I wanted to get a few books based there. Our Man In Havana is a novel set in Cuba, making fun of intelligence services and their willingness to believe reports from their local informants. Wormold is a vacuum cleaner salesman in a city of power cuts. His daughter spends his money with a skill that amazes him, so when a mysterious Englishman offers him an extra income he's tempted. In return all he has to do is carry out a little espionage and file a few reports. But when his fake reports start coming true, things suddenly get more complicated and Havana becomes a threatening place.
Room - Emma Donoghue: I bought this book last year after the film Room came out in cinemas, but as usual I haven't got round to reading it yet! Donoghue conceived the story after hearing about five-year-old Felix in the Fritzl case. The story is told from the perspective of a five-year-old boy, Jack, who is being held captive in a small room along with his mother. Because it is all he has ever known, Jack believes that only the Room is real.
The Diaries of a Fleet Street Fox: While I was working in journalism this book was recommended to me by a colleague. Diaries of a Fleet Street Fox reveals is written anonymously and reveals the inner workings of a tabloid newsroom.