Ella's book diary

Reviews, ramblings and my must reads... Please send me your recommendations! ella.walker28@googlemail.com
The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt

I wish I could do this book - the best I’ve read this year - justice. But I cannot, I’m not sure I can even try. It is possibly even more beautifully crafted and imagined than The Secret History. And that’s saying something. Go read it. It’s so beautiful it hurts.

The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt

I wish I could do this book - the best I’ve read this year - justice. But I cannot, I’m not sure I can even try. It is possibly even more beautifully crafted and imagined than The Secret History. And that’s saying something. Go read it. It’s so beautiful it hurts.

Stoner - John Williams

My boyfriend works in publishing which means he comes home with free books (amazing, I know). The latest was the much lauded Stoner; the “must read” of 2013, despite first being printed in 1965. 

It broke my heart. William Stoner toils through life, inch by inch trying to live to the best of his ability, fading and reading and doggedly bearing the strain of having married the wrong woman. 

With each page you will become more and more obsessed with making choices and the consequences of every moment, however fragile or inconsequential they might individually seem. 

It is just the story of a man, but it will scrape and worry at your mind until it is lodged there, always.

Stoner - John Williams

My boyfriend works in publishing which means he comes home with free books (amazing, I know). The latest was the much lauded Stoner; the “must read” of 2013, despite first being printed in 1965.

It broke my heart. William Stoner toils through life, inch by inch trying to live to the best of his ability, fading and reading and doggedly bearing the strain of having married the wrong woman.

With each page you will become more and more obsessed with making choices and the consequences of every moment, however fragile or inconsequential they might individually seem.

It is just the story of a man, but it will scrape and worry at your mind until it is lodged there, always.

Apple Tree Yard - Louise Doughty

I don’t really read thrillers or crime novels (I know, I’m terrible), but this was recommended to me and now I am telling EVERYONE I know to buy a copy. It is the definition of unputdownable. 

A woman has an affair and winds up in court on unknown (to the reader) charges. Straightforward enough, but it’s her internalised life: the wife, mother and businesswoman that she is, her decisions, her ideas, her thoughts, her fears that make this book tick. 

It’s powerful, upsetting, exhilarating stuff.

Apple Tree Yard - Louise Doughty

I don’t really read thrillers or crime novels (I know, I’m terrible), but this was recommended to me and now I am telling EVERYONE I know to buy a copy. It is the definition of unputdownable.

A woman has an affair and winds up in court on unknown (to the reader) charges. Straightforward enough, but it’s her internalised life: the wife, mother and businesswoman that she is, her decisions, her ideas, her thoughts, her fears that make this book tick.

It’s powerful, upsetting, exhilarating stuff.

Am in love with these papery designs by Jennifer Collier (www.jennifercollier.co.uk).
She takes paper “fabrics” and transforms them into household objects like dresses, phones, knives and cameras (my favourite).

We went to the Cotswolds where we sat in windows and read books and walked through the fields to a church. The fields were green and the sky was blue and the wind was bitter and past the church, which was old, we found ruins, and we explored the ruins, walking through the green fields, and then we walked home and drank cider by the fire. 

(We read Ernest Hemingway).

We went to the Cotswolds where we sat in windows and read books and walked through the fields to a church. The fields were green and the sky was blue and the wind was bitter and past the church, which was old, we found ruins, and we explored the ruins, walking through the green fields, and then we walked home and drank cider by the fire.

(We read Ernest Hemingway).

Sometimes I wish I had a Kindle (carrying The Goldfinch around with me is proving tricky for instance), but mostly, I agree with these guys. Via @ShortList.

Sometimes I wish I had a Kindle (carrying The Goldfinch around with me is proving tricky for instance), but mostly, I agree with these guys. Via @ShortList.