This weeks Five for Friday are books that I literally could not put down, I was totally engrossed in and simply had to read the entire novel in one sitting.
1. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
I got this as a Christmas present a few years ago and I devoured the entire thing on Christmas day. Skipped the Queens speech, no Eastenders Christmas special for me I was too busy reading about Lena Dunham’s life. I am a massive fan of Girls, really sad it’s all over now. I love Lena Dunham, her style, attitude, wardrobe and talents, I liked the honest way she told all her experiences, some odd and some laugh out loud, so I really enjoyed this book, I see that a lot of people did not as she isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but she is mine and I adored her book.
2. A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen
I actually watched the film before I read the book (naughty me) though the book and film are slightly different so I did enjoy both. A Street Cat Named Bob is a memoir by James Bowen who under unfortunate circumstances ended up living on the streets, his life began to spiral down into drugs, starvation and desperation. Busking on the streets scraping every penny he could, until Bob the cat came along and totally changed his life around. Bob would not leave James alone they became best friends quickly and due to his extreme cuteness James found people were giving him more money when busking, he began sorting his life out for the better and the cute little ginger cat transformed his life. I loved reading this and finished it in one afternoon. A fantastic memoir.
3. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
As usual on holiday I had read all my books that were in the suitcase, so I went on a bimble around the hotel and found a massive bookshelf *clapping my hands with glee as I creepily sauntered over to the books* and I picked up The Reader by Bernhard Schlink. I read the whole thing that evening, I don’t think it’s my favourite book in the world or anything I did enjoy it but I was also on holiday and in the mood for reading. The novel is about a 15 year old boy who falls ill on his way home from school, a woman twice his age rescues him and she eventually becomes his lover. The woman goes missing and Michael does not see her again until the second half of the novel. Whilst Michael is a law student he sees her on trial for a hideous murder. Hanna may be guarding a secret she considers more shameful than murder.
4. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
After seeing so much hype about this book I decided to read it, part of me wanted to hate it because I don’t really want to like things that EVERYONE adores, but this book blew me away, I read the whole thing on a 6 hour coach journey up to London and I loved every second of this book. I have already written a review about it (click here) and you can read more about why I devoured this book in a few hours.
5. The Beach by Alex Garland
I think I mention this book far too many times on the blog but I do love it. I took it as a holiday read a few years ago and literally read the whole thing on day one. I read in the airport, on the plane, in my room, by the pool and on the beach, I could not get enough and probably regretted reading it so fast as I didn’t bring that many books away with me, considering this book is over 400 pages long I did pretty well to read it in one day.
What books have you binged in one day and why? Anything I should be reading? Get in touch I would love to chat. Katie x