I've got more and more into the habit of watching BookTube videos while I'm getting ready or otherwise pottering about the house recently and one of my favourite channels is Lauren's, Lauren and the Books. I trust her recommendations because her reading tastes in the literary fiction world seem similar to mine and her book chats are so easy to watch. Today's Cosy Reading Night (mission: get cosy and read) is the third that Lauren has hosted but the first one that I've been free for and I couldn't resist joining in. Also, we've been out and about in the sunshine today so I haven't done much reading and I want to get some in before it's time to go back to work!
This evening's readathon will run from 7pm through to 10pm British Summer Time.
Usually I'm a one book at a time girl but I've been reading books in the All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness for what feels like FOREVER so I fancy reading a few different things now I'm done with the second instalment. So on the reading pile, I have Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson because we recently watched the Netflix documentary 13th (which Stevenson was involved with) and want to read more about the topic. On my Kindle, I have New World Fairy Tales by Cassandra Parkin because I want to try getting into short stories and Salt has never steered me wrong before. Last up will be some of The Fourth Monkey by J. D. Barker because I want something fast-paced after dawdling through Harkness' slightly meandering writing and this one opens with this on page 2:
"Don't stop reading. I need you to understand what I have done".
Consider me sold. It's a proof copy of a murder mystery out in July and it sounds super creepy. Hopefully not too creepy...maybe I'll actually read the non-fiction first, the creepy thriller second and then wrap up with some short stories so that I can actually sleep!
Alongside the books, I have some jasmine blossom tea that I'm hoping won't be too floral and a Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede candle. The smell of peonies just warbles spring to me so I can't wait to snuggle up and feel the spring love.
I'll be updating on Twitter (@LitAddictedBrit). See you in a few hours for a wrap up!