31 March 2019

Short stories | Books

Bedside Books

I have always enjoyed reading and love a good thriller but I just feel recently I can't find book to keep me engaged the whole way through, I have lost count of the book that are only half read but the problem is I really, really want to read. 

I'm not sure if I mentioned this but I got a kindle for my birthday which is so unbelievably handy because it's very lightweight and silm for my commute to work, I often carry small(ish) bags that I definitely couldn't put a book in. Also I have found that the kindle editions of the books are far cheaper, most of them are 99p so I make a massive cost saving. This meant I really got into reading on my commute because I had a specific amount of time to read the novels and I wouldn't have to worry about it. But when I was at home I realised that I do actually miss holding an actual book, I'm the girl who likes to break the spines of a book which I know is a little controversial but I just do.I was casually browsing Daunt Books on Marylebone when I noticed a few collections of short stories and thought this might be a really easy way to get into reading again.but when I am at home I get distracted too easily and some books really demand your attention so I struggle to get properly into them.

Spirits of the season

Kiss Kiss Roald DahlAdmittedly I picked up the Season of Spirits purely for the cover and then noticed it was a series of short stories. The book is brilliant some really wonderful ghost stories but they are older so they a certain level of creepiness that modern books lack these days because it's all so graphic and in your face where as older stories develop and eerie feel in a slow brooding way. It was absolutely fantastic and I will actually lend it to my dad to read because I know he will enjoy it too. The next book I bought was Sleep No More, this one is a little bit more a slow burn, it's a collection of murder stories but there are a couple which are pretty good!

I was reading an article online recently when it mentioned adult book from Roald Dahl, when I say adult I don't mean adult adult, I just mean not children's books that Dahl is so famous for. I have only read maybe 2 or 3 of the short stories from Kiss Kiss and they are actually quite dark and the first half are all about wives who get their own back, in different ways, on their own husbands. The second part is just a selection are really weird stories but very good. I actually downloaded this my kindle because the previous two short story collections really opened my eyes. 

I think if like me you struggle to get into a book or you are busy and have to keep putting it down, then you really should explore short story collections. 

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