Got a free schedule this weekend? It’s so rare that it actually happens you have to pounce on the opportunity and, paradoxically, try to make the most of doing absolutely nothing.
They say the hardest part of reading is finding the time but lo-and-behold, you have a whole weekend to get stuck into some amazing books. It’s been a whirlwind of a year so far so we understand if you missed most of the literary highlights of 2015.
To be honest, we did too. So here’s a few recommendations from your truly about what brilliant books came out last year that you might have missed.
1. So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
The paperback version has only just arrived and that’s the only way I could afford to read it and therefore recommend it. The wild wit of Ronson triumphs again with this harrowing and hilarious look into the world of those who have been publicly shamed off and online.
2. Go Set A Watchmen by Harper Lee
More appropriate now than ever, Harper Lee may have passed but her words shall be eternal. It’s imperative that you read the sequel/first draft of the seminal To Kill A Mockingbird – it’s a piece of history that resonates more in our political climate than ever.
3. M Train by Patti Smith
After the affecting a personal Just Kids, Patti Smith returns to put pen to paper in a new memoir. While Kids focused on her relationship with photographer/visual artist Robert Mapplethorpe, M Train is a more detailed account of Patti’s career from Horses onwards.
4. Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein
This is one of those books that should come with a disclaimer. If you have any interested in touring or being a professional musician, read this at your own peril. Sleater Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein recounts of the emottional and trials and tribulations of being a punk in Olympia and the grueling test of tour life.