High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
A much-loved book as a teenager, which I don't think I really 'got' until now. In fact, I know I didn't. Confession time: Rob was my dream man for quite a while. Reading it back now, that is totally laughable! (Sorry Rob...) I have a massive nerd crush on Nick Hornby and this book is the main reason why - it is perfectly formed, kind of depressive, totally real and darkly funny. If you've not read it, do it now.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
Okay, if you don't love Mindy Kaling after reading this book then you have a heart of stone. It's got her own unique voice which is funny, smart and totally adorable. There are some laugh out loud moments, a few heart-wrenching parts, lots of nodding-in-agreement and a wonderful anecdote about Amy Poehler which is the best thing ever. A lovely, light read - if you like The Mindy Project, or just awesome women, then this is definitely one for you!
Cat by Freya North
I actually re-read this book because of the Tour de France. The fervour about Le Tour in Leeds this year reminded me of this book, which is where all of my Tour de France knowledge comes from. I loved Freya North books as a teenager but reading this back now just shows me how much my tastes have changed. This was a little too 'chick lit' for me now - the characters were a little implausible and I found myself getting a bit annoyed at the protagonist. That said, it does really capture an excitement about Le Tour which is interesting to read and I like Freya North's writing style.
Chocolat by Joanne Harris
This is one of the only times when I've seen the movie before reading the book, but it was so long ago that it didn't spoil it for me. The book felt darker than the movie somehow, and more evocative. I spent a lot of the time reading it my eyes pricked with tears - it was an emotional read and the ending wasn't quite the closure I was hoping for. I'll definitely be picking up the sequels - I loved the touch of magical realism, the wonderful characters and, of course, all the descriptions of food.
What have you been reading recently?