Don’t let print die!
Since the creation or rise of online magazine/sites and e-readers, printed materials (physical books, magazines, etc.) have seen a large decrease in sales. I’m all for progress, and in the society that we live in today, accessing information online is so easy. One can say that it is the most efficient way of being up to date with current news as it is happening, but there is something about this whole shift that makes me feel sad. Will I be a part of the last generation that actually reads physical magazines/books or even visit a library? It was the announcement of Glamour magazine stopping its monthly editions and moving to a ‘digital approach’ a few weeks ago that prompted me to write this post.
With the penultimate edition sitting in my hand, I’m making the most of what from 2018 will no longer exist. I’ve also decided to get back into reading physical books and reading in general! I’ve even joined my local library! If you’re looking for some reading suggestions then here’s a selection of books and their blurb that I read over the previous few months:
Before I Let you in – Jenny Blackhurst A thriller, whose main character Karen, a psychiatrist is meant to be the one who fixes problems. But Jessica, her patient is different. She knows things about Karen. Her friends, her personal life. Things no patient should know.
The Girls – Emma Cline – I found this book quite hard to get into, it was different for me, but nevertheless interesting. It’s the summer of 1969 and Evie Boyd the fourteen year old main character is desperate to be noticed. With a long summer ahead, she becomes mesmerised with ‘the girls’. And at their centre, Suzanne, black-haired and beautiful. Evie follows the girls back to the decaying ranch where they live. What happens next you could say was predictable or did Evie know already that there was no way back?
Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty – This was one of my favourite books and shows of the summer. Jane one of the central characters in the book hasn’t lived anywhere for longer than six months since her son was born five years ago, until she arrives in the coastal town of Pirriwee. There she makes friends with two mums Madeline and Celeste. An incident at the start of a new term involving the children of all three women occurs in the playground, starting a war between them and the other parents, where the truths blur into lies and end in murder! A must read.
Truly Madly Guilty – Liane Moriarty ‘This is a story which begins with a barbecue in the suburbs. . .’ By the end of it a lifelong friendship will be in tatters, a marriage on the rocks and an innocent bystander dead. In just one evening six lives will change for ever . . .
Mrs J xx