So, I read a lot. Anyone that knows me pretty well knows that I've always preferred to keep my head in a book rather than do anything else functional with my time (except drawing, obviously). In the last couple of months two of my all time favourite authors had new books come out which was absolutely fantastic. Firstly I'd been waiting for the new Murakami book, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage for so long that I genuinely debated queuing up really early at a little book store in Brighton just before work so that I could have it straight away. Luckily I came to my senses and pre ordered it instead. The book cover itself is a really lovely minimal affair with striking colours that actually caught the eye of lots of people that I know, and although I did really enjoy the book, it was one of his more grounded narratives. That's not to say that it doesn't have magical qualities in it, because all of his books do, but compared to something like Hard Boiled Wonderland and The End of The World it was vaguely 'normal'. I'm not sure if I really felt for the main character as much as you should, but I did think it carried really beautiful themes about friendship, love and loss and it comes with really cute stickers inside the first edition, which I really liked. The second book I finished recently was The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. The first book I ever read by him was Cloud Atlas and I started off hating it. However, I find that most of the things that I end up loving more than anything (films and books mainly) are things that I hated in the first instance. Cloud Atlas was one of those such things. I get so drawn in to his characters and he genuinely is one of the best living writers in my opinion. His use of language and different writing styles is quite perfect and all of his characters, however wild and fanciful, are so relatable. Since then I've read nearly everything he's written, except for the one about Jacob Zoet, and that was because I bought it and accidentally googled it where one result told me the ending in one sentence (thanks internet!) never google your books! The Bone Clocks is similar in size and spectacle to lots of his other books like Cloud Atlas and number9dream. It's told from the view of various people that surround the main character, Holly, as well as from Holly's point of view. One of my favourite things about his writing is when he writes typically British characters. Young Holly's thoughts are so typical for her age and I found myself laughing and agreeing with the silly young things that she comes out with. As the book progresses he injects his magical ideas which are all grounded in reality and make you think that they're completely plausible ideas and events that could be happening right now. I also loved the ending which is unusual for me, but I thought it was a comment about the world and how we treat it. Basically it's absolutely fantastic and one of the best books I've read in a long time. I also just finished Under The Skin (which is actually nothing like the narrative in the film that's not long come out). I found it really hard to read and by that I mean that it's not typical of something I would read usually because it felt really gritty and despite what it's about, very realistic. I forced myself to bear with it and I think that if I wasn't a vegetarian before I started reading, I would have been after. The way I took the story was if it was a comment on big business and selfish corporations and the way that humans think they're above other animals in some kind of way. I thought it was very thought provoking and a nice change to what I usually read. I've just bought The Crimson Petal and The White which is also by the same author, Michael Faber. Again it's not something I would usually read but his writing style was great so I'm hoping it'll be good. I'm currently reading The Night Circus and so far that seems strange and interesting but very easy to read on the train journeys home so I'm hopeful.