As a student, buying books is quite a luxury, so I always make the most of offers that enable me to read in a way that doesn’t break the bank. After downloading the Blloon app, I thought I’d mention what I’d read with my first 1000 free pages!
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific West Trail – Cheryl Strayed
When Strayed was 26, she set out on a 1100 mile hike across America. This book is a first person account of Strayed’s journey, and the events that led up to it. It sounds like a really inspirational read, and has been commended by the likes of Radio 4 and Oprah Winfrey. Nick Hornby has adapted the book for the screen, and the film is due to be released in December, so now is a great time to read it if you want to avoid any spoilers.
Eat My Heart Out – Zoe Pilger
There is something about the cover of the novel that I just love – it gives off the cool-girl vibes that I used to get from Sarra Manning’s novels as a young teen. The book is about 20-something year old girls in London, and it looks like a must read for fans of the TV shows Girls and Drifters. I’m always on the lookout for fairly easy reads that are still thought-provoking or packed with humour, and this looks perfect.
Murphy – Samuel Beckett
Beckett is one of my favourite playwrights but I can’t say I love his novels. I tried to read Murphy about five years ago and gave up, but I think I’ll try again now as, after studying him for my English Literature degree, I might have a better understanding and a deeper appreciation for his prose. As I struggled with this book before, it would be useful to have on an iPad so that I can dip in and out of it if I want to read something a little more light-hearted at the same time.
Ariel – Sylvia Plath
I’ve questioned reading novels on a phone, and I think I would prefer to use Blloon on an iPad which I only have access to when I’m at home. However, I’d be quite happy to read poetry on my phone – having Ariel might come in particularly handy when standing in a long queue, or waiting for a late friend. I’d choose Ariel as it contains some of my favourite Plath poems.
After reading this hefty trial of three books and one poetry collection, I’d then easily be able to decide whether or not I want to sign up for one of Blloon’s monthly subscriptions.