Monday, 10 October 2016

3 Books You Should Read

When I first started this blog, I used to do a book review every week! How I managed to read an entire book each week whilst working full time I have no idea, to be honest(?). I probably get through about 6/7 a year at the moment but I really would like to read more. I'm one of those people who, once I get stuck into a good book, I have to finish it straight away. If I'm ever at a point where it's taking me weeks to get through one - then I know it's not for me. Since it's getting to that point of the year where I like to spend every evening snuggled on the sofa, it's the perfect time to get into reading again. So, I thought I'd just share a few that I really loved in case, like me, you're on the lookout for a few new reads...

1) Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Remember when Gone Girl had the same hype around it that Girl on the Train has now? Yep, me too. I was so excited to read Gone Girl and I read it in a day, whilst on holiday, but I just didn't love it like some people did. It was a good thriller. It had me hooked. But there were parts of it I just thought were a bit meh. I won't go into exactly why in case you haven't actually read it or seen the film but, to sum up, I personally prefer this book by Gillian Flynn. Her debut novel, Sharp Objects. I read it this year on holiday and I absolutely loved it. 
It follows a journalist who returns to her hometown to investigate further on the murder of two young girls. She ends up moving back into her family mansion and spending time with her neurotic mother and popular teenage sister, whilst covering the story of the murder of the young girls. In order to unravel the mystery of the murders, she's forced to look into her own past.
This novel is very dark and disturbing in places and Flynn doesn't shy away from the gory details at all. But it definitely had me hooked and had lots of twists and turns that I wasn't always expecting.

2) 14,000 Things To Be Happy About by Barbara Ann Kipfer
So this isn't a novel - it's actually exactly what it sounds like. A book filled with 14,000 things to be happy about (from the author's perspective). Honestly, this book does what it's meant to. It makes me happy. I like to just pick it up every now and again and have a flick through. Some of the things don't relate to me - it would be pretty hard to come up with 14,000 things that make everyone happy, to be fair. And as the author is American, there's also the culture difference so I don't always understand some of the things she references. But, overall, most of the things mentioned in this book are something to be happy about; me time, a hot shower after a long day, latte art, taking a walk when the world is too much - basically all those little things we take for granted, really. It's a great little book to just pick up whenever your feeling a bit down in the dumps - and it's definitely a good coffee table number!

3) The Best Thing That Never Happened To Me by Laura Tait & Jimmy Rice
I'm not much of a chick-lit reader, to be honest. I'm much more into thrillers as I just tend to get a bit bored with romantic reads! But I decided to give this book a go (purely because the authors did the same course at the same uni as I did) and I'm so glad I did. This is one of my favourite books. It's such a happy go lucky book that I'd really like to read again soon as it put me in such a good mood when I first read it! 
The book is split into two narratives and is told from the perspective of both Alex and Holly; childhood best friends who never told each other about their real feelings. Years later, they end up back in each others lives and their old feelings surface again.
The concept of the book is a bit cheesy and has definitely been done before - a kind of 'the one that got away' type of thing. But it's not written cheesily, at all. It's funny, witty, light-hearted and with just the right amount of romance to make you go 'aww' rather than 'blergh'. It's definitely a book you can escape into and not have to think about and leaves you with a nice, warm fuzzy feeling.

Do you like the sound of any of these? What books have you read recently?

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