April & May were crazy months, if you follow me on Instagram you will have seen that me & my partner Simon have moved to Muscat,Oman. The whole process was crazy but we’ve been here 4 weeks now & are gradually settling in but it has taken over our lives hence why this book post is 2 months rolled into 1. I wasn’t getting as much a chance to read as we were packing up our lives, sorting out visas, furniture etc. But of an evening I loved diving into a book & some in this post are AMAZING, I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Now life is settling down, monthly reading list posts will return to normal (the start of each month)& as always everything that I have read or my whatever I am currently reading I add to my Amazon Shop.
I’m reading so much lately & would love your suggestions for what to read next!
Educated, Tara Westover- Tara Westover has no birth certificate, no school records because she’d never been in a classroom, no medical records because her father didn’t believe in doctors or hospitals an according to the government, she didn’t exist. Her father always believed the world would end & spent his days saving fuel & food, but as Tara grows older, her father became more radical & her brother, more violent. At sixteen Tara decided to educate herself into a world she knows nothing about & where she starts to question all she knows. Review: This book is a memoir not something I usually read & to begin with I didn’t think I would stick with it mainly because at times it really hard to read but I also couldn’t put it down. It makes you question so many aspects of life from a parents love, education, family dynamics. It’s also hard to believe that it’s all true because it’s one of those cases where the truth is stranger than fiction. Entering college having never heard of Holocaust, parents who turn a blind eye to abuse, it honestly felt at times this couldn’t be real but Tara lived it. It stuck with me after I finished it & I definitely recommend it as it opens your eyes & mind to a truly other world.
Verity, Colleen Hoover- Lowen is a struggling writer who receives the opportunity of a lifetime: to finish Verity Crawford’s best-selling series. Verity has been in a horrible car crash & will likely never recover from her accident. Prior to her accident, the family suffers terrible loss: losing one daughter & then the other. Lowen moves up to the family’s Vermont house to go through Verity’s office & find any material she can use to begin the remaining books. But then she finds Verity’s autobiography; containing horrible secrets. Lowen struggles as she finds herself more & more attracted to Jeremy (Verity’s husband) & contemplating whether she should tell him about the manuscript. Review: OH WOW! This book, I finished it in the early hours as I had to know the ending & I wish I hadn’t as I had to speak to someone about it, I was absolutely spellbound. It’s phenomenally written, unique & a cleverly plotted mystery. One of the most impressive aspects of this book is that a book has been created within a book. I did struggle with parts, mainly aspects of the most horrific manuscript describing a mother’s darkest thoughts, fears & desires against her children & her husband. Intense, a page-turner, I could not recommend this book enough.
Matchmaking For Beginners, Maddie Dawson- Marnie MacGraw just wants an ordinary life. She’s engaged to Noah who is simply a spoilt brat & meets his “crazy” great aunt Blix at their engagement party. The two of them feel a connection immediately. Blix passes away & leaves Marnie her Brooklyn brownstone, even though Noah has just ended their 2 week marriage & the small fact that they only got to meet twice. Heading to Brooklyn to find out more about the house, all sorts of magical stuff happens to Maddie, making her really look at her life & the people around her. Review: It’s one of the most heartwarming books I’ve ever read. I’ve not read a book like this in a while & I loved getting so invested in Maddie & all of the other characters who you can’t help but fall in love with as they are relatable in so many ways. I think we can all relate to Maddie & that’s maybe why I was so invested in the book but regardless it’s just a feel good, smile on your face, heartwarming book.
The Wicked King, Holly Black- Picking up 5 months after the 1st book & again immediately swept into the world of Faerie & the intrigue of the Faerie Court were Jude has now tricked Cardan onto the throne, binding him to her for a year & a day. But the new High King fascinated by Jude also humiliates & undermines her. Meanwhile, a traitor in the court is scheming against her. Jude must fight for her life, her family & her feelings for Cardan. Review: Okay so another YA book but after really enjoying the 1st book I was looking forward to the 2nd & it didn’t disappoint. Fast paced, magic, mystery, full of unexpected twists & mystery. Packed with complicated relationships that you can’t wait to see unravel. I also really love the development of the characters. It’s so hard to talk about it without spoiling just go & give it a read.
The Woman Inside, E.G. Scott- Rebecca & Paul have been married for twenty years & both have their fair share of secrets. Paul’s been unfaithful & Rebecca’s been fired from her job & has a nasty pill-popping habit. An this is where it all just unravel especially when a women in the neighborhood start disappearing, police turn up asking questions, Paul & Rebecca’s lies & secrets intensify. Review: I had high expectations of this book after having read rave reviews & maybe I was expecting too much as it really disappointed, it was by no means the fast paced, gripping thriller I was hoping to read. The story is split between different characters pov & in this case I found really confusing an it didn’t seem to work. There are some great twists that had me thinking the story was really kicking in but then I felt it went flat & the pace slowed. Overall not the fact paced thriller that I was expecting & left me disappointed.
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If I Die Before I Wake, Emily Koch- Everyone believes Alex is in a coma, unlikely to ever wake up. As his family debate withdrawing life support, he can only listen. But he soon begins to suspect that his accident wasn’t really an accident. Even worse, the perpetrator is still out there & Alex is not the only one in danger. Alex must use a series of clues from his past to solve the mystery of who tried to kill him. He needs to protect those he loves – before they decide to let him go. Review- I was really intrigued by the concept, following Alex who is floating in between life & death on a race against time to solve his own murder before his life support is removed. Honestly Alex’s heartbreaking situation is one of my fears so I found him being the narrator a really interesting concept & what drew me to the book. The main issue I had though was the pacing, I honestly think I would have given up with it if it wasn’t on audiobook as it was far too slow. There were aspects of the book that were just left at loose ends which was annoying, the ending came together with some unexpected twists it was just frustrating that it took the last chapter to really get going.
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