Okay so honestly life is pretty crazy right now but I have been taking solace in my books, using it as the perfect form of escapism & I have loved it. Plus I have also started listening to more audiobooks which is a great way to enjoy a book when sometimes you simply don’t have the time. Deciding to invest more in my hobby because I simply enjoy it I have decided each month to post what I read the month before & share it with you all. I love reading what other people are reading & as I enjoy such a mix I hope you find something you want to pick up & read.
As always everything that I have read or my whatever I am currently reading I add to my Amazon Shop.
An finally what are you reading I would love your suggestions for next month!
The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Heather Morris – In 1942, Lale Sokolov arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified & shaking, was a young girl, Geta. For Lale, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer it was love at first sight & he was determined not only to survive himself, but to ensure Gita did too. Review: I am a huge fan of historical fiction, but I was apprehensive about reading this book if I’m honest. It’s a true harrowing story & definitely not a ‘feel good’ book, it pulls on every heart strings, I had tears in my eyes at some parts but it’s a story that everyone should read. Every prisoner you fall in love with & their strong determined character, this book is a testament to their endurance of love & humanity under the darkest possible conditions.
Two Can Keep A Secret, Karen M.McManus – Ellery & Ezra are twins in their senior year of high school living with a grandmother after their mother lands in rehab. Echo Ridge is where her aunt went missing at age 16, never to return. Where a Homecoming Queen was murdered 5 years ago. Malcolm grew up in the shadow of the Homecoming Queen’s death, his older brother was the prime suspect. Before school begins the threats start coming, the mysterious threats around town hint that a killer plans to strike again. Then another girl disappears, it’s a race to unravel what happened & the reality that the truth might be closer to home than they want to believe. Review: I read One of Us is Lying last year & really enjoyed it, so I was looking forward to the author’s newest book. Geared more towards young adults, this mystery is a page turner & really did have me guessing & not knowing how the plot would develop as you try to figure out everyone’s secrets within Echo Ridge. Again I enjoy the book being told in alternating perspective & whilst there are a lot of characters that have a link in someway to the killings & dissapearances they are all relevant. I really enjoyed the book, a page turner that was a good really enjoyable read.
Lullaby, Leila Slimani – Successful couple Myriam & Paul have everything; good careers, a happy home life & 2 children. Deciding to go back to work they search for a Nanny, Louise is everything they dreamed of. Experienced & apparently devoted to her work, she cleans the family’s chic apartment in Paris, stays late without complaint but eventually cracks begin to emerge as jealousy, resentment & suspicion increase, until Myriam & Paul’s world is shattered, the death of their children. Review: I was apprehensive about starting this & honestly I really struggled, whilst only short I had to read it in small doses. The book scrutinises society’s view & attitude to motherhood & family life, why does it have to be so perfect. It makes you take a step back & ask questions, the borderlines of is it devotion or obsession. I honestly don’t think I would recommend this book I didn’t get anything from it other than feeling on edge.
Normal People, Sally Rooney – Marianne is the young, affluent, intellectual wallflower; Connell is the boy everyone likes, shadowed by his family’s reputation & poverty. Unlikely friends but later lovers, who ignore each other in the school hallway but talk when Connell picks up his mum from her job as a cleaner to Marianne’s loveless family. Their small town beginnings in rural west coast Ireland are swiftly left behind, until they meet up at University at Trinity College, Dublin. Now she is the cool one & he is lost among this new, worldlier set. Review- I read this in 1 sitting & haven’t done that in a while, the main reason I’d say is the characters, who are so current that it makes even small parts of them relatable. Both have their cracks & in parts it goes unexpectedly dark & emotional. Their relationship more than anything is unbreakable & it’s the foundations of the book as we follow their intense, mismatched love as they battle University, discovering themselves amongst power & class.
Tombland, C.J.Sansom – King Edward VI, is 11 years old. Matthew Shardlake, is a lawyer in the employ of Lady Elizabeth. The gruesome murder of Elizabeth’s distant relative Edith Boleyn takes him & his assistant Nicholas Overtonto to Norwich where he is reunited with his old sidekick Jack Barak. Another murder occurs & Shardlake finds his loyalties tested as Barak get involved with the rebellion & Overton finds himself prisoner in Norwich castle. Review: The 7th in this series which I have loved reading. All the previous books include the same characters so I feel like I know them & their world, we are taken as close as possible to the political & social realities of 16th century Tudor life. Forewarned this book is huge it really took a commitment as it took a while to get started but it’s a murder mystery in a historical fiction world, the disrturbing murder really has you thinking & no details are missed as we are transported into Tudor life.
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The Wedding Date, Jasmine Guilory – On the eve of his ex’s wedding, Drew Nichols is minus a plus one. Until he’s stuck in a lift with Alexa the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend. Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is not something she would normally do but Drew is hard to resist. After their wedding date turns into a whole weekend of fun in San Francisco, Drew and Alexa return to their all-consuming careers – his in LA & hers in Berkeley. Too bad they can’t stop thinking about each other. Review: This has been on my list to read for a while & when I seen it pop up on audible I thought perfect, it the ultimate chic lit book, I imagine if I had read it I would have breezed though it as it’s light, fun & very flirty. I loved how the characters were strong career driven personalities but still loved how they seemed to get absorbed in one another & have fun dates together. Perfect to pack away with you for a holiday read or on a long car journey as it’s fun & romantic.
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