Thursday, March 5, 2020

World Book Day: My Recent Book Reads

Happy World Book Day! I was actually planning on posting this blog post earlier this week as I realised it has been quite a while since my last post but with the realisation that it's World Book Day this week, it seemed apt to upload it today. World Book Day is a day where you usually dress up as one of your favourite book characters, but rather than talk about my favourite ever book, I thought I"d do a review on some of the books I've read this year

I think this book is an amazing book club read. The book follows the story of a recently married couple, Celestial and Roy. Their marriage is soon rocked when Roy gets accused of a crime that he didn't commit and is sentenced to twelve yers in prison. There are so many discussion points to be had and I think everyone will have their own opinions on the themes around the book. My one gripe is that they include a major storyline in the actual blurb of the book which I feel they could have just left the book itself!

So far this is one of my all time favourite books this year, the only one to receive 5 stars. Girl, Woman, Other follows short stories across 12 women in the UK over the course of different years. I find that sometimes short stories are really hard to get stuck into as you don't get enough time to connect with characters however I felt this book was so brilliantly written. It's definitely a long meeting 

Now I don't want anyone to think I don't like a good chic-lit/holiday read. I Heart New York/Confessions of a Shopaholic are my kind of book reads, and I thought About That Night would be totally up my street. Elaine Bedell is the boss of a well known Saturday Night TV Show who has it all. But when her TV host dies live on air, her world is turned upside down. I used to work in TV so thought this would be something I'd really enjoy (not exactly resonate as it's obvs not something that's happened to me) but I felt as if the book was so lack lustre. I didn't particularly like or feel for any of the characters, and felt as if the actual storyline was a bit 'meh' and not exactly ground breaking either. 

I mentioned this book a few blog posts back (I've noticed I've basically have become a book blogger! Makeup blogposts will resume shortly!) but this was another book that I really enjoyed this year. To The book follows the story of Kya, a young isolated Marsh girl who gets caught in the murder of Chase Andrews, a son from a well known family in the town. The book is beautifully written and usually I'm not a big fan of big descriptive books as I find it quite dull after a while, but this book was the perfect balance between story and description. It's moving, tragic, and heartbreaking but beautiful at the same time.

Have You Seen Her by Lisa Hall  4*

It's been a while since I've read a good crime thriller novel (I don't consider the above or About That Night to be under that category really) and I have to say I really enjoyed this book. There were so many parts I thought I knew 'whodunnit' but I hadn't. I felt like I could really envisage the family dynamics and really picture the whole town/story that was being written out.  I felt as if I hadn't read a good proper 'crime thriller' in a while and this was definitely a good'n. 

Let me know if you've read any good books recently or what your thoughts are on any of the above! 


  1. I've seen so many amazing reviews for Girl, Woman, Other, it's definitely one I need to pick up!

    Anika |

  2. Have you seen her sounds like quite an interesting book, I love those that convince you to believing it was X when really it was Y!
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks


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