Friday, August 21, 2020

What I've Read Recently

A couple of weeks ago I went on holiday and it really kickstarted me back into my reading and ploughing through a couple more books. I've been trying to read more variety when it comes to my book genres, as I tended to lean only towards chic-lit for the beach lounging days and crime/thrillers for the rest of the time. 

I love seeing other people's recommendations, and although most of these were 3 star reviews which is one of the books that I obviously enjoyed reading enough to read, but I wouldn't call it outstanding, it felt a little cliched in places, flat and a tad straightforward. Obvs a 5 star is a book I loved, would recommend to everyone and will take with me as a book that profoundly has stuck with me. 

I'm on 24/25 of my book reading goal for 2020 which I'm so pleased about, because my to-read pile is getting out of control and I need to continue making more dents in it! You can follow my goodreads account here as well. 

The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary ★★★

I was really looking forward to reading this book, as I had seen endless amazing reviews across the blogging community on it. The book follows a man whose looking for a flatmate to take over his flat during the evenings whilst he's at work and vice versa. They share everything from a bedroom, a bed, the kitchen and a 'few notes', but the one thing being, they never cross paths. For me this is a good-old classic 'beach read', 'chic-lit' style, and though I loved the characters, I just felt it wasn't any different to anything I've read before, but not to say it was a bad book, it just didn't wow me? I obviously knew the ending just from reading the blurb...

The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne ★★★★★

This was a book I absolutely loved which was poignant and beautiful in every way and exactly what I wanted from a book. It follows the story of Cyril Avery who lives and grows up in Ireland. It follows his life story as he deals with all of his inner turmoils in family, friends and growing up in a society he feels unaccepted. I adored this book, the way it was written and I was just pining for the ending I was hoping for. A glorious read!   

Beach Read by Emily Henry ★★★

If you've read the book, "I started with a tweet" it was a near identical book in my opinion. Insert protagonists problem, insert remote cabin/cottage, insert "mysterious man". I just felt this was another one of those, well beach reads. With a margarita in hand down by the pool, it's an easy devour but it didn't offer up anything new for me, but it was a good romantic novel if you're looking for a light hearted read. 

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid ★★★

A book surrounding the themes of race and privilege I was looking to read a book that really hit me with a punch, had a strong storyline and a gripping sense of power. A young black woman is wrongly accused of kidnapping a child who she is babysitting. I was mainly disappointed by the style in writing, the actual beginning of the book, the concept and the premise should have been amazing, but it lacked depth to me. It felt rushed yet it felt as if we didn't "get anywhere" with the story and although understandably a debut novel, I wish if there was going to be a book about these issues, that it was done with a bit more finesse 

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley ★★★

Another three star review, I had high hopes for this book as in the beginning I was totally gripped by it. An old group of college friends, reunite for New Years in a remote cabin in the Scottish wilderness - and there's been a murder. I really got into these characters at the beginning, thought the concept behind the 'murder' and the 'who dunnits' were great, but about midway into the book the "clues" and "hints" were so obviously dropped in throughout. There were also too many random extra storylines that weren't really that necessary in the book, which I suppose were red herrings but they just got a bit out of control! 

My next read is going to be My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell - let me know if you've read any of the above and if you have any recommendations! 
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  1. Thanks for the recommendations, definitely need to check these out.

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    1. Thank you for reading! I love reading other people's book reviews! xx

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  2. I read the hunting party! it wasn't my favourite book as it was a bit different to what I would normally read. I really want to read flatshare though!

    https://www.emilyclareskinner.com

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    1. I love a thriller, and it was good to begin with but then just got a bit silly towards the end! xx

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  3. I loved The Flat Share, it's probably been my favourite read this year! I'm going to have a look at these other books too x

    Lucy | www.lucymary.co.uk

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    1. That's so interesting! I love reading a chic lit every now and again, but I think maybe because it's never going to be 'profound'? I wouldn't give it that high of a rating! I just felt it was totally predictable 1 page in! xx

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  4. Nice recommendation
    https://www.melodyjacob.com/2020/08/poem-to-my-faraway-lover.html

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  5. I just bought the book 'women don't owe you pretty' - it's really really good. I've also heard good things about the flatshare but not sure on the storyline. x

    Zoey | www.zoeyolivia.com

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    1. Yess!!! This is on my to-read list, I definitely want to read it x

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    1. It's honestly a gorgeous read, up there with my favourite this year xx

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  7. I see a couple here I've been intrigued by! I'm finally getting through Scar Tissue at the minute (autobiography) and hoping it kick starts my reading again! xx

    Danielle's Beauty Blog 

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    1. Oh now this is interesting! I've been saying I want to read more autobiographies this year but I've been a bit shoddy with it! xx

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  8. I keep meaning to pick up The Flat Share again as I started reading it last year and could never finish it as I just wasn't in to it! I feel like every time I see someone talking about it though it makes me want to finish it haha x

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.co.uk

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    1. Yeah I just felt it was a little bit meh, totally predictable. I mean it was fine as a 'beach read' chic lit style, but I wouldn't really give it a super glowing review! x

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  9. Well done for almost achieving your reading goal! I haven't read at all recently and it's bugging me... I need to start again! The Flatshare is a book I've wanted to read because it seems like a light-hearted, easy story for entertainment. Thank you for sharing these reviews! :)
    Have a great week ahead Caroline! x

    Julia x
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    1. thank you, although don't bug yourself out with it! Reading it meant to be enjoyed and definitely not something to put pressure on yourself to do xx

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  10. I too gave The Flatshare three stars, I found that there were so many different strings to the story which we never really got any conclusions to. I wished I loved it as much as everyone else! Beach Read is on my TBR list but I feel like it'll have the same effect as The Flatshare on me! Interesting to hear your thoughts on Hunting Party though!!
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

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    1. Oh I'm so glad it wasn't just me! I mean it was totally fine, it was cute, but I feel like as a chic lit, easy read, it's going to be hard to find a book from that genre that is a 5* star, especially when I could guess the ending just from page 1 xx

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  11. Totally agree with you on The Flat Share! I really enjoyed The Hunting Party, though!

    KatieLeanne.com

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    1. I'm so glad I didn't know if I was just being super harsh?!
      I really enjoyed it, but I just felt the ending got so ridiculous at the end with the drugs storyline? xx

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  12. You've got so many great picks in this post, I am desperate to read The Flat Share!
    Grace xx
    gracexkate.com

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    1. Thank you! I would still recommend the flatshare in the sense that it was a good and nice easy read, but I just had a lot higher hopes for it, thought it would have more layers! xx

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  13. Thank you for your book recommendations! I'm actually on the search for a new one so thanks for sharing this :)

    https://www.mariannyc.com/the-woodhouse-lodge/

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post :) xx

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  14. It's always a shame when an anticipated read turns out to be a bit flat :/ The Heart's Invisible Furies definitely sounds amazing! It seems like it has a decent amount of layers as well as excellent themes xx

    brineandbooks.com

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    1. Exactly that's what I loved, and you were just pining for this ending to happen rather than "knowing" it was going to happen, you actually wondered if it really was, and that to me is a good book! xx

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  15. Thank you for the wonderful recommendations, I'll totally check it out!

    xoxo
    Lovely

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  16. I've just put The Heart's Invisible Furies on my to be read list, it sounds like such a great read and something I'd be interested in.

    http://mylovelierdays.com

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    1. It's really amazing, and it's got good reviews for a reason! xx

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  17. I don't know any of the books you mentioned. I love Paranormal Romances books :) I get tones of them on my kindle :)

    https://villemo20.blogspot.com/

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    1. Oh interesting, it's not a genre I read, but I have been saying I need to branch out more in the genres I read as I get a bit samsies! xx

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  18. The Heart's Invisible Furies sounds like a great read, I am definitely intrigued and will add it to my TBR. Great list of books, it was so interesting to hear what you thought of them. Thank you for sharing x

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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    1. It was honestly gorgeous and one of my favourites this year! xx

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  19. The Heart's Invisible Furies seems a really good book!! I'm currently re-reading The Little Prince.

    Have a lovely day xx

    www.aishettina.com

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    1. It's a gorgeous book! Oh I'll have to take a look! xx

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  20. Lovely post, Caroline! Bookish posts are some of my favourite to read. Holidays are perfect for getting through lots of books. Glad you read some good ones too. I’ve not heard of The Heart's Invisible Furies but it sounds compelling. I’m currently rereading The Selection series by Kiera Cass. :-) xx

    Helen | Helen’s Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Exactly I get through so many when I'm on holidays it's madness! Oh will have to take a look, it's been a while since I read a book series xx

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  21. First of all, I am so happy that I stumbled upon your blog. Secondly, 24 of 25 books that bloody fabulous. I tried so hard to read more this year but failed miserably. I thought of making a deal with myself and reading one book a week, so I have a bit of pressure. Or is there such a thing as reading too much as a little one that everything you read now is kind of the same wishi washi stories? I don't know, hope not. So I simply put your The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne on my reading list too and hope I will enjoy it more. Especially this wonderful autumn season. Bisou from Berlin
    http://www.missvoguevoyage.com

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    1. Aw thank you so much! That really means the world to me! I think as long as you enjoy reading that's the most important thing, rather than rushing to make sure you meet a goal, it's super important to actually enjoy your books! xx

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  22. It's a great list, just one I've read. On my own I want to advise almost the classics "Blood Meridian" by Cormac McCarthy. Hard story, but worth reading.

    Mary, writer at https://papernow.org/buy-homework

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