Recent Book Reads

Hey gang,
happy Saturday! Even if the weather is a bit miserable and wet.

In weather like this there is nothing better than snuggling up on the sofa, staying dry most importantly, and getting stuck into a really great book – definitely what I am going to do today.
So thought I’d go through some truly fantastic books I’ve read recently for a little reading inspiration. Also recently realised that buying books from a big Tesco is half the price than going to a bookshop – they’re only like 4 quid!

Anyway, so last month I finished Richard Osman’s (the REALLY tall funny guy on the TV) first and celebrated novel The Thursday Murder Club. After seeing the hype this book got I was so desperate to read it but actually I think it wasn’t as good as I was expecting unfortunately.
It’s still a fab read, I’ve given it to my boyfriend to read at the moment, but I think I just expected more. The characters are all well thought out and very much enjoyable. I just wanted the story to go further and deeper or perhaps I needed more out of the ending.
That said I do recommend this book for an easy joyful read about some super nosey old people 😂 with just a splash of murder.

After that I read Claudia Winkleman’s autobiography called Quite.
Super random but I was in the queue for the post office and saw it there and thought I’ve just always liked Claudia Winkleman on the TV and it might be a nice read. That it was, it was such a funny book with Claudia’s wit and charm seeping out of every page. Normally I find autobiographies a bit dull (I don’t really care about celebrities lives to be honest) but this book wasn’t written in a ‘look at me’ kind of way it was just modest. I felt like I was on the DLR with Claudia and we were just chatting away as mates.
Highly recommend

Oh THEN I read a new one from one of my FAVOURITE authors; Marian Keyes. The way she writes is just magnificent and her storylines just catch me every time. I finished Grown Ups beginning of this month. Every character was so in depth, real and I truly felt invested in their stories and lives (I keep thinking they are out there as real people 😂). I always enjoy how Marian writes about real life – the ups and the downs, the shit shows, the no shows, and the great shows – that’s why her books are so successful I think because every single person can relate to the drama. This book just had everything – it made me laugh, it made me cry and it had me gripped from start to finish.
DEFINITELY RECOMMEND.

After that I read a book that I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy quite as much as I did; People of Abandoned Character by Clare Whitfield. Actually I think out of all the books I’ve read this year so far, this one has got to come out on top.
It’s all about a woman who lives in London in 1888 and thinks she’s married to Jack The Ripper. Need I say more? I loved the history around this book with references to the actual Jack The Ripper murders and the street names of where it all happened. I was getting a little freaked out though as I work on Brick Lane in East London and get off at Whitechapel station. So I’m literally reading about the murders on the train then walking through the streets where they happened 😂
Anyway this book is not for the light hearted, if you love a psychological thriller like me then you’ll LOVE this.

Then I went from that crazy world to reading The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri. Oh I adored this book so much. Not my usual read but it was up there with Where The Crawdads Sing. All about a husband and wife’s journey to the UK from Syria. It sounds really depressing but actually it was a wonderful read, full of love as well as despair. The man who’s voice it is written in is just so lovable, I want to give him a hug. The way the writer sets the scenes as well – the way Syria is described by the man who adored his home before the war started. You can tell it’s a good book when I was up in the early hours of the morning reading because I just could not put it down.

Then finally, I just finished this classic psychological thriller called The Serial Killer’s Wife by Alice Hunter. A classic me book and loved it from start to finish. Just could not put it down. Just brilliant and a must read for any fellow thriller & murder fans out there.

So make a cup tea, get in your comfies, maybe even treat yourself to some nice flowers and magazines and let’s snuggle down on the sofa with a great read and a little flick through ❤️
Lots of love gang xxxx

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