BOOKS | Recently Reads - 4 of the books I've read so far this year

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

I feel like I haven't read as much as I normally would and I haven't been recording what I've been reading. 

Recently I got asked about making some more book tube videos and to be honest I don't feel like I have enough content, but I have managed to make 4 videos on Books I've read, my to be read pile and I thought I'd put some book content on here. 

I stopped doing book tube videos as they get less than 20 views and while my other videos only get around 60 views it just didn't seem worth it but as I love books I'm going to commit to start making them at least twice a month as a minimum. 

Wilde Like Me - Louise Pentland

Initially I had no plans to read this, as much as I like Louise and watch her channel the hints she gave for this book really put me off, the way she talked about it made me think it was going to be the new 50 shades of grey, especially at the time she was changing her channel to be more grown-up friendly.

After speaking to a friend I realised it was nothing like that at all and by this time It was out in paperback I decided to give it a go.

I have to say I really enjoyed it, a lovely funny, quick, quirky read. Characters you want to be friends with and part of me felt like I was reading about Louise and Darcy rather than Robin and her daughter. This wasn't a bad thing and I think if you don't know Louise and her vlogs you will get the same experience from it.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine -Gail Honeyman

This was another book I wasn't interested in reading. There seemed to be a lot of hype about it when it first came out and while we shouldn't judge a book by its cover but the title and cover just didn't really appeal.

I took to this really quickly and it didn't take me long to read it, I did feel a bit of an affinity with Eleanor and it affected me slightly in the very beginning. As the book goes on I can confirm that we are nothing alike.

It does have some hard themes, but it also has funny, touching and lovely moment in it. It looks at childhood trauma, love, life, friendship and I'm glad that I've read it.

The Light Between Oceans - M L Stedman

I  chose this after seeing a trailer for the film, I feel like I get more from a film if I've read the book first and what also appealed to me was it was set in Australia.

The story covers a number of years and is set mainly on a remote island and covers the life of the lighthouse keeper and his wife who have a bleak life and heartbreak while living on this remote island.

When a boat with a dead man and a small crying baby wash up on the island both their lives and the lives of people back on the mainland change forever.

31 Dream Street - Lisa Jewell

I adored this book, I'm a huge Lisa Jewell fan and this book didn't disappoint. It's around 10 years old and I didn't realise it's age until there are a couple of mentions of old terminology such as switch card which made me think she was making up terms but actually using terms that really existed!

Lisa builds such a wonderful cast of characters and each one could be a real person you know.

A shop keeper has watched her neighbours house with its ecclectic mix of tenants wanting a look inside, by chance she get to build a friendship with the owner and she helps him to build up his social skills and gets to know his tenants while building friendships and changing lives

This was a lovely mix of books and unusally for me I enjoyed them all, I would recommend reading them all and I'd give them all a five star rating.

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