Before I had Finn I used to be a real bookworm, I’ve managed to read 10 books on a 1 week holiday before now. I even queued at midnight on the nights a new Harry Potter book came out. A combination of being a busy working mum & a social media addict though has meant that I barely make time for reading anymore, so this new year I set myself the target completing the 52 books in 52 weeks challenge to hopefully find my love for reading again. I’m currently reading book 16, so I’ll talk you through the ones I’ve read this year.
‘The Power’ Naomi Alderman
This has been described as a cross between The Handmaid’s Tale & The Hunger Games so I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into this.
‘The Life Changing Magic of not Giving a F*ck’ Sarah Knight
I really enjoyed some elements of this book and will definitely be taking on board not worrying so much and deciding what’s important. I think it’s a book you dip in and out of rather than get really stuck into.
‘The Goddess Revolution’ Mel Wells
I really enjoyed this book & it’s a refreshing approach to always being on a diet & tied to the scales. I loved Mel’s honesty about her own struggles with her weight, body image & mental health.
‘The Other Child’ Lucy Atkins
This was a bit of a mixed one for me, really gripping in parts & a bit slow in others. There was a lot of unanswered questions. I wouldn’t really rush to recommend this one.
‘Baby Doll’ Hollie Overton
This was quite a gripping read and a good book for holiday when you’ve got time to read it quickly. I really loved Room by Emma Donoghue and this reminds me a bit of that.
‘While My Eyes were Closed’ Linda Green
I really enjoyed this thriller, you are kept guessing throughout. Lisa closes her eyes while playing hide & seek with her daughter. When she opens her eyes she finds her daughter gone, it’s really gripping and I wanted to keep reading to find out what happens.
‘How to Stop Time’ Matt Haig
I absolutely loved this book, so beautifully written, I fell in love with a lot of the characters. Matt Haig is brilliant writer who links the whole story so cleverly. I’ll definitely be reading some more of his books.
‘The Rules Do Not Apply’ Ariel Levy
I started reading this on the plane on the way home from holiday and really got into it, but then was a bit slow to finish it when I got home. I enjoyed her story & writing style but just felt like she jumped from different aspects of her life for me. Still worth a read but not my favourite.
‘ The Keeper of Lost Things’ Ruth Hogan
I really enjoyed this book, the relationships & friendships that develop are lovely and it’s a heartwarming story. I did find the whole twist to it a bit strange though.
‘ Mum Face Grace: The memoir of a woman who Gained a baby and lost her Sh*t’ Grace Timothy. I loved this book it was the perfect mix of funny & serious. It was like having a chat with a mum friend you can be perfectly honest with, all the things new mums are scared to admit.
Kevin & Sadie series Joan Lingard this series consists of 5 books The Twelfth Day of July, Across the Baricades, Into Exhile, A proper Place, Hostages to Fortune. I loved these books and read them all over a few days. We were in Belfast when I started reading them and wanted to learn more about The troubles. These books are all about Sadie a Protestant & Kevin a catholic and the difficulties they face trying to have a relationship in the North of Ireland.
‘Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine’ Gail Honeyman
This is a beautiful book & one that will stay with you for a long time. It really brings home to you the importance of kindness & compassion, Eleanor is a character I think we can all relate to in some ways.
‘The Trap’ Kimberley Chambers
This was a really easy but gripping read, based on 2 brothers in the East of London in the 60’s & 70’s who run a gang. I’ll probably read the rest in the series.