I have been reading a lot recently. I thought it would be nice to start a new series on my blog called Recent Reads. This gives me the opportunity to share my thoughts on the books I’ve been reading whilst hopefully giving you an idea of what to read or perhaps what to avoid!
Without further ado, here are a few of my recent reads…
ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE BY GAIL HONEYMAN
Everyone and their dog raved about this book, so I had very high hopes. Let me just tell you, it definitely didn’t disappoint! I did find the start to be a bit slow, but after a few more chapters I couldn’t put the book down. Eleanor Oliphant is an unusual character, and I couldn’t help but relate to her compete lack of social skills. Eleanor’s best friend is a bottle of Glens vodka, but when a few unexpected friends come along, it seems like life may get a little bit better for Eleanor.
WILDE LIKE ME BY LOUISE PENTLAND
Being a Times #1 Best Seller, I was intrigued to read Louise Pentland’s first novel. Robin Wilde is a single mum. She struggles to fit in with the other mums, and her dating life isn’t exactly going well either. I didn’t enjoy Robin as a main character and I actually found her to be a bit annoying, making this a tough read for me. Whilst I enjoyed the portrayal of other characters such as Aunt Kath and Gillian, the story was not particularly gripping. It felt like I was constantly waiting for something exciting to happen, and unfortunately it never really did… If you like a light hearted read with a touch of romance then maybe you’ll enjoy this, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea!
THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS BY RUTH HOGAN
This was an easy, really enjoyable read. There may not be any exciting plot twists, but the characters are so loveable. Anthony is an acclaimed writer who has spent most of his life collecting lost objects. After losing something important himself many years ago, he feels passionately about reuniting each and every item with their previous owner. Unfortunately, this is not an easy task and Anthony won’t be around forever… Laura, his assistant, is tasked with completing what he couldn’t. The book explores Laura’s trials and tribulations as she tries to fulfil Anthony’s dying wish.
EVE OF MAN BY GIOVANNA AND TOM FLETCHER
Honestly, I thought I’d love this book. Humans are failing to reproduce, and the future looks bleak. However, by some sort of miracle, Eve is born – the first girl to be born in over 50 years. The future of the human race is in her hands. The book explores Eve’s life in the Dome, an artificial world of complete isolation, in order to keep her “safe”. I loved the premise of this book but sadly didn’t love the book itself. The story seemed to drag on, and I was left feeling disappointed.
HOW TO BE HAPPY BY EVA WOODS
Annie has hit rock bottom and has spent the last two years of her life feeling nothing but sad. However, a stranger is determined to make her happy. That stranger is Polly Leonard, a woman who is annoyingly happy and intrusive 24/7. Polly won’t take no for an answer, but she only has 100 days left to help Annie. Annie soon learns that life can surprise you and maybe it’s possible for her to help Polly too… This book was a complete winner in my eyes. It made me laugh and it definitely made me cry! It left me wishing I had a friend like Polly Leonard.
I’m currently reading The Couple Next Door, a thriller by Shari Lapena. I’m only a few chapters in, so I don’t have too much to say about it yet.
If you have any recommendations for me to add to my never ending “to read” list then please do let me know! I’d really appreciate it.
What is the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?
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