5 Recent Reads

recent reads

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…


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.


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!

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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.


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.


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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  • Sophie says:

    I’m really wanting to get back into reading, “How To Be Happy” sounds like my sort of book. I haven’t read it yet, but my mum loved “The Light Between Oceans” and it’s not often she recommends a book!
    “A Thousand Splendid Suns” is also an amazing read. I had to do it for A Level English and I somehow still adore it, which is sayin something! X

    • rbekhaj says:

      Yeah you should definitely give it a try, I couldn’t put it down!
      Aw thank you for the recommendations. I’ll definitely need to add them to my list x

  • Codie says:

    Ooh! I’ve ready Eleanor Oliphant and Wilde Like Me but I’m going to give How to be Happy a try 🙂 x

  • Maj says:

    I didn’t like Eleanor Oliphant, sadly, but I know lots of other people did!! I just finished reading Illuminae which is told in a way I’ve never read before, but I did enjoy it!

  • Jess says:

    The last book I read was ‘Why Mummy Drinks’ by Gill Sims and it was absolutely amazing, so funny! I’d definitely recommend that. I loved Eleanor Oliphant too and I’d love to read The Keeper of Lost Things!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com

  • I’m not sure if you’ve already read it, but I think you should definitely read This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay – it’s fantastic! Anyhow, I got some brilliant recommendations from this post so thank you! x

    Alice // The Rose Glow

  • Nina says:

    Oh I had high hopes for Eve of Man too. That’s a shame. I do have Eleanor Oliphant so I am looking forward to reading that. If you need a new author try Matt Haig – I have loved his books. Thanks for sharing these – I have been looking for some new books.

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