Recent Reads

recent reads

I’ll be honest… I’ve not had the chance to read much recently, but I did manage to get through a good pile of books before uni took over my life. This instalment of recent reads mainly includes fiction (as always), however there is a few non-fiction in the mix too!

If you can’t decide what to read next then hopefully this will help…

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

When the babysitter cancels last minute, Anne and Marco decide to leave their 6 month old daughter at home. Why? They’re going to their neighbour’s house for dinner and the neighbour doesn’t like babies. Checking on her regularly and keeping the baby monitor close by, the parents didn’t expect to return home to an empty cot. It doesn’t take long to discover that this family is full of secrets, and it might just surprise you what those closest to you are capable of. It feels like I’ve been trying to find a good thriller for ages, but unfortunately this one just didn’t live up to my hopes. I really enjoyed the first one hundred pages or so, but I thought the story dragged on after that.

The Multi-Hypen Method By Emma Gannon

I’m not a huge non-fiction reader, so I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one. However, after hearing so much hype about it and Charlotte choosing it for the Blog and Beyond bookclub, I decided to give it a go. I really love Emma Gannon’s concept of a multi-hypenate career, and it’s actually something I can imagine myself aiming for in the future. It felt like there was a lack of advice on how to actually achieve the flexible working regime she raves about though. I would’ve really appreciated some more practical tips and tricks, but overall it was an interesting reading!

The Break by Marian Keyes

With over 600 pages, this is a whopper of a book. Despite the length, it didn’t take me long to finish it! Based in Ireland, The Break follows Amy, a mother of 3, during a strange time in her life. Out of the blue, Amy’s husband decides he needs a break from her and their family. With Hugh heading off on an Asian adventure, Amy highly doubts he will return and she has to learn to live without him. I really loved the wit and humour throughout this story, combined with a really good life lesson or two.

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Friend Request by Laura Marshall

Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook. When Louise sees this notification pop up, the memory of bad decisions and dark secrets all come flooding back. Maria Weston has been “missing” for over 25 years. It’s finally time for Louise to uncover the truth of what really happened, no matter how difficult it may be… Now this is a thriller that didn’t disappoint! Full of little twists and turns throughout, I really didn’t expect the ending. I also thought it was interesting to see the use of social media/internet stalking within a psychological thriller.

Wilde About The Girl by Louise Pentland

If I’m being honest, this is a book I didn’t intend on reading. I didn’t love the first book in the series, but when I came across this in my local library I decided I may as well give it a try. I felt like this book had much more substance than the first. Covering issues like infertility, loneliness and single parenthood, I really enjoyed the way they were tackled with lots of bravery and a little bit of humour too. While still being a relatively easy read, I thought this was a huge improvement on the first book.

The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

The Little Book of Hygge aka the perfect guide to all things cosy. This is a great book to flick through, especially in the colder months. It covers a wide range of things – from cosy Christmas traditions, to being hygge on a budget and there’s even some delicious Danish recipes tucked in there too! It’s definitely not a book I could read in one sitting, but it’s the perfect coffee table book and I think it would make a great Christmas gift.

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What’s next on my list? The Widow by Fiona Barton

I’ve heard good things about this book over on Instagram, so I decided to pick it up when I found it in a charity shop a few weeks ago. I’m looking forward to starting it when life is a bit less hectic!


What have you read recently? Anything good? I’m always on the lookout for new books to read, so please do let me know! 


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  • Catriona Lauder says:

    I recently read ‘The Break’ as well and I really enjoyed it although, it was a bit long in parts… Next up on my list is ‘How Do You Like Me Now?’ by Holly Bourne which was a recommendation I got from ‘The High Low’ podcast, can’t wait to see what it’s all about!

    • rbekhaj says:

      Yeah I agree! There was a few bits that were a bit slow, but I really enjoyed it overall. Ooooh I’ve not heard of that – I’ll need to have a little google.

  • Abina says:

    These books are so interesting. The premise of the first book scared me. Who would leave their baby alone 😱. But these all sound like books I would not mind getting into.

  • Love this. I have the couple next door and what about the girl on my TBR. If you’re still looking for a good thriller, I highly recommend The Fourth Monkey by J D Barker. It’s a brilliant thriller and will keep you on the edge of your seat. X

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