I thought I'd get a little book club post out into the world this week as it seems we're all needing something to pass the time, particularly as the weekend is approaching and we're all gonna be stuck inside (or at least I hope you will be, please, if you can stay at home)
It's going to be a little simpler than previous book club posts but I'm hoping that doesn't matter too much in the grand scheme of things. These are the books I've read so far this year but mainly in January as I've lost my reading mojo a little bit but I'm in no doubt it's going to come back in the next few weeks let's be real here.
Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid: My third book by Jenkins Reid and it was a great book to kick start the year and my reading challenge as it was a really lovely and easy book to get stuck in to. A classic chick-lit, romance with a twist as it bounces between two narratives in a sliding doors kind of way. Same characters, same time in life but two very different stories, I really loved it and found it to be a super clever book. I've just ordered two more by Jenkins Reid and I'm so excited to get stuck in. Daisy Jones and The Six and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo are two of my fave books ever by Jenkins Reid so please do add them to your list asap!
Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple: Another really easy and fun read, a book I flew through and completely devoured. A book with real laugh out loud moments but with quite a sad story at the heart of it. A large portion of the book is is told in email correspondence between Bernadette, her doctors, her virtual assistant in India and the mums at school, again a really clever way to tell the story. Really loved it, really excited for the film adaptation and would really recommend it during these uncertain times for a great dose of escapism.
Pieces Of Me by Natalie Hart: Now this book took me a while to get into it but I stuck with it and I'm really glad I did as it was such a great read. Set partly in war time Iraq and partly in Colorado where Emma and Adam relocate once they leave the army... Temporarily. It's a love story with a heartbreaking, poignant and powerful plot! At times difficult to read and tbh unlike anything I've read before when it comes to more current wars, I really enjoyed it and hope to read more from Hart in the future.
Turtles All The Way Down by John Green: I've got to be honest, I didn't enjoy this book, although I did stick with it and completed it. I think this book was my reading demise which is a shame. I've read other John Green books before and really enjoyed them but this isn't one I'd recommend so we may as well leave it at that hey...
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris: One of the most incredible books I've ever read! I didn't want this one to end and was so sad when it did! A heartbreaking and truly poignant read of life in Aushwitz told through the gorgeous character Lale, a Slovakian Jew who is forced to become the tattooist of Auschwit, permanently scrawling numbers onto the arms of his brothers and sisters. I cried my way through this book but truly, truly loved every single page. Please do give it a read!
Freddie Mercury A Life In His Own Words: I was SO excited to read this book, particularly as I absolutely adored Mercury and Me by Jim Hutton but this book, made up of interviews of Freddie Mercury's felt like a major cop out and tbh I felt duped. It was just a load of his interviews over the years smushed together to create an "autobiography" didn't rate it, felt like I'd read it all before as I'm sure a Mercury fan so I just wouldn't suggest giving it a go.
Validate Me by Charly Cox: The second poetry book by the incredible Charly Cox and I loved it as much as the first, She Must Be Mad. There's something about Cox's poems that make poetry really relatable and approachable for all. Whilst I didn't relate to as many poems in this book as I did her first, I still loved how raw and open Cox's poems are, she is spectacular.
Let me know if you've read any of the books above and what your thoughts were 🙂 And please also let me know of any great books you've read as I'm itching to add some newbies to my stash and as always, the other book club posts are linked below.
Lots of love and stay safe