I’m starting a new series on the blog kinda, I have done book reviews before but I’ve decided to have a bit of a revamp and give it a whole new name for the new year. So welcome to A bundle of books, every few months I’m going to give you a little review of the books that I have read. This really all comes down to how many books I get through but I do want to smash reading in 2019 so hopefully, this will just motivate me even more.
I have six to tell you about today and they are a right good bunch with a mixture of women’s fiction, non-fiction and a good old mystery thrown in for good measure.
Lucy in the sky is the first novel from one of my favourite authors Paige Toon, Lucy is on her way to Australia to watch her two best friends get Married but just as she’s about to take off on the long journey from England to Aus she receives a text a message that pretty much devastates her and leaving her in shock, anger and confusion and with nothing to do but have the message going round and round her head the flight to her homeland Australia is anything but bliss.
What I really liked about this story is that what you think is the plot of the story is really only a subplot and the story is really something more. Paige is great at creating relationships between the main heroine and the love interest, she knows how to write a leading man and how to make me swoon and really root for the couple. It’s a must-read for anyone who’s a fan of the genre and Paige Toon.
Eleanor Oliphant was a book I was seeing everywhere and I was suckered in by the hype. I read the book having absolutely no expectations and with very little knowledge of what it was about other than what I had read from the blurb. Based in Glasgow the book tells the story of Eleanor Oliphant a very peculiar character who isn’t really up with modern life and pretty much lives in her own little world working in her very unremarkable 9-5 job. When Eleanor finds herself at a local gig she becomes enamoured with the lead singer which leads her on the road to a bit of a makeover and trying to be a bit more relevant with popular culture. However, the story is so much more than that and Eleanor finds herself opening up to people she never imagined she would whilst we also discover her story.
I found the whole thing quite fascinating, the story is quite slow and I have heard a few opinions that people found Eleanor unlikeable however I found her character so intriguing I was so curious to try and find out why she is the way she is. I would say that this one my favourite book of 2018; it’s beautifully written and had me laughing out loud but moved me to tears also.
I heart forever is the 7th instalment in the I heart series by Lindsey Kelk. If you haven’t read the series you’re going to have too before reading this. They are laugh out loud books with characters that you will fall in love with. I think this is one of my favourites from the series as it’s completely set in New York and I am a sucker for a book or movie set in NY – Angela finds herself in a whole host of sticky situations once again, juggling way too many balls in the air. It’s going to be really hard to say goodbye later this year as Lindsey releases the final instalment of the series.
Sleepless In Manhattan by Sarah Morgan pulled me in with it’s dreamy New York Skyline cover, I am a major sucker for anything New York Related throw in some romance and I am in.
Sleepless in Manhattan tells the story of Paige and her two best friends who start up their own business although with a hundred other Event Planning businesses she really needs to prove herself not only to her competitors but to her brother who is so used to looking out for his little sister. In swoops Jake, Paiges brothers best friend and most eligible bachelor of NYC. I did like the storyline however, I did think the everything happened quite quickly, I felt there wasn’t a big enough build up. It kinda felt like the book was written as if it was a movie – a few more trials and tribulations would have been nice. It’s a fun read for anyone who loves romance.
Reading non-fiction happens very rarely for me but this book I had seen a lot on the book group I’m In and I read a little excerpt and found it quite amusing. This Is Going To Hurt is a memoir written by an ex-junior doctor now writer and comedian, Adam Kay. The diary entries share and insight into the different experiences Adam encountered during his time in the medical profession. The stories will have you laughing out loud and I mean seriously laughing out loud, whilst also showing you the harsh reality of how difficult the job is. It reaffirmed to me that it’s a job that I would never be able to do and thank my lucky stars there are others who do and sacrifice so much in order to serve the NHS. With its excerpts, it’s such an easy book to read so if you’re looking for a book to get you back into reading this could be perfect.
One thing to note, if you scare easily and are pregnant I would maybe skip this book until after the birth.
Now for a good old Thriller! The Couple Next Door had me hooked by the blurb – Anne and Marco are first-time parents to 6 months old, Cora. They make the controversial decision to leave Cora at home alone whilst they are next door having a dinner date with their neighbours and on their return they find Cora gone. I do love a good who done it novel and I expected that I wouldn’t be able to put this book down. Although I really did enjoy the story I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would, I found the story a little bit slow and the only character I liked was the baby. It is worth a read because the premise is so interesting but you can let me know what you think of the ending. My Dad who reads these kinds of books exclusively absolutely loved it but for me, it wasn’t the best. I didn’t enjoy the writing style greatly, I found the repetitive use of the characters name a little bit annoying. Having said all that I will probably read A Stranger In House which is also written by Shari Lapena as the name just draws me in.