Thursday 1 October 2020

Five recent reads | October 20

I have been in such a reading slump since July; with going back to work and a bunch of other stuff, I just haven't really had the time or inclination to read. That said, I have managed these 5 books since my birthday - which was over 2 months ago now. A far cry from the 15 books I read in April, eh? Anyway, here are my five most recent reads!
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera was a birthday present from my best friend, Holly. Obviously the title suggests that it's going to be a sad story but I wasn't prepared for the gut-wrenching sobs that left my body when I reached the end of this book! It follows two teenage boys who both know they're living their last day, who find each other and form a friendship that blossoms and changes shape throughout the time they spend together. It is one of the best books (YA or otherwise) I've read in a long time and I would SO recommend it, but make sure you have some tissues with you! BUY IT HERE.

My next read was The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave - Hollie from Hollie in Wanderlust sent me her copy after seeing it on my book wishlist. It's not my usual kind of book, as fantasy just isn't a genre I tend to enjoy for the most part. But I adored the cover of this and I'm really glad it caught my eye because this is a beautiful story of bravery, friendship and the power of belief. It follows Isabella, the daughter of a cartographer, as she joins in the search for her best friend and tries to save her beloved island from things to come. Gorgeous, gorgeous plot - another recommendation from me. BUY IT HERE.

My mum bought me When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk off my Amazon wishlist for my birthday, and although it took me ages to read because I've been so busy - I loved it. It's a YA story about losing friends and finding new ones, about getting through a tough year and dealing with grief, love and everything in between. The protagonist is a Black girl called Cleo, and there's amazing representation in terms of POC and LGBTQ+ characters. It's a lovely book, and not your typical resolution - a happy ending, sure, just not the one you might expect. BUY IT HERE.

I read Cover Your Tracks* next, a thriller set in Scotland that I have reviewed properly here. Written by Claire Askew, I found it to be a really interesting and twisty tale that I could never have guessed the end of! Would definitely recommend. BUY IT HERE.

Finally, my fifth recent read was To Keep You Safe by Kate Bradley. It follows a teacher who is desperately trying to save one of her students - but is this student *really* in danger? There are themes of sex trafficking and drug abuse throughout, as well as mentions of mental illness, so this is something to be aware of. I loved the plot of this book and there were so many bits that I just didn't see coming at all! BUY IT HERE.

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