Monday 2 August 2021

My 2021 reads | part 3

It's been a while since my last reading update, and things are still pretty slow on the book front - I'm working loads and seeing friends when I can, and we have had the Euros and the Olympics... but below you'll find a round-up of the 6 books I've read most recently, and what I thought of them!

The Switch by Beth O'Leary

I read the very-popular The Flat Share by Beth O'Leary last year and honestly, I really didn't enjoy it. But when I saw The Switch on The Works, I thought I'd get it anyway and give it a go. And honestly, I was really pleasantly surprised! It's a gorgeous tale about a young woman who takes some time off work, and essentially swaps lives with her 80 y/o grandmother. Leena heads to a sleepy village, and Eileen goes off to live in the big city. It's just really heartwarming and deep and funny. Definitely pick this up if you haven't already!

The End of Her by Shari Lapena

I love Shari Lapena, but this was't my favourite of hers - it was good, don't get me wrong, but she definitely has better options if you're looking for a great psychological thriller. This follows a couple with twin babies, getting their heads around new parenthood when suddenly someone from the husband's past turns up, accusing him of murdering his first wife. Can Stephanie trust the man she lives with, the father of her children? Hmmmm. It's okay, and definitely worth a read, just not the best she's written.

The Hit List by Holly Seddon

I loved this book - it follows Marianne, a year on from her husband's death. A series of events lead to her finding her name on a hit list, and of course she does everything she can to work out the story behind this. It's a really dark and unsettling story, a subject matter we don't like to think about, but so well written and full of suspense. Highly recommend!

What's A Girl Gotta Do by Holly Bourne

I have loads of Holly Bourne books, and I really enjoy her writing. This was no exception - it's about a young girl on her own feminist revolution journey, trying to change things at college in order to start trying to change the world. Her life has its own ups and downs, of course, and it's just a great YA book from a great author.

The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz

My god. This book has one of the best twists ever, and the plot is fantastic, and it's so meta. It follows a failed author-turned-teacher, who steals the plot of his ex-student's novel because said student is now dead. Now the initial success of the book is settling down, Jake starts to worry if someone knows... they do, of course, and it's a whole dun-dun-dun drama. Jake sets off to get to the bottom of who it is, and of course all sorts of things go wrong. I didn't see the ending coming AT ALL, and I genuinely enjoyed this book soooo much.

I Found You by Lisa Jewell

I adore Lisa's books and this was one of her best, in my opinion. Alice finds a man on the beach who has lost his memory; Lily's new, adoring husband has disappeared. Two women go on separate journeys to find out what's going on - and it is unexpected to say the least. Some great twists here, a bit of intensity, plenty of drama and some total loveliness. A must read!

I recently posted a book haul if you want to check that out, and let me know in the comments what you've been reading recently...

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