Wednesday 24 November 2021

My recent reads | November 21

It's been far too long since I shared my recent reads - I've been deep in a reading slump but my recent solo trip to Vilnius left me with a lot of time to read, which definitely pulled me out of it. So I'm finally back with some quickfire book reviews! Let me know if you've read any of them, and obviously I'm always up for book recommendations... 

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Since reading this, I've seen it's being promoted as one of those 'TikTok made me read it' books - this isn't why I read it, but I'm so glad I did. It's a beautiful YA story about rich kids staying on a private island; we follow Cadence, the main character, in the aftermath of a head injury. She tries to piece together the memories she's missing, with the help of her crumbling family. It's so beautifully written and I adored the storyline, and would highly recommend. Buy it here.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Another massively hyped book - and for all the right reasons. This is SPECTACULAR. It took me a while to get round to reading it and honestly, I wish I'd read it sooner. If you've not read it, it's about a journalist tasked with the job of writing the life story of Evelyn Hugo, a mega-famous movie star - we see her life now, as she talks to Monique, and we see her life through her seven marriages. It's just glorious and a great look at fame, sexuality and how secrets can really tear you apart... Buy it here.

The Passenger by Daniel Hurst

This was free on the Kindle, which I've recently got into, and I thought it was great. It's set all in one night, following a woman on her commute and a man who knows she has a lot of money stashed at home; he wants it, and will stop at nothing to get it. This is fast paced, dramatic and has a twist you really won't see coming. Buy it here.

29 seconds by T M Logan

I really like T M Logan, and this book didn't disapppoint; it's about a woman with a creepy letchy boss, and then a random series of events give her the opportunity to pick someone in her life to just ... disappear. Of course, things don't really go to plan and there's a looootttt that happens - it had me second-guessing all the way through and I really enjoyed it. Buy it here.

The Heat Wave by Kate Riordan

I've never read anything by Kate Riordan before, and I really enjoyed this; it's about a woman who returns to her crumbling family home in France with her young daughter in tow, because of a small fire. Her eldest daughter died at the house years beforehand, and this is the first time they've been back. In the French heat, surrounded by wildfires and estate agents and teenage angst, Syvlie has to delve into her past and confront some pretty harsh truths about her family. Highly recommend! Buy it here.

The Midnight Man by Caroline Mitchell

This is the story of an urban myth that ends up being all too real in a divided town, where nobody seems to trust anybody. A group of schoolgirls go to play a creepy game on Halloween night at an abandoned manor house, and one of them doesn't come home. We follow the investigation through the eyes of Sarah, back on the job after a dramatic year and ready to throw herself into solving the crime - but there are many obstacles, dramas, twists... the usual. I would never ever have guessed who the killer was, though, and so if you like a good twist then this is definitely one for you. Buy it here.

A Midsummer Tights Dream by Louise Rennison

I picked this up ina  charity shop recently and read it in a couple of hours; it's part of a series following Talullah, cousin of Georgia from the Angus, Thongs... series. Talullah is a hilarious character, living in a small village away from her parents and attending drama school - she's tall with knobbly knees, is just desperate to be a snogging sensation, and is overall just a bit insane. I read the first one years ago and this is just as good, just as funny and heartwarming. There are plenty of references to Georgia and the Ace Gang so if it's nostalgia you're after, I'd pick this one up for sure. Buy it here.

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