Thursday 5 May 2022

My recent reads | May 2022

It's been a slow couple of reading months for me as work/life has been crazy busy, but I did want to finally share my most recent reads and what I thought of them!

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

I loved the Hunger Games books and was so excited to read the prequel about Coriolanus Snow, the early Games and where the Mockingjays really came from - it took me a while to get into it but in the end I really enjoyed it, as it gets a lot more pacey in the final third. Really good ending and a perfect addition to the Hunger Games series; I particularly loved how the author weaves in little references to the original series, too. Buy The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes here.

The Couple on Cedar Close by Anna-Lou Weatherley

This was one I picked up in The Works on a 3 for £5 deal (my favourite) and I quite liked it - it's not the best crime/thriller I've ever read but it was decent. It follows a woman on the edge of a divorce, who passes out drunk and awakes to her husbands dead body in the en suite. Naturally the book takes us through a twisty and intriguing investigation... Order The Couple on Cedar Close here.

Trust Me by T M Logan

I've mentioned a few T M Logan books in these recent reads posts, and Trust Me is the latest one I've read. It's soooooo good - a woman is on a train and a stranger leaves her baby with her & simply disappears. The book is all about why the stranger left the baby, and what danger they are now *all* in. It's so bloody good, I'd definitely recommend it. Buy Trust Me here.

The Setup by Lizzy Dent

All hail Lizzy Dent. I got an ARC of this and I was soooooo excited to read it because her previous book, The Summer Job, was just so good. And this is equally as amazing; it follows Mara, a big believer in fate, as she tries to engineer a meeting between herself and the man she has convinced herself is the love of her life - all while navigating friendships, family drama, life in a small town and much more. 10/10 if you read one book from this blog post, make it this. Pre-order The Setup here.

The Killer's Family by Miranda Smith

This was right up my street - it follows a set of three adult sisters who have recently lost both of their parents. In the aftermath, they find out some unsettling news about their father. They react in different ways, and ultimately it plays a huge part in how the next year of their lives turns out. It's full of drama and big questions and ultimately looks at the way tragedy affects families. I'd definitely recommend this one! Buy The Killer's Family here.

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

I've heard a lot about this on TikTok and bookstagram and what have you, but I didn't think it was quite my thing. I've definitely been branching out of my crime-thriller-comfort-zone recently though, and I bloody enjoyed this. It follows arch rivals Olive and Ethan, who end up on holiday together after a whole wedding party comes down with food poisoning. Obviously, the rest is history... A joyous book and a definite holiday read. Buy The Unhoneymooners here.

There you have it, the six books I've read recently among working, travelling and trying to buy a house. Let me know if you've read any of these or have any recommendations!

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