Thursday 16 June 2022

My recent reads | June 22 part 2

It seems I've been reading quite a lot lately; it's been a slow month in terms of freelance work, which happens every so often - typically it would happen as I'm in the process of buying a house - meaning I've had some spare time. I also went to Download and had 2 long coach journeys so, I really have read my fair share of books recently. Below you can see what I've been reading and what I thought of them!

Welcome to your Life by Bethany Rutter

I adore Beth, having followed her on twitter for years - I've read both of her YA books, and I hadn't got round to reading Welcome to your Life but when it was on Kindle for 99p I could hardly pass up the opportunity could I? This is adult fiction, about a plus-size woman who sacks off her wedding and gets a second chance at life/dating/falling in love; at first she's worried about dating as someone who is fat, but this is a gorgeous journey of a character's self-discovery and finding her self worth... buy Welcome to your Life here.

The Road Trip by Beth O'Leary

Despite not enjoying The Flatshare and being the only one in that camp, I do love Beth O'Leary as an author and all her other books are fab - including The Road Trip. This is all about Addie and Dylan, who have come out the otherside of a tumultuous break up and are (separately) driving to a wedding - disaster strikes and they end up having to drive to said wedding together. The story is a dual-narrative, told from Addie and Dylan's perspectives, and flits been now (the road trip) and then (their relationship). With plenty of hilarious sub-plots and really interesting characters, I loved this! buy The Road Trip by Beth O'Leary here.

Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena

Shari Lapena is one of my favourite authors, and this book was no exception; in the aftermath of the death of a wealthy couple in the States, we follow the investigation as it unfolds. The couple had three children, all of whom will benefit from the death of their less-than-perfect parents - but who did it, and why? And as secrets come tumbling out from every nook and cranny, it only becomes more of a question. I love how the book keeps you guessing right until the end, and even then leaves you on a bit of a cliffhanger... buy Not a Happy Family here.

I Know What You've Done by Dorothy Koomson

I don't think I've ever read a Dorothy Koomson book before, but I really enjoyed this. Another thriller, it takes place on a street in Brighton where a woman has been attacked; she's the local busybody, with 'dirt' on everyone - and nobody wants their secret to get out. The story unfolds in the aftermath of her attack, but also has excerpts from her diary and snippets from past times. It is told from the POV of a few characters, which can make things a bit confusing unless you're really concentrating, but it's an interesting story which again will have you guessing for ages because anybody could have done it. It is also one of the only books I personally have read which makes reference to lockdown, the pandemic, working from home and so on which I found a really interesting addition! buy I Know What You've Done by Dorothy Koomson here.

House Swap by Olivia Beirne

I mainly picked this up because one of the main characters is called Katy, but I absolutely loved this book. It's about two sisters who are near-estranged, one living in their childhood home in Wales and the other living in London. Each thinks the other has the perfect life but when they end up having to swap houses for a week, the facade unravels... This is a gorgeous story about sisterhood, dysfunctional families, and keeping up appearances. buy House Swap here.

Have you read any of these books? Let me know - and if you've any recommendations, I'm always looking to add to the 843 unread books in my office...

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