Thursday 21 March 2024

My 2024 reads so far

I have to say, 2024 has not been the most successful reading year for me so far. I haven't been able to get through as many books as I would have liked, due to work being busy and us doing some small house renovations and so on. But with that being said, I have done *some* reading and I thought I'd share my 2024 reads so far with you...

Things We Left Behind by Lucy Score

This is the third & final instalment in Lucy Score's Knockemout series, and I for one thoroughly enjoyed seeing the story continue through the eyes of dark and dreamy Lucian, and girl next door Sloane. The "will they, won't they" could be tedious for some but I knew they would, and I loved the tension that got them there. For spicy reads with a deep backstory, I highly recommend Lucy Score! Get it here.

I Will Find You by Harlan Coben

I'm a big fan of the Netflix adaptations of Coben's books, but I'd actually never read any. I picked this up while on a work trip to London without my Kindle, and it did not let me down. It follows the story of a man who's in prison for killing his son, something he's adamant he didn't do - and when it turns out he actually might not have done it, the drama really starts. It's fast paced and maybe a little far fetched, but a great read nonetheless. Buy it here.

Icebreaker by Hannah Grace

Ice hockey romances seem to be a big business right now, and I had to dip in - I actually really enjoyed this college-age romance, which was far spicier than expected but had some really interesting plot points and fun characters. An easy read but one that I enjoyed!

None of This is True by Lisa Jewell

Lisa Jewell can do no wrong, and I really liked how dark this story was. I listened to the audiobook version and definitely want to read a physical copy, as I'm still not sure audiobooks work for me, but nevertheless I thought the story was so twisted and interesting. Another winner for sure.

Confessions of a Bookaholic by Joslyn Westbrook

I got this on Stuff Your Kindle day last year (if you don't know, get to know) and I read it recently - it wasn't too long, but my god it was spicy. I mean SPICY. It follows a book blogger who's in love with her childhood best friend, and when she accidentally reveals that ...well, it's dramatic. But it's such fun, and a story that had me genuinely gasping from time to time.

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

Another audiobook I listened to, this is again a really twisted and convoluted story that in the end makes you go "duh, obviously" despite the fact you didn't see any of it coming. Cults, abandoned babies, French murders, mansions, secrets... it's got a bit of everything, and I loved it.

Two is a Pattern by Emily Waters

I don't actually read much sapphic fiction, but I thoroughly enjoyed this; set in the early 90s, it's a gorgeous tale of a college spy and an older woman, of deceit and heartache, of the way families and institutions can hold us back from happiness. Highly, highly recommend this one for the twists, turns, and pure love.

So I've managed seven books so far in 2024 which, like I say, isn't many for me. But with more trips to London coming up (meaning more time on trains) and a determination to spend less time looking at screens, I'm really going to try and up this a little. I've also got a brand new 'Bookstagram' account which I would love you to check out here!

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