My parents always called me a bookworm when I was younger as I was always reading! If I didn’t have my nose in a book, I was begging to go to the library to restock my supplies. I would always take the maximum amount of books out with me and work my way through them all. I still love reading but just struggle to find the time to sit down and get down to it, unless I’m on holiday of course! So I set myself a challenge to read at least one book a month! I’ve started to take my current read everywhere with me in my handbag so I can sneak a few chapters in on my commute to and from work or if I end up having a few minutes waiting time when I’m out and about.
Memories of a Geisha – By Arthur Golden
Set in the 1920s this story is about a young girl who is sold to a Geisha house, where men visit and pay for conversation, dance and singing. After years of training the main character finally makes name for herself until World War Two disrupts all their lives. I had watched the movie first (many years ago) so I decided to read the book to see how it differed and I was completely moved by how beautiful this is written, so much better than the movie! I’m not very clued up on the Japanese/Geisha culture so I found it fascinating to read all about it as it’s so different to anything I know! Highly recommend as it gives an insightful look into another culture which I found captivating to read.
Image of you – By Adele Parks
I don’t like to be negative but I really didn’t click with this book. I felt it was far too long winded and repetitive in certain situations and a bit predictable. Certain sections could easily be halved and in the end I skim read the second half of the book as it was getting a bit boring and I was just waiting for the twist… which turned out to be unrealistic and unbelievable. Not one I would recommend unfortunately!
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – By Gail Honeyman.
I actually picked this book up from the Eurostar station on our way to Paris in March however I didn’t actually read it until last month. It’s another bestseller plus a Costa first novel book award 2017 winner! I think it’s the first time I have ever not liked the main character in a story straight away, Eleanor seems to make a rod for her own back as she lives a very unhappy life, more just surviving than actually living. However when a few things in her normal routine takes a change, she discovers what it is like to not live in isolation. As the book continues past stories unfold and you realise why she is the way she is. A great story, with a great meaning behind it all – never judge a book its cover (no pun intended).
Everything I know about Love – By Dolly Alderton
After constantly seeing great reviews on Social Media of this book I was eager to see what the fuss was all about. It actually became a top five Sunday Times best-seller in its first week of publication, so no wonder there was such hype! It is honestly such a great read and I would highly recommend this to everybody, I couldn’t put it down! It’s different to anything I have read before; it is basically a mini biography of Dolly’s love life from her teenage years through to her twenties, complete with recipes to fix any situation she was in, because food fixes everything right?! I don’t think I have never felt such a wide variety of emotions from one book before, ever. It will make you laugh, cry and feel compassion for the girl Dolly once used to be and the situations she found herself in. I have totally become a Dolly fan girl after reading this, I challenge anyone to read this book and not! I have also just downloaded her podcasts… I will let you know what I think soon.
Still Me – By JoJo Moyers
If you haven’t read me before you or me after you, skip this, read them both then come back as this has to be one of my all time favourite book trilogies! I literally sobbed after reading the first book and then again after watching the film, a great film by the way which is now on UK Netflix. This is a really lovely follow on book from the previous two stories; I finished it in 4 days because I just enjoyed reading it so much and seeing where her life journey goes. It doesn’t pull on your heartstrings as much as the first story but it still has a great ending. So if you enjoyed the first two, definitely finish off with this one!
I am now on the lookout for a few new books to read… do you have any book recommendations?
Thank you for reading!