With the beginning of this year being spent in lockdown, its no surprise I’ve been reading a lot. Its something I started to get back into in the first lockdown (haa) and I’m really happy I’ve carried it on, because I’ve been loving it. So, I thought I’d share the books I’ve read so far this year (and what I’m currently reading)!
such a fun age by kiley reid.
I’m currently reading this and so far, so good. I’ve never read anything quite like it I have to say, its such a unique concept but I love that. Its about a girl, Emira, a 25-year-old black woman, who is working as a babysitter to raise Briar, a 3-year-old white girl. It’s a story that examines modern racism by depicting the fallout after Emira is hassled and accused of being a kidnapper when she takes Briar to the supermarket. I can’t wait to see how this pans out and I’m sure I’ll share my final thoughts at some point.
the midnight library by matt haig.
My first read of the year. I received this for my birthday back in September and I can’t believe it took me 3 months to actually pick it up. Matt’s writing is always beautiful and I’ve loved everything I’ve read of his. This story is about Nora, a thirty-something woman who is regretful about her life and feels alienated and unneeded in this world. In the depths of her wallowing, she comes across The Midnight Library. In it, each book represents a portal into another variation of what her life could have been. Its an incredible concept that really makes you consider your own life. Just because things could have been different, doesn’t mean they’d necessarily be better.
ghosts by dolly alderton.
I was kindly gifted this as a Christmas gift from my friend Rebecca. I’d read Dolly’s debut novel, ‘Everything I Know About Love’ and it was just brilliant. When I heard she was bringing out her first fiction novel, I knew I was going to love it. Ghosts is about Nina Dean, who has arrived at her early thirties as a successful food writer with loving friends and family, plus a new home and neighbourhood. There’s no solace to be found in her family, with a Mum who’s caught in a baffling mid-life makeover and a beloved Dad who is vanishing in slow motion from dementia. Nina tries her hand at dating apps and meets Max.
I love how this book explores different relationships in Nina’s life, which I’m sure many of us women could relate to. Its a harmless, easy read and I’d highly recommend!
where the crawdads sing by delia owens.
I coveted book in the reading community – because of this, I knew I had to read it haha. The whole story is centred around Kya, a wild and unkempt girl. The book follows the ups and downs of her life. She lives a lonely life, but her story is a hopeful one as well. With a little help, she’s able to survive and even learn to read.
This had a bit of a slow start and I was worried I wasn’t going to enjoy it. However, I persevered and really started to get invested in Kya’s journey. The theme’s of loneliness are prevalent throughout. It leaves you guessing right until the end, which is what kept me gripped the whole way through. Another recommendation from me!
blood orange by harriet tyce.
A good ol’ thriller. Another book I received for my birthday that I only got around to reading in February. I always find I get through these types of books the quickest, mostly because I need to know what happens and this was no exception. This book tells the story of Alison, a lawyer who has just been given her first murder case to defend. But Alison has many flaws and her own life is falling to pieces, and somebody is watching her. How can she defend a murder case when she’s close to losing everything?
This book really did have me on edge the whole time. Its horrifying and gripping all at the same time and had an ending that did not disappoint!
how the pill changes everything by dr sarah e. hill.
I did a whole post on this because wow, so many thoughts and feelings. You can read the long-winded review here. In short, Sarah talks through all the ways in which the pill (hormonal contraception) changes who you are as a woman. From your moods, to sex life and beyond. It’s such an interesting read and definitely an eye opening one. It doesn’t preach or pressure but definitely helps you to form your own decision when it comes to what contraception you’re taking, if any.
then she was gone by lisa jewell.
Another thriller (that I had been meaning to read for over a year, oops) but I’m so glad I finally got round to it. This was super easy to read, I think I got through it in about 3 days which is quick for me. So, this is about a teenager called Ellie Mack, who was her mother’s golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her and then, in a blink of an eye she was gone. Ten years on, Laurel has never given up hope of finding Ellie. And then she meets a charming and charismatic stranger who sweeps her off her feet. But what really takes her breath away is when she meets his nine-year-old daughter. Because his daughter is the image of Ellie.
I thought I’d guessed the ending of this book right at the beginning but I was very wrong. It may seem predictable at times but you definitely have to let it run its course. Its chilling but so gripping, I couldn’t put it down!
What books have you read recently?