Once upon a time…
For me, reading is one of those that I really love to do but rarely find the time for. Which is why, when I spoke of digital detoxing last week, I thought it was the perfect time to get my head stuck into a good book or two. There is something truly magical about transporting yourself into another world through words and your imagination and since I’ve got back into turning the pages, I have really enjoyed immersing myself in all these stories and find myself really making the time to flick through a chapter or two.
In a world of constantly being busy, constantly being online and constantly being updated, reading is a well-welcomed distraction that is relaxing, calming and has the ability to truly help you switch off, even just for a moment or two and distract you from the real and online world. I didn’t even realise how caught up I was with social media and scrolling and likes until I ignored it in place of a good book. So over the past few weeks, I’ve been closing the laptop lid, putting down the phone and diving into the pages. I’ve learnt my favourite genre is definitely mystery and my least favourite is romance (I have no idea why?!) but when it comes to mystery stories, I just can’t help but keep turning the pages, too engrossed to find out what’s happening to stop reading. And that is just the best feeling! Now, I’m no expert book reviewer by far and there are some exceptional book bloggers who will truly put me to shame but I thought I would give it a good go so here are the books I’ve been reading and what I thought!
“In Pretty Honest, Sali Hughes draws on over 20 years of wisdom, advice and expertise to show real women how to make the most of makeup’s physically and emotionally transformative powers. Covering everything from teenage skin to mature beauty, botox to bridal make-up, sickness to good health, it’s a work that is part instruction manual, part love letter to makeup – in a writing style that combines beauty editor, feminist and painfully funny best friend.”
When it comes to beauty books, I do tend to avoid them as I find the tips and styles inside become dated and no longer relevant to the ever-changing trends of makeup and skincare today but when I saw Pretty Honest sitting on a charity shop shelf for just one whole pound, I decided to delve into the book you see at least once per day on Instagram. Hughes comes across as your honest and straight-talking best friend who instantly had me hooked on every word. This book isn’t about trends and how to, it’s a straightforward, aesthetically pleasing introduction into the world of beauty focusing on it all, skincare, basics of makeup including tips for teenagers, mature skin, bridal and professional. The tips are focused on the tip itself as opposed to a specific product though Hughes does suggest her favourites and you automatically trust her suggestions. It’s honest, useful and if you ask me, timeless and what’s best, it isn’t just an Instagram prop.
While My Eyes Were Closed
“One, two, three . . . Lisa Dale shuts her eyes and counts to one hundred during a game of hide-and-seek. When she opens them, her four-year-old daughter Ella is gone. Disappeared without a trace. The police, the media and Lisa’s family all think they know who snatched Ella. But what if the person who took her isn’t a stranger? What if they are convinced they are doing the right thing? And what if Lisa’s little girl is in danger of disappearing forever?”
If you like a real page-turner, then While My Eyes Were Closed is definitely worth a place on your bookshelf. The story is told through three characters and is easy enough to follow as you switch between the different personalities. As far as mysteries go this story is truly fascinating as you read through the hours and days after Ella’s disappearance, frustrating at certain points and slightly slow as you go back and forth but not enough to keep you from finding yourself wanting to read all the time just to find out what happens. The story gets tied up quickly and nicely at the end but the ending felt rushed and not really finished, I closed the book needing to know more but regardless, an incredibly intriguing read that will have you fascinated as you flick through.
“The couple that offers the highest amount will see their daughter again. The losing couple will not. Make no mistake. One child will die. When nine-year-old best friends Charlie and Amy disappear, two families are plunged into a living nightmare. A text message confirms the unthinkable; that the girls are the victims of a terrifying kidnapping. And when a second text message pits the two families against each other for the life of their children, the clock starts ticking for D.I. Kim Stone and the squad. Seemingly outwitted at every turn, as they uncover a trail of bodies, Stone realises that these ruthless killers might be the most deadly she has ever faced. And that their chances of bringing the girls home alive, are getting smaller by the hour… Untangling a dark web of secrets from the families’ past might hold the key to solving this case. But can Kim stay alive long enough to do so? Or will someone’s child pay the ultimate price?”
I can’t sing this book’s praises enough. It’s brilliantly clever, fast-paced and you can’t catch your breath as you race to find out not only what has happened to the two girls but also if Stone is going to solve the case. There is just so much going on in this book and it has so many different stories, twists and turns and there hasn’t been a book that has kept me reading as much Lost Girls in a very long time and I was truly amazed at just how much I wanted to pick it up to find out what happened, how that twist connected to that story, how this or that happened and honestly, I was truly hooked and literally could not put it down. This is how a mystery should be done and Marsons truly excels at it!
What’s on your reading list for this year and what should I be reading next?!
Thank you for reading!