What I’ve Been Reading Lately

What I've Been Reading Lately

The Page Turners

Since January of this year, I have been tracking my habits and hobbies in my bullet journal monthly, tracking daily how often I’m doing the things I need to do (take vitamins and tablets, for example, you know, the fun things in life) and the things I actually want to do (hobbies, 10k steps). For me, it is the perfect way to see clearly what I am managing to get done and just how I am roughly spending my day. One of the little trackers I noticed I had been neglecting more than I wanted to was the ‘reading’ tracker, finding that most days it was going without a pink pastel (yes, I use pastel highlighters, are you saying you don’t?!…) dot underneath it.

Considering how much I loved reading the last set of books I purchased at the beginning of the year (see the post here if you want to know what books I had my head stuck into),

I decided it was time to pay a little visit to Amazon and pick up some new reads that the book world has been loving. Plus, guess who’s now officially part of a book club?! I have definitely hyped that up way more than I needed to, after all, it is only three of us, two of my old school friends and I have decided to start one as we all realised we shared a love of books. Hopefully, there will be cake involved too…

What I've Been Reading Lately Friend Request Laura Marshall

Friend Request – Laura Marshell

Friend Request had me hooked from the very first chapter, completely drawing me into the mystery of whether missing and assumed dead Maria Weston had actually sent Louise a Facebook friend request, right down to the very last page. Flipping between 1989 and 2016, the story takes you an addictive adventure with twists and turns to keep you page turning right until the very end. There weren’t any ’slow’ parts or anything which felt like a bit of a filler, the book simply couldn’t keep me away, it was addicting, thrilling and when I did close that last page, I was so pleasantly surprised at just how much I loved this book.

I love any book that manages to keep you guessing throughout the whole story, the type where you end up questioning every character and their motives and feelings and this book truly mastered that expertly. Marshell also manages to convey emotions perfectly, I found I was feeling truly anxious for the characters and scenarios throughout the whole book and actually, despite, of course, wanting to know the whole story, I didn’t want to turn to that final page.

Friend Request was truly gripping filled with twists and turns throughout every chapter. I really enjoyed how ‘relevant’ it was in regards to social media and online stalking/anonymity etc. I loved it and would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves the physiological thriller genre, this is the perfect addition to your bookcase!

What I've Been Reading Lately The Couple Next Door Shari Lapena

The Couple Next Door – Shari Lapena

The Couple Next Door is one of those books that has gained so much publicity and praise which actually initially turned me off of it. Usually, when anything has such high levels of adoration, I find I put such a high expectation on it (Frozen, anyone?) and then never like it as much as anyone else. But, I gave in and found myself enjoying flicking through the pages of the book just as much as I did Friend Request.

Again, The Couple Next Door captures you from the very first page where you are straight away trying to work out the main couple, Marco and Anne and just a chapter or so in, you are already being taking on the twists and turns and you start doubting everyone and everything. The story has so many different parts of it that you just keep turning every page, completely and utterly immersed in the story of the search for Anne and Marco’s baby girl Cora who has mysteriously gone missing and trying to understand every character as well. It is done brilliantly, you barely see any of it coming and it certainly doesn’t disappoint in the slightest.

This story challenges everything: relationships, trust, family, motherhood, mental illness, lies and crime. Such an addicting read that keeps you page-turning until you’ve read the very last one!

What I've Been Reading Lately Based on a True Story - Delphine De Vigan

Based on a True Story – Delphine De Vigan

Described as a “clever psychological thriller” about friendship, Delphine starts to notice that her unusually intuitive and ‘perfect’ friend stars to ‘turn’ into her. I found that this book wasn’t as gripping as the previous two above and the main reason I kept page turning was the intrigue. For me personally, it took way too much of wait for the story to get really started which normally turns me off but I found the authors anecdotes and stories within captivating enough to keep me reading. I ended up having to really persevere with this book and even now I’m not sure I ‘enjoyed’ it when I finally reached the last page. It was an interesting read and a delve into the human mind and friendships and what we expect from one another but lacked the gripping excitement and fast movement I’m so used to.

It may not have had my typical favourite ‘oh my gosh I need to keep reading to find out what happens!’ excitement that I so love but it had ‘something’. It is calm yet chaotic, it doesn’t rely on cliffhangers every chapter and the story truly makes you feel as if Delphine is your friend too and she is simply recounting the story to you. It’s clever and interesting but took a little bit more perseverance to keep at it.

What I've Been Reading Lately I See You Clare Mackintosh

I See You – Claire Mackintosh

I actually ordered this after the fab Beth Sandland recommended it on her Instagram Stories! Cue a very quick Amazon order. Promising a ‘chilling’ storyline, I stuck myself straight in. No less than three days later, I had turned the final page. I loved the London setting and the idea that someone could be following you or tracking your movements as you do something as simple as getting the tube to work every day is pretty interesting, yet terrifying and the author does a stellar job of making it all seem very ‘real’. Then there is the contrasting but connected story with the police force, with its own twists and turns and story. What I truly loved about this book was that even to the very last page it continued to stay a mystery and still offered so many twists that I never once guessed what was about to happen and I just love that. It keeps me reading and page turning and well… hence why three days later I was done!

The story is incredibly intriguing with characters that immediately pull you in and the mystery and suspense were believable. If you love a book that truly keeps you interested and keeps the story twisting and turning going right up until the very last page… I See You should definitely be on your reading list! Plus, I have definitely started to change up my tube journey since reading this…

What I've Been Reading Lately Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completey Fine – Gail Honeyman

In case you haven’t already gathered… I love a crime and mystery book. Something gripping, something that keeps you guessing. So, even I was pretty surprised when I walked up to the checkout in Waterstones with this book firmly in my hands.

It is simple, the intrigue and popularity pulled me in. Everyone seemed to just love Eleanor Oliphant and I really needed to see what the fuss was about. Reading this book was jarring, wonderful, uplifting and sure, there wasn’t a huge mystery element, but Eleanor’s way of mind, her actions and her thoughts kept me page turning. There were moments I struggled to read, heartbreaking moments and there were moments I genuinely laughed out loud or felt emotional as we jumped into Eleanor’s story.

It is a wonderful story of recovery and friendship and trust but it holds an important message, of how we view ourselves and how we view others. This book and story was a beautiful reminder that we don’t know what is going on behind closed doors and how people truly feel and how they truly see themselves. I have well and truly saved the best till last, if there is one book you read this summer, make it this one, it’s a book that stays with you for a very long time after turning that final page.

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