Recent Reads

Saturday, December 30, 2017

I've been reading a lot recently in a bid to hit my goal of 26 books this year - something which I have actually just managed to achieve in the nick of time! I think I saved the best books until last because I have seriously loved everything I've read recently. Some are classics, some are a lot newer, but they have all been top notch. I thought I'd share my faves, because if you haven't read these then you ought to go and pick them up!

To Kill a Mockingbird

This was actually a re-read as I read To Kill a Mocking Bird for the first time around ten years ago. I thought it was about time to pick it up again and I'm so glad I did - I think I enjoyed it even more this time around! I think a lot of people read this at school, but I never did, which I'm really happy about as I often found that studying books made me not like them (Lord of the Flies I'm looking at you). Set in 1930s Alabama this books tackles themes of racism, society and love, all through the lens of a child. It's just brilliant.

The Handmaid's Tale

Everyone and their mum has been reading, or re-reading, this book recently - ever since the TV series was aired earlier in the year. Not to be one to miss out on the hype I asked for this book for my birthday, and devoured it as soon as I could. Often hailed a 'feminist classic', this book was right up my street. Set in a dystopian, and incredibly misogynistic future, this book is told by a 'handmaid' - a woman whose sole purpose is to be a surrogate-of-sorts for an infertile couple. I'm now desperate to watch the series - I just hope that they have done it justice!


Another classic, I picked this up initially for the cover, but then was dragged in my the storyline. A romance and a thriller in one, this book hooked me from the beginning. Rebecca is the story of a young woman (whose name is never given) who meets the man of her dreams in Monte Carlo and is whisked off her feet. He marries her and takes her home to his estate where she slowly learns about his dead wife Rebecca - despite being long gone the house is still filled with her presence. The plot, the twists and turns, the characters; everything is perfect.

Big Little Lies

Another one which has been really popular this year because of a TV adaptation, I read this one purely because of the hype - and again, I totally loved it. Set in Australia, this book follows the lives of three mothers, the secrets they hold and the public lives that they lead. What you see from the outside is never what is really happening behind closed doors, and this book is the perfect example of that. Wonderfully written, gripping and easy to follow this one has top marks from me! The TV series is brilliant too.

When Breath Becomes Air

I bought this book back in summer, and to be honest I wasn't sure if I even wanted to read it. Although it has great reviews the story is about a neurosurgeon who develops cancer, a topic which I wasn't sure I would be able to handle. For some reason I decided to give it a go anyway, and I'm so glad that I did. For a book with such a sad focus it was deeply moving and inspiring. A must read.


  1. Glad you reached your target of 26 books! I have Rebecca on my TBR - the way you've described it has definitely made me want to read it soon. I loved Big Little Lies too, - I picked up Truly Madly Guilty and The Husband's Secret in the hope that I will love those too!

    Lovely to see you back on your blog xx

    1. Oh you should definitely give it a read - it's so good! xx

  2. I loved Big Little Lies and When Breath Becomes Air too. Sadly, I am a victim of reading To Kill A Mockingbird at school. Just cannot feel the depth of love that a lot of others seem to. Maybe one day!

    1. Oh no that's such a shame - I don't know what it is about school but it just killed the enjoyment! xx


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