Lifestyle: Recently Read #2

I read a lot over summer; I was rarely seen without a book. I regularly had to beg a lift from W to pick up something else to read. I managed to get through virtually a whole bookcase of books I hadn’t read, ones I’d been saving to read for the last four years.

 photo Recently Read_zps3vat7q15.pngOver summer I stuck to actual, physical books. My Kindle was hugely neglected, I even lost it at one point, but it meant I was able to get through the vast amount of books accumulated since I started university. I read anything and everything. Chic-lit. Crime. Psychological thrillers. Murder mysteries. Historical novels. Teen novels. You name it, if it was on my bookcase, it got read. Here’s just some of the highlights….

Behind Closed Doors (B.A Paris). One of the best thriller books I’ve read, infinitely better than Gone Girl in my opinion. The first time I read this I literally had no clue where the book was going for a good half of it, and even in the last chapter I was still guessing the final ended. The writing is excellent, the storyline complex but so believable. A must read.

 photo Recently Read Post Two 9_zpsbg7zj5z4.jpg photo Recently Read Post Two 6_zpsz8f3uool.jpgMe Before You, and After You (Jojo Moyes). The books to read in 2016 it would seem! I definitely enjoyed Me Before You, it’s on the verge of being more chic-litty than I would usually go for, but it was definitely gritty enough to keep me gripped – and of course I cried towards the end! However I absolute HATED After You. I found the story hugely ‘fake’ and the writing seemed as though the book was rushed out. That said, I’d never thoroughly enjoyed a Jojo Moyes until Me Before You, so maybe her writing style just isn’t for me. Oh, and the film was good too, though I preferred the book. The film made me cry was too much.

The Beachcomber (Josephine Cox). One of the older books I read, this is a romantic novel cross murder mystery set in, I believe, the fifties. I find romantic novels from this era so lovely to read, it’s all about the relationship without any smut! Difficult to say much about this one without giving it all away, but if you like romance with a bit of ‘grit’ then this is worth picking up.

Coming Home (Rosamunde Pilcher). Ah, this is one of my all-time favourite books. I have this in hardback and at around 800 pages it’s not exactly a comfortable one to sit and read. That said, the story is so, so lovely. Set in wartime Britain, down in Cornwall, it follows the life of a girl called Judith as she grows into a young woman. It’s not got an overly strong storyline, but rather each character has their own plots. It’s a book I can really lose myself in on a rainy day.

 photo Recently Read Post Two 7_zps7e94bxcu.jpgAn Absolute Scandal (Penny Vincenzi). I treated this a little like prep for worth, perhaps not the best idea! It’s based on Lloyd’s of London collapsing and when I read it a few years ago I loved it. Now, having worked in insurance, it irritates me slightly as it’s inaccurate. Guess I’ve spoilt this book for myself!

The Girl From Nowhere (Dorothy Koomson). I love love LOVE Dorothy Koomson’s books, in fact a good amount of them would feature in my ‘favouritest ever book list’ if I were to write one. I’ve felt some of her later reads were a little flat but I really enjoyed this one. A couple of plot turns, interesting characters and something a bit different from her usual storylines.

 photo Recently Read Post Two 13_zpse1u2khkx.jpgReading an actual book, as opposed to a Kindle, was at first a delight. I loved the more physical feel, it felt as though it slowed my reading pace down and I really appreciated the book. Then it became annoying. Trying to fit a book into my bag although with everything else was both tight and resulted in a sore shoulder. Not having anything to read immediately having finished a book. The wrist ache from trying to read in bed. Now fully reunited with my Kindle (though with it being four years old, it seems to need replacing sooner rather than later) I’m still reading at a ferocious pace. I’m making the most of my commute before I start studying and revising on the tube!

Are you a reader? What books do you recommend?

  • Oooh so ashamed to say that I haven’t read ANY books all the way though this year, oops! I started reading A Year Living Danishly but never finished it. Need to get my teeth stuck into a few more. Thanks for the recommendations! Immy x

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    • ninegrandstudent

      I am ALWAYS reading, but soon I’ll be replacing my book with study materials so gotta make the most of it! x

  • I’m with you on Me Before You and After You – the first book was definitely better! I cried full-on ugly tears at the end haha, it’s not one to read on the train. Dorothy Koomson is one of my favourite writers and The Ice Cream Girls is definitely my favourite book of hers, closely followed by The Woman He Loved Before xx

    Toasty

    • ninegrandstudent

      I think my favourite DK book is still My Best Friend’s Girl, but I do love the two you’ve mentioned! x

  • I’ve been trying to read more again recently, picking up a handful of books from the library. I really want to get some more psychological thrillers because they seem to grip me and get me keen to read them, unlike other books which I can put down for days or weeks at a time. I don’t think I’ve read Behind Closed Doors, will have to look out for it!
    Jennifer x
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    • ninegrandstudent

      I definitely recommend it, I couldn’t put it down!