So, as per my previous post, I’ve set myself a reading challenge and, to be honest, I’m pretty happy with how it’s coming along. I’ve read 5 books, out of the total of 40, and, according to Goodreads, I’m right on target for my goal. As I type this, I’m half way through my sixth and have a list of 1984984 books on my ‘to be read’ list.
Below is a list of books I’ve read so far, including some mini-reviews!
BOOK OF THE MONTH(s):
Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland ★★★★★
Okay, I’m the first to admit that I probably shouldn’t still be reading YA fiction (at what point do I stop being a young adult and just become an adult?) but, in all honesty, I love a nice, easy read of a YA book. They’re easy to read, they keep me hooked and this one was no exception.
The story follows a boy called Henry Page who falls in love with someone he never expected, and she wasn’t exactly too thrilled about it either. It follows how truly bitter sweet falling in love can be, as well as the struggles of mental health.
I read this book in one sitting, something I haven’t done in a long time. It wasn’t the most amazing book I’ve ever read or the most original story line; hell, it wasn’t even the best writing style. BUT, this is the first book in a (very) long time that made me truly laugh and cry out loud, something I’ve been waiting to feel and find in a book again for a small age.
The truth is, this book is relatable. All the characters are; the heartbreak, the depression, the pain and all the mixed up things in between. It reminded me of many choices and experiences I’ve had in the past, as well as making me think about how I want certain things to pan out in the future. In a way, I’ve got my own redemption, much like the characters in the book – and that is what makes it truly b-e-a-utiful.
OTHERS IN THE READ PILE:
Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman★★★★★
I read this book as a kid and always vowed I’d read it again as an adult. I literally have no words to describe how much I love it, what it means to me or how much I cry every time I read the last couple of chapters. A love story like no other – one that you should discover on your own, through Malorie’s words and not mine. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
How I Lost You by Jenny Blackhurst ★★★★★
I read this book way back at the beginning of January, so the details are a bit sketchy, but I do know I really enjoyed it.
How I Lost You is another psychological thriller (my library is full of these at the moment!) that tells the story of a woman who has just got out of a psych unit, after being charged with the murder of her son – a crime she doesn’t remember committing. However, one day she receives a letter that makes her doubt everything she was ever told, including if she ever did commit the crime she’s just spent four years paying time for.
Now, I think usually I would have given this book a 4 star rating, but it managed to bag itself another star when there was a plot twist that even I didn’t see coming (and I see everything coming, trust me). It had me on the end of my seat, wanting to know more and I’m honestly so happy with how it all panned out, including the ending.
Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land ★★★★
This book is set to be one of the most extraordinary, controversial and explosive debuts of 2017.
Sure, I really enjoyed this book and MAN I had a book hangover from the ending, but is it going to be the explosive debut of 2017? I’m not so sure.
I read this book following a recommendation by a friend who described it as the best thriller she’d read since The Girl on the Train. It follows a girl who has to start her life over when her mum, a raging serial killer, is caught and sent to prison. The story is based around her journey of dealing with the events, going through the trail and the psychological strains witnessing the things that she did can do to one person.
In all honesty, I wasn’t sure at first, so it’s a bit of a slow burner, however I read the last 120 pages in one sitting. It kept me wanting to know more and I enjoyed the way it explored the mental health side of witnessing a tragedy, something in a way I could connect with. It certainly had me hooked – just be prepared for the strange writing style and abrupt ending.
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult★
This isn’t the first Jodi Picoult book I’ve tried, nor the first to fall flat on its face. I just didn’t enjoy it and, in the interest of being completely honest, I didn’t even finish it. I’ve decided I’m well within my rights as a reader not to finish a book if I don’t enjoy it enough!
So, there you have it – what I’ve read this January/ February! Some absolute corkers, some not so much. As I write this, I’ve just started Caraval by Stephanie Garber, which will either be including in March’s reads, or in a separate post. All I will say is I was MEGA excited to read it, so I’ll keep you posted.
What have you read recently?