What I’ve been reading recently…

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts. I’ve still been reading but truth be told, I’ve been rather slow at getting through books. I think this is my own fault as I seem to keep picking books where I haven’t really been clicking with the characters. Still I have been persevering, it’s just taking me longer than usual!  I almost feel like I’ve covered some of these blogs on my blog but I can’t find a post anywhere so I shall just presume I didn’t. I swear I am going nutty in my old age.


Believe it or not, I managed to reach the grand old age of 33 without ever having read The Great Gatsby. I decided, in anticipation of the film, I would read the book. I enjoyed the story however I’m not going to lie, I found this book a bit slow and therefore a struggle to read. It was hard to motivate myself to keep going with it but I did get to the end and was glad I did. 

Oh dear. I’m just going to say it and wait for the onslaught, but I just don’t enjoy Lisa Jewell books. I’ve tried, honestly, and I had high hopes for Before I Met You but there’s just something that I don’t get on with. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the book as I did like the storyline, as I’ve mentioned before and will become apparent here, I enjoy anything that works in dual time-frames, it’s more I just can’t see me picking up another Lisa Jewell book as I never seem to love them as much as everyone else does!

I was reading Mariana when I wrote my last “What I’m Reading” post, and was enjoying it at the time. Well I continued to enjoy it and even shed a tiny tear at the end. Really enjoyed this book and it prompted me to seek out a few more Susanna Kearsley books.

I like to soak up anything Disney-related, particularly “behind the scenes” types of books so Stories from a Theme Park Insider was a must-read. It didn’t really tell me anything I didn’t know but I do like to read little anecdotes and have become quite a fan of these type of memoirs – some of the titbits are fascinating!

When I started The Legacy I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it or not. It felt quite slow to get going but I did get hooked in and did enjoy it. I can’t say I was overly fond of the characters, I felt the two main female characters were a bit wimpy really but liked the storyline as it was another dual time-frame. I did think it was easy to predict where the story was going however it didn’t really spoil it in any way.

I’ve always enjoyed reading Kate Morton’s book and The Secret Keeper was no different. In fact I think it might be my favourite one yet and this one is TRIPLE time-frame so I was bound to love it, huh? I really liked the characters in this book and this is one of the few books I’ve read recently that I read quickly!

In my last reading blog post I mentioned the debut novel of Joanne Phillips “Can’t Live Without”, well The Family Trap is a follow-on from that and I enjoyed it as much as the first book. I really warmed to the character of Stella and her assorted family members and I hope that we get to see more of her!

The Rose Garden was my second Susanna Kearsley book – quite different from Mariana but another dual time-frame and another good one. I really enjoyed reading this book and got sucked right into the storyline. I was quite sad when it was over and wanted to know more – which to me is always a sign of a good book.

Oh guess what? Yes YET ANOTHER dual time-frame and this one is by…Alan Titchmarsh?! I know that had me as well and I’ll be honest nearly put me off but The Haunting had good reviews so thought I’d give it a try. I wasn’t disappointed, I enjoyed the storyline and thought the book was well written.

It took me quite a while to get into The Saturday Supper Club but once I got going I found it a light, enjoyable read and it was another that left me wanting to know more about the characters after the book had finished. I could quite happily read a sequel to this as I think that story has further to go.

And that’s my very brief rundown of what I have been reading.

I’m currently reading Lifesaving for Beginners by Ciara Geraghty and then I shall be moving on to one of the following: Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes, The Last Time I Saw You by Eleanor Moran, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and The Night Rainbow by Claire King.

What are you reading at the moment? Have you read any of the above-mentioned books? Would love to hear your thoughts.

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  21. Gone girl and Night Rainbow are both on my TBR list. I’ve never read The Great Gatsby either. I’m half way through And The Mountains Echoed & enjoying it – it’s not got the same punch as The Kite Runner though.

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