What I’ve read recently…(December 2014)

This post has been a long time coming, I’ve been meaning to write it for ages and it seems like I haven’t actually written one of these since last December – to the day! 30th December appears to be my annual reading-post date!

It’s been so long coming I’m not going to fit everything I’ve been reading in so I’m just going to choose a random selection. Hopefully you might find something you would like to read.

I wrote a big list last year of books to read and I failed to make a dent on it but you know why that is don’t you? I keep stumbling across new books to read on Amazon and end up reading them first. My Kindle now has about 250 books on it! I’ll be writing a new reading list post soon but my 2014 one still stands!

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1. The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley. I’m a big fan of Susanna Kearsley because I love dual time-frame books and she manages to combine modern day and history so well. I think this is my favourite of her books that I’ve read so far.

2. The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell. I’ve read several Lisa Jewell books over the past few years and I’ve not enjoyed any of them. I think it’s time to admit defeat and not read any more of them! I keep giving them another go as they come so highly recommended but I’m afraid they are just not for me! 

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3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I had this book on my Kindle for so long and never got round to reading it but knowing I would want to see the film at the cinema I got on with it. I really enjoyed Gone Girl…until the end. Then I was cross. Oh so cross. What a dreadful ending! I felt I had really invested time and energy into reading it and was totally cheated!

4. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. I’m a big fan of the Young Adult genre and similar to above, I knew a film was going to be coming out so needed to read the book first. I loved every single minute of this book and I cried like a proverbial baby. Loved it. Will seek out more John Green to read in 2015.

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5 & 6.  The Lucien Knight Erotic Trilogy by Kitty French. Now the term “erotic” in a book title should be enough to put anyone off but I read these (I’m partway through the last one) when travelling recently. They were recommended to me off the back of 50 Shades, Bared to You etc. They were very easy to read and better than 50 Shades I would say (not difficult, the writing in that was dire) and I liked in this series the characters weren’t too dysfunctional. 

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7. The Dream House by Rachel Hore. I really enjoyed The Dream House and on the back of this have downloaded more books by Rachel Hore. I loved the characters and the storyline in this book and of course, it is again a dual time frame book, slipping seamlessly between the two stories of the main leading ladies.

8. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. The less said about this one the better. Safe to say, I hated it. I resented every minute I wasted finishing this book but I was determined to see it through to the end in case it improved. It didn’t and I really do fail to see what the hype about this book was for, it came so highly recommended! 

Would love to hear your thoughts if you’ve read any of these books, especially Gone Girl and Life After Life which I found to be my most disappointing reads of 2014!

Will be back later this week with my reading pile for 2015.

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4 Comments on “What I’ve read recently…(December 2014)”

  1. Hey. I too read Gone Girl on a recommendation. I liked the writing style but agree the ending was awful, total cop out for a film sequel I felt. I have read a few good books this year. I love Colleen McCulloch The Thornbirds, it’s one of my all time favourites so I read a couple more of hers and have not been disappointed; Bittersweet, Angel and An Indecent Obsession. I also read and enjoyed The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul and The Last Runaway and Calling Me Home by various authors. I also enjoyed both Robert Galbraith novels. My 2 favourites however were The 100 Year Old Man Who Fell Out A Window and disappeared, I thought it was like an alternative Forrest Gump and The Girl Who Save The King Of Sweden by the same author. Highly recommend all of the above.

  2. Gone Girl – struggled with this book from the start basically because the two main characters were so dislikeable but struggled on and the ending was the worst ending of any book I have ever read. The Fault in our Stars was written beautifully, I loved every minute as did my 12 year old and the film was just as good

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