I’m a voracious reader, always have been, but since my latest bout of insomnia I’ve been reading a lot more – what else do I have to do at 3am and cant sleep?
I’m terrible for diving straight into the next book when I’ve read something good. I’ve had such a good time in the world of the book that I don’t want it to end and I jump straight into the next book hoping I’ll get that same feeling.
This sometimes means books blend into one but luckily these last 5 books have managed to stand on their own and not merge into one big book. This is just a quick blog so I’m not going to go on and on about these books, I’m not reviewing them.
I’d urge you all to find your local independent bookshop to get hold of these books. As a past employee of an independent bookshop I know first hand how important it is to hold onto these places. Sure, you won’t get the bargains you can online but trust me, the knowledge the staff have in indepedent bookshops is worth far more than getting a few quid off a book. Seriously, they know their shit and can help you with recommendations, getting hold of unusual books and so much more.
That said, I appreciate that the couple of quid off can make the difference between reading a book and not, and also for those of with restricted mobility I’ve added a link to these books on Amazon.
Here is a list of the last 5 books I read.
I was drawn to this book due to the setting of California in the 60’s and a story concerning a young girl being drawn into a cult. I loved the way this story tapped into the realtionships between girls. It reminded me a little of Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood. I’d definitely recommend it!
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
While I found The Girl on the Train to be a somewhat predictable read, I enjoyed the ride so thought I’d give this new book by Paula Hawkins a go. It’s still a dark mystery and one I really enjoyed. The lives of various women, connected to a pool of water, it’s a real page turned. I couldn’t put it down. Again, it’s one I’d recommend.
Bit of a cheat this one, because I’d started reading it years ago but for some reason never made it to the end.
With the book coming to television I decided to give it another go and I’m so glad I did. It’s such a compelling and epic read without being overwhelming.
I spotted this book having heard nothing about it and bought it on a whim. Again cults play a part in this story and in a really cool way. In the book millions of people are suddenly unable to sleep and no one knows why. This leads to chaos and the breakdown of society but it’s a purely personal story, one I found myself sucked into.
I enjoyed reading the book at the time but after some time passed I felt that actually it was a little lacking but I can’t quite put my finger on what was missing.
I hadn’t heard anything about this book before I read it, it’s a real dark psychological thriller but it falls short in a few areas. At first some of the circumstances and motivations seemed ridiculous but once I got over that I started to enjoy it. It was a quick read and when it was right is was spot on and it certainly kept my attention throughout.
What are you reading? Let me know in the comments!
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