Books

What I’ve Read Recently (#1)

Recently I’ve really got into reading again. I’ve found my own little reading routine and I’ve found myself getting through a book a week!

I love getting lost in books so I thought, seeing as I’m reading so much, I would share with you what I’ve been reading.

There are so many amazing books out there and I’m really trying to expand the genre’s which I read (so please send me recommendations!!) 

Nina is Not Okay by Shappi Khorsandi ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Nina is a 17 year old who likes to drink. Nina often wakes up with no memory of what happened the night before but after one particularly eventful night, an intervention is called. This book is a beautiful coming of age story which is shocking, dark but also incredibly funny. 

I came across this book after going to see Shappi Khorsandi at a literary festival. She was incredibly funny (and kind) and I knew I had to pick up Nina is not okay. I absolutely loved this book. It gave a really interesting insight into addiction and growing up in general.

Parts of the book were quite shocking and dark and at times I even felt a bit uncomfortable but overall I found the book really enjoyable. It’s one of those books which you get hooked on; you just need to know the full story.

One of us is lying by Karen McManus ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

5 kids go into detention but only 4 come out. The book follows the aftermath of a mysterious death of a student; what caused it and who’s involved. 

When I shared this book on instagram, I got so many messages saying how amazing this book was. However, when I first started reading the book, I couldn’t get into it and didn’t get the hype. Eventually I got into it, I really started to enjoy it and I ended up loving the book. It’s told from four peoples perspectives which was really interesting. After a rocky start, I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone!

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green ⭐️⭐️⭐️

John Green’s majorly anticipated next book follows Aza, who has anxiety, and her best friend Daisy who end up trying to solve the mystery of the disappearance and billionaire boy Davis’ father. 

I’d heard mixed reviews about this book but I was pleasantly surprised by the book. I feel like I connected slightly with Aza and some of her thought processes and I thought her character growth was really interesting. However, I thought the love story aspect could’ve been better and  I found Daisy’s character to be quite annoying. I feel that any time you read a John Green book, you’re always comparing it to The Fault in Our Stars. I don’t think TATWD is on the same level as TFIOS however, it is still an enjoyable read!

Conversation with Friends by Sally Rooney ⭐️⭐️

Frances is a 21 year old student and aspiring writer. With her best friend, and ex girlfriend, Bobbi, they become close to Journalist Melissa and her actor husband Nick. As Nick and Frances grow unexpectedly closer, Frances looks at all of her relationships and tries to keep her life in check.

I read this book in a day but I’m not 100% sure if I actually liked it or not. I found the characters in the book to be slightly insufferable and not very likeable. As for the storyline, I felt it was a little predictable. I also wasn’t a huge fan of how it was written; speech marks were never used which always annoys me, especially because its harder to follow conversations. Overall, I felt quite deflated about the book, especially because I’d had high hopes (someone in Waterstones recommended it to me) but it didn’t really do it for me.

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The inventor of time is punished and becomes the keeper of time. When he is given the task to teach two humans the true meaning of time, we meet Sarah and Victor, both who want time to either end too soon or to slow down.

I love Mitch Albom’s books. His writing style is so enjoyable to read and his stories always have a lesson to take away from them. I always find them so inspiring and I can never put them down. I loved how this book was set out; it’s told from 3 points of view – Father Time (Dor), teenager Sarah and 80 year old Victor. It’s such a unique story and writing style which I personally find really enjoyable!

Tell me in the comments : What have you been reading recently? Have you read any of these? What do you think of them? 

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