Before I became a mum, I devoted my time to reading. I am a huge lover of books and if I had a day to myself you can place your bets i’ll be sat curled up comfy with a bag of giant chocolate buttons and a book. With that in mind I thought I would branch out a little bit today and share with you 5 of the books that are on my ever growing pile of books to read!
First up is One Night in Italy by Lucy Diamond. I can’t even tell you how long this has been sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read. I think I purchased it in a 3 for £5 deal in the Works (the best place to buy cheap books) based on a recommendation from my sister. This book is one of those that I find super easy and quick to read. My favourite type! I love a range of genres but chick lit is my go to if I want something quick and enjoyable. The story is about 3 women and their ties with Italy. They all attend an evening class to learn Italian and ”as the evening class gets underway, friendships form and secrets from Italy begin to emerge. With love affairs blossoming in the most unlikely of places, and hard decisions to face, it’s going to be a year that Anna, Catherine and Sophie will never forget.” I can’t wait to get stuck into this one!
Paper Towns by John Green is another one I think I will be able to speed through. I saw the film when it came out at the cinema and I enjoyed the story so when I saw this on offer for 50p in Tesco I couldn’t resist. It is a fiction aimed at a much younger audience than myself but I’m sure I will enjoy it anyway. I always always prefer the books to the films so I’m looking forward to see how this one compares. ”Quentin Jacobsen has always loved Margo from afar. So when she climbs through his window to summon him on an all-night road trip of revenge he cannot help but follow. But the next morning, Q turns up at school and Margo doesn’t. She’s left clues to her disappearance like a trail of breadcrumbs for Q to follow. And everything leads to one unavoidable question: Who is the real Margo?”
Everything and Nothing by Araminta Hall is another book that has been sitting on my bookshelf for a while (you may notice a theme of that). It was one of those books where I read the blurb and just couldn’t leave it in the shop, it HAD to come home with me. I went through a phase a few years ago after reading ‘Gone Girl’ of just buying thriller after thriller. I just love the way they grip you and take you through the twists and turns of the plot. Everything and Nothing is promised to ”build to a mesmerising climax in a story that is, at its heart, about thwarted and damaged love.’‘ The gist of it is that a family that welcomes a Nanny into their home. A couple and their two children who seem normal to the outside world but their home is in chaos and they have cracks in their marriage. This, again, sounds like such a good read, I just don’t know which order to read them in!
Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty (surprise surprise) has also been sitting on my bookshelf for YEARS. I actually packed this book into my hospital bag for if I got ‘bored’ during labour. How stupid I was. I did think I might get round to reading it at some point during our 6 day stay in hospital after the birth but nope, every waking moment was filled with feeding a baby, receiving meds and attempting to get some sleep, so nearly 7 months later it still has not been read. I’ve heard great things about this due to it being made into a TV show in the time since I bought it. I’ve not watched the show as I didn’t want to spoil the characters for myself, I like to come up with my own visions of them. I have to say I was gripped from the first line of the blurb: ”It was always going to end in tears, but how did it end in murder?” Just reading it again to write this post has me desperate to make time to pick it up and get stuck in. I won’t say anymore as I’m sure you’ve all heard of it anyway but I think this one has to be top of my list to read!
Last of the five I’m going to talk about today is A Dark Matter by Peter Straub. Now I am definitely guilty of judging a book by its cover – if it has a pretty cover its coming home with me. Whilst this book doesn’t necessarily have the prettiest cover, it does give a great idea of the story and has a review by Stephen King on the front so what’s not to love? I’ll just type out the blurb here for you to read and you will know why I had to buy this book.
”Forty years ago, campus guru Spencer Mallon invited his most fervent followers to attend a secret ritual in a local meadow. All that remained was a gruesomely dismembered body – and the shattered souls of all who were present.
Now, one man is trying to understand what happened to his wife and friends all those years ago by writing a book about that horrible night. As each of the old friends tries to come to terms with the darkness in their past, they begin to examine the unspeakable events hat bound them in ways they cannot fathom, events that have haunted every one of them throughout their lives…” This is another thriller style book and I am all for it!
As you can see, my bookshelf has a wide range of genres sitting on it waiting to be read. I can’t wait to make the time to get stuck in to these books. Back in the baby free days I could finish a book in a day but now I expect it will be more like 3 days. Have you read any of the books I’ve listed? Would you pick any of them up? Do you have any recommendations for books I need to add to my pile? Let me know in the comments below!
Love Laura xx