Recent Reads #2

2020 Reads 6 – 10

Good morning! I’m back again with my recent reads! I mentioned in my first post that I had already read ten books so far this year, and by the time you’re reading this I’ll have already surpassed that number! I wanted to split the books up a bit more so I’m going to do my recent books in chunks of five! Books six through ten were quite hit or miss for me but I did step a little outside my comfort zone and I re-read one of my absolute favourites! Without further ado, here are the books!

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Passenger – Alexandra Bracken

Looking back on this book I would probably give it a two out of five stars, it was a sore disappointment. I read The Darkest Minds years ago, and although I never continued on with the series I still really enjoyed it! This had been sitting on my shelves for many years and it was about time I picked it up. It’s a time travel book, which is not something I read a lot of, so I was really intrigued. Sadly, my expectations were not met. This book seriously dragged on but, at times, things were wrapped up too quickly! So many of the characters did not feel fleshed out enough and the insta-love romance was just not it (although it was great seeing a black love interest!). At times the commentary on racism felt very forced and, overall, I quickly lost interest and skim-read the last 100 or so pages. I probably wont ever continue on with the series which is a real shame.

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Girls on the Verge – Sharon Biggs Waller

This book, however, did not let me down! I’m not a big contemporary gal, especially if it’s not centred around LGBT characters, but this one was excellent! I listened to this on audio book and I highly suggest that you do too, if you’re interested in it! It’s a road trip book that’s all about friendship, abortion and standing up for what you believe in. It really highlights how difficult it is for people to get abortions in the south of the US and it really shocked me at times. I loved the friendships and the character growth throughout and it shocks me how underrated this book really is! There’s so much great girl power throughout and I cannot recommend this book enough!

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The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before! This is one of my all time favourite books and I hadn’t re-read it for a good six years! I’m so glad I did and it’s still as beautiful and as lyrical as before! I really don’t have much to say about this except READ IT!! You won’t regret it – it really deserves all the hype that it gets!

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Smoke Gets In Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory – Caitlin Doughty

I picked this one up because it’s one of my girlfriend’s favourite books! It’s non fiction, partially about Doughty’s beginnings working at a crematory (a word I can never pronounce) and partially about the history of different death practices around the world. I was worried going into this. I’m extremely squeamish and I’d heard that there were some particularly gory scenes, but I was very interested in the history aspect. I never guessed that coming out of this book that I’d want more of the gory past of the author and less of the history, which I tended to zone out of while listening to the audio book. This one completely surprised me by how much I enjoyed it and I think it’s a very necessary read to try and get rid of some of the stigma surrounding death in our Western society!

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You – Caroline Kepnes

This one was another disappointment. I’ve not watched the TV show, and honestly I don’t think I ever will (unless it’s for Peach – I love her), but the hype got to me and I picked up this book. Nothing happens in this book. Yeah there’s a couple of murders but other than that, 400 pages of nothing. Except Joe thinking about how much Beck is masturbating. I thought Caroline Kepnes did an amazing job writing Joe, but that’s about it. And it’s definitely not a thriller, that’s for sure. Honestly, with all the hype I guess I just expected a little more from it.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what your thoughts were – I hope you enjoyed Passenger and You more than I did! Let me know what you’ve read recently too so that I can add them to my ever increasing TBR pile! Until next time!

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