Wednesday 27 March 2019

What I've Been Reading through March

My reading pile has come to a complete standstill while we pack and get ready to move. I haven't picked up a book in two weeks which feels so weird even though I've kept two out to read. I'm feeling really overwhelmed at the moment so I can't seem to throw myself into another book which I am hoping changes once we've moved and we're settled again. Although saying that, I am only eight books off my reading challenge for 2019 which is pretty good going. 

I thought I'd share a little update on four books I have read recently until my slump kicked in one of which is released in May and it's incredible! I'm a big chick-lit lover so there is kinda a theme for this post but I do have a whole host of different genres in my to-read pile. 

If You Could Go Anywhere by Paige Toon
I'm a huge Paige Toon fan and I think I've read almost all of her books so far. If You Could Go Anywhere is due out in May and I was sent a copy ahead of the book being released on 16th May but it is available for pre-order now. The book tells the story of Angie who has always wanted to travel but has never left her small mining town in the Australian outback. After her grandmother passes away she's free to see the world, a hidden letter brings her to her first stop in Europe and it tells the story of family, love and loss. It's beautifully written and the story takes you in no time at all. I love the way Paige writes, she just manages to capture your imagination within a few chapters and you're hooked. I genuinely wait with bated breath for each new release and this is one you have to read. 

To the Moon & Back by Jill Mansell
Another chick lit author I love is Jill Mansell, I have read so many of her books yet still manage to find some I haven't in charity shops which is how I came across this one. To the Moon & Back broke my heart a little, I just couldn't imagine going through what Ellie did. My one major gripe with the book was how Ellie would conjure Jamie up and talk to him, I felt like that really ruined the book for me but pushing that aside it was a lovely read of love and loss which was very heartwarming. It is a great read IF you can ignore imaginary conversations. 

(PS. I've tried not to spoil this by saying what I don't like but you kinda get the gist of the story from the back of the book anyway)

Hot Mess by Lucy Vine
This is one my sister gave me to read and I thoroughly enjoyed it, so much so that I have her other in my to-buy list on Amazon for when my reading pile has gone down a bit. Hot Mess is like modern-day Bridget Jones but even more hilariously and extremely relatable. Ellie is likeable from the offset with her mishaps, accidental shags and more. Her Dad is adorable although his email story wasn't for me and I did skim over that part but the overall book was brilliant! I can't wait to read What Fresh Hell! 

Tell Me a Secret by Jane Fallon 
I've never read a book by Jane Fallon before but after sharing this on my stories so many of you told me how much you loved her, I've since been on the hunt for more and I can't wait to see what else she has on offer. This was sent to me in February and I read it in two days, it was brilliant with a huge unexpected twist I did not see coming, I could not put it down. It was a weird case of I wanted to get to the ending but I didn't want it to end. I just enjoyed it so much and have passed it on to a friend who loved it just as much too! 

What have you been reading recently? 

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