Friday, 26 May 2017

Recent Reads | May 2017


Happy Friday! The last few days I have been in Centre Parcs with my family and it has been such a lovely way to spend the tail end of the week. I am also really looking forward to having a chilled out bank holiday weekend and I have all of my fingers crossed that the weather stays just as warm as it has been this last week. Today's post is a round up of the last few books I have had my nose in, and I few that I plan to read in the next few weeks.


The Muse | Jessie Burton

Can I just mention the cover of this book, it is so pretty! I picked up The Muse as soon as it was released as a paperback. I read Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist last year, and I was eager to read her next book when it hit the bookshops. I really enjoy Burton’s writing style and find that I am capsulated in the story line from the word go. She has an interesting way of writing the is fairly descriptive and provides a lot of information, yet the story maintains a fast pace that keeps you wanting more. 

The Muse has two parallel story lines, one is set in the late 1960s in the heart of London, following a young woman who has moved to England from the West Indies to peruse her dream of becoming a writer. The other is set in the 1930s in Spain, following a young artist that is trying to live in a country on the brink of war, with her family. All the characters are linked in an unusual and unlikely way, and Burton drip feeds the links to the reader in a way that keeps you guessing and makes you want to find out what has happened. 

Library of Souls | Ransom Riggs | The Third Novel Of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children

I began reading the Miss Peregrine Trilogy late last year after I received the first novel for my birthday in September. I fell in love with the concept straight away and love the premise of the story. The books follow a young boy who is trying to get closure after the death of his grandfather, only to discover that there are other people in the world that are a little different, just like him.  It uncovers truths about his Grandfather’s life that helps to explain why he is the way he is.

It is a fantasy novel filled with drama, excitement, time travel and mystery. Each of the novels have been a real page turner for me, and I have loved the sense of escapism that comes with reading each book. I would really recommend the series to any fantasy lover that wants an exciting read that isn’t too deep and hard going, a perfect summer holiday trilogy. 


The Million Dollar Blog | Natasha Courtenay-Smith

My dad bought me this book as a present a few weeks ago when I first decided to Take A Leap Of Faith and go part time in order to focus more on my blog. It is a really interesting an informative read that I have been dipping in and out of over the last few weeks. I think that it is useful no matter if you are an aspiring blogger or have been blogging for years and have it as your full time job. It is jam packed with loads of information and I want to make a conscious effort to finish reading it this coming month.

The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry

I have been wanting to read this book since I first saw it on the shelves in Waterstones. I was so tempted to pick up the hardcopy edition but was glad I didn’t when I saw it in Sainsbury’s a few weeks ago on their paperback book charts for just £2.99! Quite a saving from the £20 hardback copy. I am excited to dive in have a read of this highly talked about mystery novel. Hopefully the weather will keep in check and I can enjoy this award winning read outside in the sunshine with some ice cold beverages. 


What have you been reading lately?

Madolyn
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