One of my goals for this year was to read more books. Reading is something that frequently falls down my list but I love it. It’s only February but I think I’ve been doing pretty well. Here are my thoughts on what I’ve been reading so far in 2018.
One of Us is Lying – Karen McManus
I was optimistic, at best, of this book. I thought it would be a Breakfast Club/ Gossip Girl plot that I’d read a million times. The plot centres around four characters with little in common other than being the only people in the same room as Simon when he died and the four find themselves suspects in the Murder Enquiry. I really like the way the characters are portrayed, so multi-dimensional. As a reader, you like them all but you know one of them is lying. You want to trust them but you can’t. For so long, I had absolutely no idea who killed Simon and it made it a really enjoyable read. I did work it out towards the end and looking back, there are little clues, but it didn’t take anything away from the story.
Room- Emma Donoghue
I read this as part of my best friend and I’s book swap. Based on a true even, the story is told through the eyes of Jack, a five-year old boy who lives only with his Mother. His mother was abducted seven years prior and they live in a bunker built by her captor. With sound proof walls and electronic doors, the only glimpse of outdoors is through a skylight. Jack believes that ‘Room’ is the entire world. The child-narrator instantly put me off. The idea has never appealed to me as I find it adds more unnecessary detail . While the story is well written, I don’t find the characters likeable and the second half of the book was… underwhelming.
Wilde Like – Louise Pentland
I was really looking forward to this book, I love Louise’s sense of humour and her natural story-telling narrative. Centred around Robin Wilde –great name– and her daughter Lyla. The story is a modern coming-of-age novel for women in their late 20’s-mid 30’s who feel like they’re the only ones without their lives figured out. As 30 is the new 20, there is a need for this story to be told. If you’ve ever felt lonely in the absence of a relationship, if you’ve ever felt like everyone knows what they’re doing and everyone has it better than you, then you need to read this book. It’s heartwarming, relatable and an essential for females everywhere.
The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving A F**K – Sarah Knight
I’m kind of cheating with this one. If you read my Loving and Leaving post, you know I tried to read this book. I love the concept of it. I am guilty of doing things for ‘a quiet life’. The word f**k is overused for a start. Yes it’s in the title but it’s also every third word in the book… instantly boring. The author comes off with so much arrogance and negativity, I don’t want her to be right? It’s so distracting and off-putting. I didn’t even finish the second chapter.
Girlhood- Cat Clark
Another Young Adult novel which centres around Harper and her life at Boarding School. After losing her Twin, Harper seems very settled in her life until she starts to befriend Kirsty, the new girl. I really liked the story, I didn’t really know where it was going but I was onboard. Again, I find far too many YA novels have underwhelming endings. It sort of came from nowhere and the book didn’t come to a natural finish, the last chapter felt rushed and as if the author had run out of time and had to round things up. I’d really like a sequel because I did like it until the end.
If you have any recommendations then please let me know. Likewise if you’ve read or, now want to read any of the books I’ve discussed in this post please leave me a comment and share your thoughts.