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What I've been reading - June Update

So I fell off the wagon when it comes to sharing my reading over the last few months... I've still been consuming at the rate of knots but just finding the time to write about what I've been reading has been a challenge. I'm hoping I can do this more often from now on; I actually love chatting about books and hearing suggestions about what I should read next.

What I've read...

Since it's been a couple of months since I last wrote about my reading, I really have read quite a lot! Funny how you don't realise till you see the list. So just a brief comment on each of them!


  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I picked this up after seeing the movie previews, and I'm so glad I did. It's easy reading, and a really lovely story, even if I did shed a tear or two! There are two more books in the series so will pick those up when I can.
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. Another one I read after seeing the previews of the movie (with Oprah no less). This one was a young adult novel, so I decided to read it with my nine year old Emma, and we finished it over two nights. Again, this one was an easy read but really enjoyable.
  • Change How You Think - Be Happier Now by Kate James. Ok, I have to admit it, I gave up on this one. After reading two amazing books that I loved and couldn't put down, this really wasn't for me. It had been on my list for a while, as well as a couple of her other titles, but I just couldn't find the hook. I also don't usually give up on a book, but I decided this just wasn't for me and with so many other books sitting in my pile, I decided to move on. I had also decided that non-fiction wasn't for me at the moment until I read the next one.

Girl, Wash Your Face : Stop Believing The Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant To Be - Rachel Hollis     Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine : Debut Sunday Times Bestseller and Costa First Novel Book Award Winner 2017 - Gail Honeyman     The Light We Lost - Jill Santopolo

  • Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. I follow Rachel on Instagram and decided I'd grab her book, which is all about the negative stories we often tell ourselves that really undermine our confidence. Loved it, especially good for anyone fighting that Mum guilt.
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Get this. I loved it so much, even that hard bits, even the twist I didn't see coming. It was one of those books that sat with me for the following few days, and I didn't jump into a new book straight away, just so I could savour the story. Read it!
  • The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo. This book was on my list after seeing it mentioned in a couple of places online. I enjoyed it, but I could see the ending coming. I love to be surprised (see above).
 The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**K : How to stop spending time you don't have doing things you don't want to do with people you don't like - Sarah Knight     Before I Let You Go : A gripping novel about the unbreakable bond between sisters - Kelly Rimmer    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society : Film Tie-In - Mary Ann Shaffer
  • The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k by Sarah Knight. This is a really light-hearted take on confidence, decision making, and worrying about what other people think. There were some funny moments, but nothing ground breaking. I got it.
  • Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer. Definitely a page turner, just as the jacket says. I read it quickly, I was invested in the sisters and their story. A great read.
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. I didn't want it to end!! I loved this so much, such a sweet, beautiful story and I was so in love with each of the characters. The book collects together letters between its main characters, and for some this may not be their favourite format, but I loved it! After I finished I treated myself to the movie, on my own no less! Now that's something I haven't done before, but will definitely do again.

What I'm reading June / July...

Some of these are in the pile already, some in my cart ready to purchased. It might be a little ambitious, but we'll see!

  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celests Ng.
  • The Lost Flowers of Alice Heart by Holly Ringland
  • The Shape of Water by Daniel Kraus
  • The Book Shop by Penelope Fitzgerald.
  • The Zookeepers Wife by Diane Ackerman.
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris.
  • Daring Greatly by Brene Brown.
  • After You and Still Me by Jojo Moyes

Once again, I'd love to hear what you've been reading, and if you have any suggestions, let me know!



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