A while ago I set myself the goal of reading more books, and honestly I’ve not done as well as I would have liked. Like many people I’m sure, I have the habit of scrolling through my phone before bed or binge watching Netflix until I can’t keep my eyes open any longer. But throughout the year I have managed to get through a few books, all of which I’ve enjoyed – some more than others. So without further ado, here’s what I’ve read so far in 2018…
The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
The novel is about four women who were best friends at boarding school and are brought back together twenty years later to deal with a “mysterious” secret of an event that happened during their schooldays. The narrative flits between past and present, giving us some insight into the friendship between the characters. Without spoiling anything, I’ve got to say that I was pretty underwhelmed by the revelation of the secret and I think the whole concept of a ‘lying game’ was pretty underdeveloped. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy this book – it’s an easy read that doesn’t take much concentration and it kept me interested throughout. If you like easy to read, suspenseful novels that don’t keep you up at night, maybe give this a go.
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
“Don’t trust this book, don’t trust these people, don’t trust yourself and whatever you do, DON’T give away that ending.” I really liked this book. It’s a psychological thriller that gets you hooked straight away – a page-turner for sure. This is another novel that switches from past to present, and it’s told from the point of view of different characters. The story centres around the seemingly perfect married couple, David and Adele, and single mum Louise, David’s employee. I can’t really explain the plot because a) it would give too much away, and b) I wouldn’t even know where to begin. All I’ll say is – THAT ENDING!
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Is this the most instagrammed book of 2018? Along with Dolly Alderton’s ‘Everything I Know about Love’, probably. I thought this novel was beautiful. It follows socially awkward Eleanor, who is used to sticking to her fine-tuned routines. That is until she develops an infatuation with a local musician. The book follows her journey of experiencing new things, and her new friendships she makes along the way. It’s funny, it’s happy, it’s sad, it’s heart-breaking all rolled into one. I’d highly recommend giving it a read if you haven’t already.
The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
This is my favourite of the books I’ve read this year, and for a long while. My mum actually lent me it after recommending it to me, and I read it whilst in America over the summer. It follows the life of Cyril Avery, a homosexual man who was born in conservative Ireland during the 1940’s. From his birth to old age, it follows his story and touches on issues such as homophobia, violence, the AIDS crisis and a whole lot more. It talks about the stark reality of being homosexual during a time that was rife with hate and unacceptance. Whilst it sounds like this book is doom and gloom, it’s actually really funny too. The narration (from the point of view of Cyril) is just spot on. No matter how much I try to explain it here, I won’t be able to do this book justice, but honestly – read it.
What I’m currently reading…
So that’s it for the books that I have actually finished this year. I thought I would quickly mention what I’m reading at the moment. I actually have two books on the go currently, which is something I very rarely do. But, one is fiction and the other is non-fiction so that’s my kind of thought process behind that one.
Let’s start with the non-fiction. The Cases That Haunt Us by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker. If you’ve seen the show Mindhunter, this book is for you. If you haven’t, and you’re interested in true crime, I recommend you both watch the show and read this book. John Douglas is a retired investigative analyst and criminal profiler for the FBI. In this book he looks at some well known, unsolved crimes and offers up a fresh look at them. The cases include Jack the Ripper (which I’m reading now), The Zodiac Killer and the JonBenet Ramsey case. My friend, fellow blogger and fellow true crime lover, Danielle from Breakfast Club Blog has kindly lent me this book and I am SO glad that she has. Thanks again Danielle!
Finally, let’s talk about the second book that’s currently on my bedside table which is Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Admittedly, I haven’t gotten too far with this yet as all of my reading energy has gone into true crime, but I have really enjoyed what I have read so far. From what I have read about this book it is very character driven and there is a lot of personal development, something which I typically like from novels, so I have very high hopes. Perhaps I will do another little recap of recent reads in a few months time where I can talk about this in more detail and share my thoughts on it.
Please let me know if you liked this kind of post, and if you have read any of these books be sure to share your thoughts on them with me too!
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