Thursday, 22 January 2015

5 Books I've Read #1

Reading is something I don't talk about often enough, I've mentioned books in monthly YouTube favourites before but never dedicated a blog post to talk about books I love or have read. I absolutely love reading and have done for as long as I could remember.
My family always encouraged me to read and I remember how my Grandad would take me to buy the latest Jacqueline Wilson books and then when I was older my Dad would drive me to the midnight Harry Potter launches!

I recently started using Good Reads and have become a bit obsessed with adding books to different 'shelves'. I love that you can save books you have read, give and read reviews on them and find similar books that may interest you. I've also created a shelf for books I own and will read soon and books I want to read. It's an organiser and book lovers dream!

This year I want to share with you books I've read, loved (or sometimes not) and think you should read too!
(I should probably point out that I'm mostly into books that are gripping and thrilling, not necessarily easy to read romcoms, so some of these books are quite dark!)

Kathy was brought up in Hailsham, a private school in the English countryside, where all students were kept sheltered from the outside world. They grew up knowing they were 'special' and that their welfare was crucial to society. 
When two of Kathy's old school friends reenter her life she has to revisit her past and face the truth about her existence. 

There is little I can say without spoiling the plot, but it left me questioning ethics, genetics and more. It can be difficult to deal with the themes and it will provoke thoughts for discussion but I think that's what books are for. It's a must read! (Don't bother with the film though, it's awful!)

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
One typical day in March, Peter goes to school with a gun instead of books and shoots 10 people dead. After years of bullying he has snapped.
The judge's daughter is the state's best witness but can she remember what happened?

This is chilling because of how close to real life it is. It is an incredibly emotive book that will leave you wondering if it's okay to feel sympathy for the shooter who destroyed many lives but had also experienced so much hate from his classmates and 'friends'.
The plot will keep you guessing all the way through!

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
A wealthy and beautiful family that summer on a private island each year. All seems perfect. 
A group of four friends, The Liars. 

Lies, love, secrets, truth and tragedy. 

I literally do not want to tell you anymore than that. I finished it recently and all I could think was 'wow', it really was not what I was expecting.
It's a very clever book and best read when you know barely anything about it.
Just go read it now!

Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy
When she was 10 Alice did something evil. Everyone would hate her if she knew. 
Six years on can Alice live a normal life and deal with what she did?

This is a haunting book about a child murdered learning to move on from what she did. Instinct tells you to hate her but the plot tells you more about her disturbing childhood and leaves you questioning if she is truly as evil as the media thinks.
I really enjoyed this and the sequel is on my list to read very soon!

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Libby was 10 when her brother killed her family. Since then she's drifted through life living off a charity fund. Now the money runs out so she faces her past to earn more.
Libby's evidence sent her brother to jail but did he really do it? 

Again so little I can say without spoiling the plot, but this is one of my favourite books of all time. It's incredibly dark and disturbing. It keeps you guessing the truth right til the end and has many shocks that kept me completely gripped.
I was actually sad when it was finished I'm going to read it again very soon!

What are you currently reading? I'd love some book suggestions!
If you are on Good Reads please feel free to add me here.


  1. If you liked Dark Places, you must read Sharp Objects and of course, Gone Girl! These are amazing novels, the best I read last year. I'm pretty sure you'll love Sharp Objects :)

  2. I've read and love both those two as well! She's a brilliant witter :) xx

  3. Oh, sorry :p My bad!
    Will follow your recomendation on "Looking for JJ", seems like a interesting plot.

  4. I loved We Are Liars. It's such a clever book with an amazing ending! For some reason I wasn't too taken with Dark Places, I really enjoyed Gone Girl so I think I was a bit disappointed with this one. I'm a big fan of crime/thriller books and Looking for JJ sounds like something I'd enjoy, thanks for the recommendation!

    Sammy //

  5. don't apologise :)
    It's a really good book, interesting idea that could have been written poorly but is actually really well done!x

  6. That's a shame! I loved Gone Girl too!
    I love thriller books too, much more interesting to me than romance or lighthearted books at the moment haha!xo

  7. I love all of these! Especially Dark Places, amazing. Gillian Flynn is so incredibly talented x

    Charlotte / coloursandcarousels

  8. I love the sound of all of these - literally about to order We Were Liars now! I'm trying to read a book a week so love reading book posts. I recently read The Shock of the Fall which was really different :)

    Beth // Bethany Georgina

  9. I actually really enjoyed the film adaptation of 'Never Let Me Go' but I've never read the book. I'm going to read it as part of my 2015 Reading Challenge now. Thanks for doing this review.


  10. I've recently got addicted to good reads too! I've just finished reading 'Into The Darkest Corner' by Elizabeth Haynes... SUCH a good book, includes domestic violence and mental health etc but it's written perfectly. I'm definitely gonna check out some of the above though!

  11. I'm quite intrigued by Dark Places. I've read Gone Girl and though it was disturbing in parts, it was so gripping! Dark Places seems to be just as thrilling.

  12. You'll love it!
    Adding The Shock of the Fall to my list now, thank you!x

  13. I think so too, really hope she releases more soon!x

  14. I loved Never Let Me Go! I'm glad I read the book first though as the film also left me a bit cold xx

    Magpie Jasmine || Palette Giveaway: Urban Decay, Nars, Charlotte Tilbury, Too Faced

  15. I felt the same about the film, much prefer the book!x

  16. Love the sound of some of these!
    Have you read Room and Before I go to sleep? Both really good!
    I just got good reads definitely but need to spend some time adding some books and reviews to it! X

  17. It's so good! You will probably like it if you liked Gone Girl!xx

  18. I'm adding that too my list, thank you!xo

  19. Definitely read the book, I much preferred it! :) Thank you for reading!x


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