I did a post earlier in the year about how I’d set myself the GoodReads challenge of reading 25 books this year…well 10 months later I’m nearly 20 books in and actually so proud of myself and all the reading I’ve got done this year. It’s been such a life saver when work has been super stressful and I’m sure my eye have thanked me for not just staring at a screen every waking hour of the day. I wanted to go through some of the best books I’ve read so far that I’d recommend
Clock Dance – by Anne Tyler
I enjoyed Clock Dance but it was one of those books where not much really happens and it’s more of a spectator kind of novel where you’re kind of looking in on other peoples lives and how they live. So not my usual choice as I normally go for thrillers or something a bit more suspenseful but a really enjoyable read and a nice way to finish a summer of pretty heavy reading.
Three Women – by Lisa Taddeo
I felt like everyone was reading this summer so I picked it up and read it pretty much cover to cover on my flight to Florida in August and really really enjoyed it. I read it so fast but having finished it I do think it was maybe not what it could have been, all three of the women could easily have been the same person. I don’t really think there was much diversity in their stories or backgrounds but it was a really beautiful story to read from three women and and the different aspects of relationships that affect us all and what we can learn from them. I’d be really interested to see what Lisa writes next but I wasn’t as wowed by this as I was expecting to be sadly.
My Friend Anna – by Rachel DeLoache Williams
I listened to ‘My friend Anna’ on audiobook because I remember when the original Vanity fair article came out I was completely hooked to the story so I was really interested to see what the audiobook had to offer. To be honest I didn’t learn anything from the book that I didn’t already know from all of the news articles so a bit of a disappointing read but if you don’t know anything about the story of Anna then definitely pick it up and have a read.
Rising Strong – by Brene Brown
Rising Strong was my first Brene Brown book that I’d picked up and I’ve since been working on another on audio but this is a really interesting concept of a book. Brene has dedicated her life to studying the emotion of shame and it’s ability to effect us at work, in the way we think about ourselves and the way that we form relationships. So Rising Strong was really a deep dive into what to do when you’ve experiences shame or failure and you want to know what to do next. She goes into the three stages of Rising Strong, “The Reckoning, The Rumble and The Resolution” which teaches us how to own our stories of disappointment, failure and heart break and then she teaches you how to turn something that feels catastrophically awful into a new beginning. Absolutely love Brene Brown’s books, my mum has been reading them for years. I’m definitely going to be adding her others to my reading list.
A Spark of Light – by Jodie Picoult
‘A Spark of Light’ is a beautiful book from Jodie Picoult, I’ve not actually read any of her other books before but I know that she is a very well loved the author and that’s what led me to pick it up. So the story follows a group of captive people held in an abortion clinic and it kind of really explores the morality behind abortions and the relationships that go into it and how it can change everything. It’s a really good book in terms of perspective but it was quite tricky to read as Jodie Picoult has written the story in reverse, so it starts at the present moment and then it takes you back hour by hour but I just found that quite tricky to navigate with all of the different characters. Definitely one worth reading and but only three stars from me.
The Light We Lost – by Jill Santopolo
I decided to read ‘The Light We Lost’ at the beginning of my holiday because I’d read back to back books that were quite heavy and all thrillers and I needed something a bit more mushy for a beach read. It covers two people that were once in love and what they do once they’ve decided that they can’t be together, I actually found this a very frustrating book to read I felt like the main character was quite shallow that she didn’t really have much perspective on life and the kind of person that if I was friends with her I would want to sit her down and give her a good talking to, than I wasn’t really a fan of the decisions she made throughout the book, but it was beautifully written and the ending was heart-wrenching, it ticked the box for me on soppy beach read.
The Last Mrs Parish – by Liv Constantine
I read ‘The Last Mrs Parish’ at the beginning of this year and it still one of my favourite books I’ve read all year, I saw it because it was part of the Reese Witherspoon bookclub. It’s a story thats told in thirds and each third is told from the perspective of a different person. The first half is quite mushy and kind of like a chick flick in a book but the second half of the book really picks up and it was so gripping. It really shows what the power of perspective can do and when you’re hearing the story from one character‘s point of you you think you know everything about those characters but then a soon as you hear it from someone else’s point of you everything changes. 100% the book I would recommend reading most out of the list above, I am definitely going to be reading this once I finished my reading challenge at Christmas because I’m sure there are bits of the story I’ve forgotten. I would love this to be turned into a film or three part TV series.
So I’ve only got 5 books left till I’ve reached my goal for the year! If you have any recommendations I’d love to hear them, but I think my plan will be a few christmassy novels, a few cosy romance books and maybe one last thriller!