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To All The Books I’ve Read This Summer

September 4, 2018

This summer I rediscovered my love for books and, very optimistically, downloaded a TON of books on my kindle. I thought I’d share the ones that I actually got around to reading with you all. I have a very specific taste, so most of these are psychological thrillers. Luckily there’s loads of those for me to go through! Feel like I should put a disclaimer that I have quite low standards, but this just means that I enjoy everything!

A Simple Favour by Darcey Bell
I downloaded this because I was too excited to wait for the film to be released! Anyway, it’s about a mum blogger trying to figure out the mystery of her friend’s disappearance, after she asks for a simple favour. The film starring Blake Lively, Anna Kendrick, and Henry Golding will be released in the UK on the 14th of September and I’m eager to see how it lives up to the book.

All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
I read this right at the beginning of summer, back when football was coming home. It’s definitely an interestingly written book, told backwards. It starts from the 15th day that Annaleise has been missing and then goes backwards. I did enjoy reading the book, but unfortunately the ending was kinda underwhelming for me.

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
This was SUCH a good book! I read it all in a few hours, poolside in Cyprus. It’s about a woman who has her heart set on stealing another woman’s millionaire husband. There’s a few twists where I was so shocked but also annoyed at myself for not seeing it coming!

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
I absolutely loved dystopian novels when I was in secondary school, and I’ve loved rediscovering the genre with books from Margaret Atwood. The Heart Goes Last is about a social experiment where participants spend half of their time living their normal lives, and the other half of their time in prison. There’s a twist when the main characters meet the other people that live in their house when they’re in prison. I was really invested in this book, mainly because I only read it in small parts before bed and I was reading it over a longer period of time.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
We Were Liars has been on my kindle wish list since I got it wayyy back in 2014, but I’ve only just read it. This is a great YA book that I literally did not put down until I had finished it. The ending is so shocking that I had to take some time to process it… It is impossible to see coming! I’m a bit annoyed at myself for waiting so long to read it, especially as I think I would have enjoyed it more when I was a bit younger and my tastes have slightly changed.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
I am a HUGE fan of Reese Witherspoon so, naturally, I really wanted to watch Big Little Lies when it came out – but I decided I’d read the book first. Over a year later, I finally got around to reading it and I am so glad that I did! The book follows three mums of five year olds at a public school in Australia, and looks at the ins and outs of playground politics. From the beginning, we know that there has been a murder and there are subtle clues dotted throughout the book to help you figure it out. I watched the series immediately after finishing the book and it was so helpful to have already read the books as there were a few things that were slightly confusing. One thing that I did before reading the book was looking up the cast of the TV show to help me figure out who to picture in my head, because the cast is so star-studded.

I also re-read some of my all time favourite books – Gone Girl and Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, as well as Room by Emma Donoghue. I reread Sharp Objects because of the new HBO series that was released over the summer and I have to say that it is one of the few things I’ve watched that really lives up to the book! (If anyone wants to message me and talk about it, please do because I have SO MANY thoughts).

At the moment I’m reading Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple, and I’m enjoying it so far. I also just discovered that the film is going to be released next year, and I’m really looking forward to it!

I might end up making this a semi-regular post if I manage to continue reading like this! If you have any book recommendations, please let me know as I am gonna be looking for some new stuff to read.

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  1. I just love, love books. I read them all the time. Of course, I haven’t read all of the books you did (I’ve heard about almost all of them) but I have some, and We Were Liars is one of my all time favorite books.

  2. I always love reading book recommendations! A Simple Favour sounds like an interesting story, especially as it involves a blogger! Iā€™d love to read this and catch the film too. Hope you enjoy it as much as the book. Thank you for sharing <3 xx

    Bexa |

  3. I just love these kinds of posts and discovering new books! I haven’t read Big Little Lies but I watched the TV show at the start of summer and LOVED it. If the show is anything like the book I need to read it! The Heart Goes Last sounds really interesting – I’ve read Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Alias Grace and enjoyed them both!

    Evie x |

  4. Love reading book recommendations and it just so happens that I haven’t read any of the titles you mentioned! I have a Clare Mackintosh crime novel that has been in my TBR pile for ages, but then I might have to download some of these to my kindle! Thankyou for sharing x

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