This summer I rediscovered my love for books and, very optimistically, downloaded many books on my kindle. Of the 70+ books I downloaded, I didn’t quite get round to reading all of them. I have a very specific taste, so most of these books are psychological thrillers. Maybe I should have a little disclaimer that I have quite low standards, and I’ll enjoy pretty much any book. I hope at least some of these books will entertain you though! (They really are very fun to read.)
A Simple Favour by Darcey Bell*
I downloaded this because I couldn’t wait for the film release! Anyway, it’s about a mum blogger (Anna Kendrick) trying to figure out the mystery of her friend’s disappearance. There’s also a tonne of weird twists along the way – which makes for a thrilling read.
In the UK, you can see the film in cinemas from the 14th of September. It also stars Blake Lively and Henry Golding. I know that there’s going to be some changes – for example Stephanie is a vlogger rather than a blogger. It’s going to be interesting to see how the film compares 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. The author has an interesting writing style. It starts from the 15th day that Annaleise has been missing and then goes backwards from there.
I did enjoy reading the book, but unfortunately I felt that the ending was kind of underwhelming. Although that might be because I was so invested in it, and I didn’t want the book to end.
The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine*
This was SO good – definitely one of the best books I’ve read. I finished it in just a few hours, poolside in Cyprus. It’s about a woman who has her heart set on stealing her friend’s millionaire husband.
The twists in this book really shocked me, and made me annoyed at myself for not seeing it coming. I’ll stop now because I don’t want to give anything away!
The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood*
I absolutely loved dystopian novels when I was in secondary school. It’s been great to rediscover 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 drama when they find out who the other people that live in their house are.
This book really drew me in, I was thinking about it so much. Because I was only able to read it in small parts, it was part of my life for a couple of months. I’ve already downloaded a few more Margaret Atwood books because I really enjoyed her writing.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart*
We Were Liars has been on my kindle wish list since 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 made me contemplate everything I’ve ever thought… It is almost impossible to see coming!
I’m a bit annoyed at myself for waiting so long to read it. I think I would have enjoyed it more when I was a bit younger, as my tastes have slightly changed.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty*
I am a HUGE fan of Reese Witherspoon, which made me want to watch Big Little Lies. But, I decided to 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 mums of five year olds at a public school in Australia. It looks at the dramatic ins and outs of playground politics. From the beginning, we know that there has been a murder. We don’t know who the victim or the killer are, but there are subtle clues dotted throughout. 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.
I watched the series immediately after finishing the book. There were a few unclear parts, so I was glad that I had already read the book. The whole cast is INCREDIBLE! It’s definitely worth a watch, and I can’t they’re making us wait so long for season 2.
What Books I Re-Read
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. It’s 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).
What Book I’m Reading Now
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. I’m really looking forward to it! It stars Cate Blanchett as Bernadette.
I might end up making this a semi-regular post if I manage to continue reading like this! Although I usually only have time to read for pleasure over the summer, so you might have to wait a year. Please send me book recommendations! I may already have over 80 unread books on my kindle, but oh well.
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