Not the best reading month for me, only six books finished BUT three of them were 5 Star Books so not a bad percentage? Here’s what I’ve been reading…

The Lying Game – Ruth Ware:
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I did love Ruth Ware’s The Death of Mrs Westaway when I read it last year and so I thought I’d try The Lying Game but to be honest, it didn’t quite do it for me.

The setting, the atmosphere, the characters, the plot were all fine. Twists were fine. I wouldn’t say don’t read it, but for me it wasn’t very thrilling, I didn’t feel like I couldn’t put it down, which I suppose it what I look for in thrillers.

 

Love is Blind – William Boyd:
*****
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The story of a piano tuner in Edinburgh, moving to Paris, falling in love.. there are complications, twists and mixed feelings. It is BRILLIANT. Definitely in the running to be one of my favourites of 2019, I haven’t heard as much about this book as I would like to have.

I now need to go and read everything else William Boyd has ever written. Also, really digging this cover, it’s what drew me to the book in the first place so good job, whoever designed it!

 

Becoming – Michelle Obama:
****

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Eeeeeeeveryone seemed to be talking about Michelle Obama’s book over Christmas and into the New Year so I thought I would give it a go (and I suppose as a bookseller it’s occasionally a good idea to check out the books people are asking about…).

It definitely sparked some interest in me to learn a bit more about US politics and I did find myself wikipedia-ing US presidents after reading this. Michelle Obama is such a strong woman and I enjoyed reading about her life and the part she played in recent US politics. Would recommend.

 

The Age of Light – Whitney Scharer:
*****

43723559I don’t want to say anything too dramatic but OMG YOU NEED TO READ THIS. This is one of THE best debuts I’ve ever read. Sorry to gush, but this book needs hype, it’s amazing.

The Age of Light is a fictionalised retelling of the life of model-turned-photographer Lee Miller and her relationship with Surrealist artist Man Ray and his crowd. It’s definitely a feminist novel, it’s interesting, the narrative is really well done. It makes you want to Wiki all the characters to see who they really were and learn more about them.

It is absolutely fanTASTIC. Are you reading it yet?

 

The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides:
*****
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Amy over at Tomes with Tea told me back in, I don’t know, October? November? That I NEED to read this and leant me her proof and everything and I’m ashamed to say I only just got around to it. I guess psychological thrillers aren’t really my thing?

BUT I’m definitely glad I read it because it was so good, you could definitely read it in one sitting it’s so gripping and readable. Obviously there is a twist, but I think even you have an inkling, it doesn’t ruin it – it’s so well done. If you fancy a quick, thrilling, enticing read, this is the one for you.

Notes From an Exhibition – Patrick Gale:
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1658265Now I went into this quite excited – art, mental health and well, Patrick Gale, but it just really didn’t do it for me. It is my first Gale so I don’t know if he always writes like this but some sentences were just really odd, like not even literary odd, just read-it-five-times-and-still-not-make-sense-of-it odd.

I mean, I wouldn’t say don’t read it, it just didn’t do enough for me. The non-linear timeline was interesting, you got to find out things throughout the book that were nicely related to other things but I finished it feeling disatisfied. Sorry.

 

What have you been reading this month? And what did you think of these books if you’ve read them?

Over and out
Amy x

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