Friday, 21 November 2014

Books I've been reading...

Quite recently I've gotten back into reading. It's not that I ever had gotten out of it, but I didn't put enough time aside to enjoy reading. Having read Giovanna Fletcher's book Billy and Me, it was inevitable that I would be reading her second book, You're The One That I Want. Just on an aside as to why I read Gi's books, I totally am obsessed with Mcfly and in turn Tom's lovely wife Gi. Now I'm addicted to her Vlogs and her cute little baby Buzz. I'd really recommend either of these books as they are such lovely books to read, my fave is Billy and Me which she has recently followed up with a Christmas novella.
So as I was saying... After reading You're The One That I Want, I decided it was time to get back into the world of books. I took a trip to WHSmith and picked up some books whilst they were on buy one, get one for £1.99. Of these books, I've read three and also one that I had lying around. If you are looking for some books to read in the colder months, here are a few ideas.
The Husband's Secret - Liane Moriarty

The whole of this story takes place in a couple of days but you'd never know it with the amount that happens. The story primarily focuses on Cecilia Fitzpatrick and her daily life but there are two other main characters who feature intermittently in each chapter. (i.e one chapter is about Cecilia's life then another character, then another, then back to Cecilia and so forth.) 
At first, I was put off by this as I didn't understand what was going on but as you keep reading you realise that these characters are all linked and their lives intertwine. Underneath it all, as stated in the title, there is a dark secret kept by the husband that affects all characters.
I really liked this book as it kept you guessing as to what was going to happen. I didn't have a clue what the secret would be and I didn't know how it would play out. It's really refreshing when you don't already guess the ending. I'd recommend this to people who are interested in chick flicks with a deeper more sinister level to them.
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

This had been sitting on my bookshelf for a while until I decided it was time to read it. I knew from the movie trailer, that I had to hold back tears to watch, that it would be a sad book. It is about cancer after all. The book follows two young people with a blossoming love that is tainted by cancer. Throughout the book, I had so much hope for the two main characters but in the end, you know that it is futile and that something will happen. And it did, I won't tell you what but get the tissues ready! This book also features a trip to Amsterdam which is different as you get to read about it through their perspective.
I'd recommend this to anyone who loves a love story. It may be tragic but it is definitely worth a read. After this, I watched the movie and as I knew what was coming I practically sobbed the whole way through.
The Hidden Cottage - Erica James

This is the one I've most recently finished. Probably the largest book with the smallest text! It follows a family living in the small town of Little Pelham focusing on the mother, Mia. It is a pretty average story mainly following the daily life of the family including the dad who works away, the son and daughters who live in different locations but come and visit. In the midst of this, a new guy moves into town and stirs up some new chatter. The story delves into each of the family's problems and secrets as well as highlighting the different relationships.
Although I don't seem to be selling this very well, it is a lovely book. I do still wish I was still reading it just to be back in Little Pelham with Mia and the family.
The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion

This again is another love story that I didn't know if I'd enjoy. It was a recommendation from Giovanna on one of her vlogs so I thought I'd give it a go. At first, when I started reading I felt that the main character was very much like Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory, whom I despise because of his constant need to be right and have things his way with no one else's' opinion mattering. I did consider putting the book down but I'm glad I didn't because when it went on he became more relaxed and I grew to like him more and more. When he meets Rosie it is great to see the relationship between them and what adventures they get up to.
This would be for someone who likes a good chick flick/love story but with a difference. I really want to read the second book in this series 'The Rosie Effect' which hopefully I'm getting for Christmas! Fingers crossed!

Have you read any of these books? What do you think? Any you can suggest for me to read based on these?

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