We’re more than half way through the year (mad I know) and I thought I’d dedicate this post to an update on the books I’ve read up until now.
Read my other books posts here.
Postscript by Cecelia Ahern: A Christmas present from my mom, I read this book in January. The sequel to the extremely successful PS I Love You, I thought revisiting and continuing the story was a sweet idea. The story was lovely, but it didn’t leave a lasting impression on me.
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer: Set in New York, this was an incredible novel that deals with so many different characters yet I was equally invested in them all. Themes of the book vary from feminism, grief and love, I can’t recommend enough.
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty: From the same author of Big Little Lies, she never fails to entertain me with her stories. This time we meet 9 strangers who meet at a health retreat and the questionable rules they must follow.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng: my housemate let me borrow her copy of the book, she wasn’t that gone on the novel but I found it gripping. Set in 1990’s Ohio, the book follows the lives and secrets of two different families living opposite each other in a picture perfect town. The book has now been adapted into a TV show starring Reese Whitherspoon and Kerry Washington.
The Job: True Tales from the Life of a New York City Cop by Steve Osborne: A great premise for an autobiography on a fascinating insight into, what can be, a high risk job. Though the stories were interesting, the book fell short due to the arrogance and sexist tone of the author.
The End of the World Running Club by Adrian J. Walker: I wasn’t too sure about this book when I picked it up from the library but was enjoyable once I got into it. The end of the world has come and a man must run across England to get to his family before the boat leaves to take survivors to South Africa. The author had a talent to make the description of the movement of running, compelling and colourful.
She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb: One of my favourite books this year, it reminded me a lot of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. This novel centers around the main characters and the events of her life that make her the person she is. It’s laced with dark humour, empathy and sadness and was a brilliant read.
The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary: One of those feel good’s that does a great job of creating chemistry between two characters.
Our Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent: I was dying to read this after hearing so many rave reviews. I love a good physiological thriller and this didn’t disappoint. The book opens at a funeral with three brothers, one in a coffin and two standing over him. The story follows the timeline of the brothers lives growing up, the rivalry and secrets. I enjoyed how your perspective of the characters changed depending on who’s side of the story you were reading.
Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisberger/ Take a Chance on Me by Jill Mansell: I picked these up at a book sale and they ended up being my isolation reads when I ran out of books. I’ve put them into the same section as they were my least favourite reads this year, I found them too chic-lit for me with no substance in the stories.
The Oracle Year by Charles Soule: The main character dreams predictions of the future and they start coming true. He decides to bid off the secrets to huge companies and all is going well until the FBI get involved. Refreshing and a different writing style to what I normally read, the author also has previously written for Marvel comics.
Grown Up’s by Marian Keyes: The first book I read when I returned to Ireland and was self-isolating. As usual the story was funny, with witty dialogue and a brilliant talent at getting the Irish quirks and mannerisms spot on.
Anseo by Una-Minh Kavanagh: The author’s debut novel sharing her story of being adopted from Vitenam, growing up in rural Ireland, the racism she’s dealt with and where she found the love for the Irish language. The writing was very similar to the style of blogging and I had been expecting more colourful language and storytelling, but was a good read all the same.
Oh my God What a Complete Aisling by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen: I was never too pushed to give this book a go, mostly because of pure ignorance on my part thinking it was going to be a cheesy story with a stereotype of a typical Irish country girl. But I was surprisingly wrong, the book had so much heart and was genuinely funny.
Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan: Given to me by a friend, this book had big Sally Rooney vibes. Set in Hong Kong, it follows the story of an Irish woman who has moved over to teach and her relationship with and English man and a Hong Kong woman. The main character was extremely unlikable and the writing felt like it was trying very hard to sound clever.