Monthly Recap: March19

So I managed to squeeze in quite a bit of reading last month! We’re definitely feeling autumn which is my favourite time of year I think. Because I just love the cold mornings but sunny days it means reading outside all wrapped up or being able to be all cozy inside without feeling guilty!
99 Percent Mine by Sally Rooney

So I don’t normally go for romance but this came highly recommded by a friend. And…. still not really my thing however I did enjoy this novel despite it being about not much at all. If you need a cruisy easy to read for the beach this is a good pick. Or if beautiful builders are your cup of tea 😉

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Ugh, I was so hyped for this one!! And it just didn’t really gel for me. Though I LOVED the premise, I thought that was really well done but somewhere along the line, the story became very predictable. It also took me a couple of days to unpack my thoughts on this one… I think I just really wanted to like it more than I did.

My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

I LOVED this story. Such a different way of approacing the thriller genre and really well written. The characters were super compelling and while the length of the novel is quite short I think it does everything justice. I’m really looking forward to more from this author.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Firstly this was another bookstagram recommendation. And what an incredible story. I could not put it down! Am only sorry I didn’t pick it up sooner. The characters were so interesting and both likeable but not at the same time. I really enjoyed the way the story was put together –  the way Tartt depicts some of the less savoury elements of university. Highly recommended.

Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E Smith

Full disclosure. I did not finish this book. I wanted to like it, I really did. But unfortunately it was SO BORING. Cliche story, cliche characters…. boy meets girl…. falls in love…. blah blah blah and unfortunately I realised I just did not care if they ended up together or not. Regret.

The Peacock Emporium by Jojo Moyes

Another story of a young woman who finds new meaning in her life after opening a little coffee bar called The Peacock Emporium and where she comes to terms with the secrets in her past. This sounds really cute! And I loved Jojo Moyes Me Before You series so definitely curious about this one

Normal People by Sally Rooney

I still haven’t picked up Conversations with Friends however have heard only good things. Normal People is Sally Rooney’s second novel and is a political story also about love. It has been described as a book about how difficult it is to speak to what you feel and how difficult it is to change. I’m definitely intrigued and think I’ll save this for a free afternoon to lose myself in it.

The Invited by Jennifer McMahon

A story about a husband and wife who don’t move into a haunted house – they start building one from scratch – which sounds absolutely terrifying! I’m really interested in this different take on a ghost story – it’s been a while since I’ve had a good scare, but I’ve still got Pet Sematary to read this month.

Park Avenue Summer by Renee Rosen

Mad Men meets The Devil Wears Prada in this novel about a young single girl who lands a job with Helen Gurley Brown, the first female editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine. Um yes please. Hopefully lots of references to the times and a bit of female empowerment, sounds like a great summery read.

The Lost History of Dreams by Kris Waldherr

A gothic mystery about love and loss that blurs the line between the past and the present, truth, and fiction and ultimately life and death. This SOUNDS SO GOOD. I haven’t read any from this author but I love the title and think I’m really going to enjoy this one.

Any new releases you’re excited for?
Before you go make sure to check out my review of Daisy Jones and the Six here and last month’s recap for more mini-reviews here.
Until next month, happy reading!

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