I would of read these books faster if I hadn’t decided to watch Gilmore Girls series again but it had to be done, just so I could remember what Lorelai’s voice should sound like. Despite the complete Netflix take over I have still managed to get through some books, so here is my book stack two roundups from the last few months.
Not one to learn easily from mistakes it seems, Maestra was another book I purchased purely on the billboard add in the tube station. Judging a book completely by its cover and the advertisement I saw it on, I bought it not even taking the time to check out the blurb, it stated boldly it was the most shocking thriller I would read and yes there was some element of this book that was shocking but it definitely wasn’t the thriller side of it. Judith Rashleigh is rather tragic, to begin with, working as an assistant at high-profile auctioneers in London, desperate to cut ties to the girl she grew up as, with an alcoholic mother and no money when she bumps into Leanne an old school acquaintance and starts working night shifts at a hostess bar. After problems at work, she manages to land herself a trip to the South of France with a wealthy client from the bar and here the story is supposed to begin… I guess. I didn’t know anything about this book until a colleague at work said it was said to be the next 50 shades of grey ( a book I managed one chapter of) I am no prude but I don’t understand with so-called ‘erotic’ books why the level of writing is just so awful.
After book stack one I was looking for a lead who wasn’t a wait at home wife but what I got instead was an entirely unrelatable character, and now I wished I hadn’t been so ungrateful with previous characters. There is nothing shocking about this book other than the excessive use of the C word (which I have read so much of this week I don’t need to repeat ever again) I am surprised that every country, city, town, village Judith visited that is how every man apparently described that part of her body, I think Hilton was going for the hard hitting we don’t give a fuck, liberal view on sex which is fine but the use of language was just more off-putting than empowering. Which then goes on to the whole power of characters in general, Judith is supposed to be represented as this unstoppable force, the one who wins but she isn’t at all she can’t get by without the men, it’s the men who have the money, the boats the business, the contacts and the women. The women have a man who isn’t their own and their allowance it’s a little degrading if you really look into it. The book wasn’t all a complete disaster for all the bad in this book, there had been some impressive research done, there were plenty of twists and turns and some clever lines in there, it was definitely a lot more engaging in the story than Fifty Shades of Grey could have ever been and I would say it had a slight touch more class and it was hugely addictive to read, but would I recommend it? No never.
Have you ever read a book and thought this would be an amazing film or at least a gripping tv drama? Well, that is exactly what I thought about this book. Just like Swanson’s The Kind Worth Killing which I posted about here. I found The girl with a clock for a heart a bit of a struggle to initially get into, I think though this is more because the blurb doesn’t give much away so I was starting with a blank canvas but again like his other book as soon as I got into it I couldn’t put it down. Swanson’s debut thriller switches between adult George, early 40’s a bored of his average-jo life and young George just starting college and meeting his college sweetheart Audrey.
After twenty years Audrey turns up in George’s local bar looking for help, and suddenly George is thrown into a life of crime he cannot handle with a frustrating level of hope that Audrey is a good person.
I did find this book slightly far fetched in parts but it’s packed full of twists, turns and cliffhangers just like The Kind Worth Killing, it is clever and it’s fun and I absolutely loved reading it.
(Sorry for the awful photo, natural day light struggles here)
I will be honest, this wouldn’t have ever been a booked I would have picked up for myself. For some unknown reason, I keep picking up awful thrillers that offer me little in characters and all I have gained from them are sleepless nights and often forgetting that murder is not actually an everyday activity for the norm. So when my mum returned home from her holiday and said she had some books she had finished with I was sceptical, they both had a big Richard and Judy Bookclub sticker on the front of it which is usually enough to put me off and then the final nail in the coffin I had decided to give the book a go because I liked the cover. MY GOD, I am glad I picked this book up, I honestly can’t remember when I read a book this quickly and the last time I have loved a book half this much, I have told so many people to read it. Each character had so much depth, it was so refreshing to actually have compassion for every character in the story, I couldn’t put it down but I didn’t want it to end either. Noah is a four-year-old boy, living in Brooklyn with his single mum, Janie. Afer her mum passed it was just Janie in the world with her friends when Noah came along. All in life was going relatively well, she ran a successful architecture business but the only thing that wasn’t going right was Noah. Noah wants to go home, an understandable request from a four-year-old, but he is already home. He wants his mama but she is there and he knows things other four-year-old boys wouldn’t know. I won’t say any more because I really think as the dark nights contiune this should be a book you pick up. Sharon Guskin’s has produced well written and captivating debut novel.
This book stands currently as one of my favourite books of all time and will be staying on my shelf forever. I actually did a post on this book here, so I won’t go into too much detail but I do absolutely love this book. The book is Hygge in itself, I loved getting into bed with candles burning and fairly lights twinkling away and reading all the different ways to add more Hygge in to your life. I really think it is a book everyone should consider. I learnt so many new things about personal happiness and self-care, I will definitely be making more Hygge book purchases.
The problem with this book was that I really couldn’t be bothered to read it, there was nothing to start with that got me initially hooked and I was fully engrossed back into Gilmore girls so I struggled to want to put any time aside for it. To be honest I would have probably given up with it but I really hate giving up on a book I have already started so I kept going, and thankfully just past halfway I became fully submerged into this book.
The Ballroom, set in 1911 takes a look at the lives of two patients Ella Faye, John Mulligan and the on-site Doctor Charles Fuller.
The book is split narrative between the three characters and their time spent at Sharston Asylum. I never really fell in love with this book, I didn’t feel there was enough depth in the characters for me to feel much towards them but my opinion did begin to change towards the end especially once I learned of Anna’s personal connection to the story.
Although I haven’t given this book the best write up it was still a good story, it’s haunting, tragic yet heartwarming. Definitely, one to give a go during January if you come across it.