You know what makes me happy?
Ok there are a lot of things that make me happy but high up on that list is reading. No I don’t get that much time to read between all the other responsibilities I have but I know that when I make time to read, even if it’s just a minute or two before I pass out (from tiredness!) at night, I love it.
When I used to work in the city, one of my favourite things to do at lunch time was to peruse the bookshop. I didn’t often purchase but I just loved looking through all the books, reading the blurbs, running my hands over the covers – is that creepy? I like the covers that are a bit of a matt/silky finish rather than the glossy type.
These days, I can remember the last time I had the luxury of leisurely cruising through a bookshop on my own. Book shopping for me is more a rushed scan through online stores or an impulse buy of the latest book someone recommends.
I figured I can’t be the only one who shops like this so without further ado, here is what I read and enjoyed this year. They’re in no particular order and I’m a terrible reviewer so I’ll just put a little line in. I would love to hear any recommendations you have for me. Please leave them in the comments!
The Hypnotist’s Love Story – Liane Moriarty
A lovely, easy read. I didn’t realise I’d already read this one until I got half-way through.
Area 7 – Matthew Reilly
One of the Matthew Reilly Scarecrow series – kind of like an action movie in book form. I LOVE these books.
Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil – Melina Marchetti
By the author of Looking For Alibrandi – a really good read but absolutely nothing like Looking for Alibrandi.
The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
To be honest I can’t remember this one in great detail, only that I read it really quickly cause I was hooked.
Moonwalking with Einstein – Joshua Foer
Something very different this one is all about memory techniques. It’s quite amazing how easy it is to remember things like lists if you know the tricks. They give you a list of random items to remember mid-way through and I can still remember them 4 months later.
The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty
I love Liane Moriarty books.
Truly Madly Guilty – Liane Moriarty
See above however, this one is not my favourite. It was still good but took quite a while to get into.
Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert
A bit self-help like but this book really hit a cord for me. If you are at all creative then you must read this book.
Falling – Jane Green
I have read every one of Jane Green’s books and every time she brings out a new one I have to have it. Another one that didn’t disappoint. It’s just a really lovely, easy read – perfect for the beach. Ok for beach holidays when the kids are asleep.
Happy reading! Don’t forget to leave me your recommendations. I’m not really into any particular genre so I’d love to hear any suggestions at all.
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