Friday 18 January 2019

A Little Book Haul

It's been a while since my last book haul, not because I haven't been buying books, but because I've been getting through them all so quickly! I've actually ended up reading two of the books in this post already this week but I thought as I got quite a few for my birthday, I'd share them anyway in case you're in need of a few recommendations.
stack of books

Everything I Know About Love - Dolly Alderton

I've had so many recommendations for this so when I was ordering a few books last week, I decided to grab it, even better that it was on offer for only £6 too. After reading so much fiction over the last few months, well most of 2018 really, this was a welcome change. It won autobiography of the year at the National Book Awards and it was shortlisted for Waterstones Book Of The Year 2018 so I was so excited to read this and it didn't disappoint. I'll have a full review up in a few weeks!

'When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming a grown up, journalist and former Sunday Times dating columnist Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all. She vividly recounts falling in love, wrestling with self-sabotage, finding a job, throwing a socially disastrous Rod-Stewart themed house party, getting drunk, getting dumped, realising that Ivan from the corner shop is the only man you've ever been able to rely on, and finding that your mates are always there at the end of every messy night out. It's a book about bad dates, good friends and - above all else - about recognising that you and you alone are enough.'
Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton

Our House - Louise Candlish

I think this has only recently been released so it was a pretty last minute addition to my order but once I read the synopsis, I was so intrigued, I just to had to buy it. I know the whole point is that we obviously don't know what is going to happen throughout but I genuinely can't figure out how something so drastic could happen and what events could possibly lead to it. From the reviews I've read, it's apparently quite a shocking read and leaves you on edge right until the very last line, so it's safe to say I'm desperate to start this!

'On a bright morning in the London suburbs, a family moves into the house they've just bought on Trinity Avenue. Nothing strange about that. Except it's your house and you didn't sell it. When Fi Lawson arrives home to find strangers moving into her house, she is plunged into terror and confusion. She and her husband Bram have owned their home for years and have no intention of selling. How can this other family possibly think the house is theirs? And why has Bram disappeared when she needs him most? Bram made a catastrophic mistake and now he is paying. Unable to see his wife, his children or his home, he has nothing left but to settle scores. As the nightmare takes grip, both Bram and Fi try to make sense of the events that led to a devastating crime. What has he hidden from her - and what has she hidden from him? And will either survive the chilling truth - that there are far worse things you can lose than your house?'
Our House by Louise Candlish

I Know My Name - C.J. Cooke

I love mystery books and this one had me on the edge of my seat all the way through. I read Then She Was Gone recently which was also about a missing person and though this is obviously a little different, I thoroughly enjoyed all of the tension that it had so I thought this would be quite similar. I loved piecing all of the clues together as I went along but the reveal was nothing like I expected. I'm actually not sure whether to even write a review on this or not as it seriously creeped me out!

'Kommeno Island, Greece: I don't know where I am, who I am. Help me - A woman is washed up on a remote Greek island with no recollection of who she is or how she got there. 
Potter Lane, Twickenham, London: Eloise Shelley is officially missing - Lochlan's wife has vanished into thin air, leaving their toddler and twelve-week-old baby alone. Her money, car and passport are all in the house, with no signs of foul play. Every clue the police turn up means someone has told a lie... Does a husband ever truly know his wife? Or a wife know her husband? Why is Eloise missing? Why did she forget? The truth is found in these pages...'
I Know My Name by CJ Cooke

The Guilty Wife - Elle Croft

I'd actually not heard of this book before I got it for my birthday but it's exactly like what I would pick up myself. A psychological thriller that's full of twists and turns. I've read so many thrillers over the last year, some have left me a little disappointed but most I've been left thinking about for days so I'm excited to see how this compares. I already think Bethany is going to be such an interesting character.

'I'm guilty of many things. But I'm innocent of murder. Bethany Reston is happily married. But she's also having an affair with a famous client. And no one can ever know. When Bethany's lover is brutally murdered, she has to hide her grief from everyone. But someone knows her secret. And then one day the threats begin. With an ever-growing pile of evidence pointing to her as the murderer, the only way she can protect her secrets is to prove her innocence. And that means tracking down a killer.'
The Guilty Wife by Elle Croft

Johnny Be Good - Paige Toon

And to round this post off, I had to order another one of Paige Toon's book. I've read three of her books so far, and thoroughly enjoyed them all, even if they do usually break my heart a little, so I'm keen to try and get through them all at some point. The one I decided to go for this time was Johnny Be Good which I think is one of her most popular books so I have no doubt I'll love it just as much as the others I've read. This also has a sequel and a small story available on Kindle so it's going to be a decent one to get stuck into I think!

'Celebrity PA to wild boy of rock Johnny Jefferson, Meg's glam new life in sun-drenched LA is a whirlwind of showbiz parties and backstage passes. Cool, calm Christian, in town to write his famous friend's biography, helps keep Meg's feet firmly on the ground. But with Johnny's piercing green eyes and a body Brad Pitt would kill for, how long will it be before she's swept right off them again?'
Johnny Be Good by Paige Toon
At the moment I love nothing more than finding time in the evening to get cosy and read a couple of chapters of a book so it probably won't be long before there's another post like this. What books have you read recently?

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