I’m renowned for being a bit of a book worm. When I was little I would never be caught trying to watch TV when I should be asleep; I would be caught in bed with my duvet over my head, reading Matilda (or any other Roald Dahl book) with a little flashlight!
Reading for me is just one of the best things in the world – it gives me the ability to escape and enter another world. I tend to read a variety of books – I love a good chick lit, but I also love crime, historical, drama, comedy… Let’s just say I would give anything a whirl!
Recently, I have read some fabulous books that I would like to tell you about and if you’re stuck for something to read, hopefully this will help!
This is a gripping, easy to read book that I read in less than two weeks because it had me hooked!
Rachel (the lead character) takes the same train everyday and knows every part of the route and then one day she sees something, something she can’t ignore. You may expect this book to be predictable and perhaps to some degree it is, but it develops and evolves and I really enjoyed reading it.
This has been nominated for many awards and after reading it, I completely understand why. The story is based around Eileen who comes from a poor area in New York and wants a better life with a big house and a happy family. She then meets a brilliant scientist and begins the life she dreams of but things happen which are out of her control.This is a beautiful, realistic and heart-wrenching book that is full of love and compromise – a truly fantastic read.
I had seen this book and thought it looked good but didn’t actually buy it – however, I was lucky enough to be given it as a present and I absolutely loved it! Not a usual ‘safe’ pick that I would buy and this is the reason that I read it last out of these three books, but it turned out to be my favourite!
This book is set in 16th century Amsterdam and is the story of an 18 year old girl who marries a wealthy merchant trader, who lives with his cold and unfriendly sister. Her life dramatically changes from the one she knew and her wedding present, from her husband Johannes Brandt, is a cabinet-sized replica of their home that is created by an elusive miniaturist. These creations somehow mirror future events that no-one could have foreseen… Really enjoyed the story of this book and really felt like I learnt something – extremely well written and a little bit different.
I try to buy the majority of my books online from Waterstones and collect them in-store – I just loving going in to a place full of books, rather than them being posted through my door. Also, I love their recommended books of the month and I always find inspiration for something new to read.
I really hope this recommendations are useful and that you enjoy these books as much as I have!