Reasons Why I Am No Longer Allowed In Bookstores

I accidentally fell into a book store and it was so wonderful. Okay well when I say accident I don’t really mean accidentally, I really mean I walked into that shop knowing full well that I was about to buy more books than I can carry. Have I mentioned I love books? So I may have brought more books than I intended too but I mean there are worse addictions right?

So here’s a list of the books I brought and what I think about them before I’ve read them. I haven’t heard about many of the books prior to reading them so I’m so excited to get started. I’ve been in a reading slump for a while, I had a lot of long days working in Liverpool and traveling every day. Consequently, on the train I’d sit and read. Whilst I loved the books I read, I haven’t felt like reading since. However I couldn’t resist these, hopefully it won’t be long until I return to my usual habitat of sat down (anywhere comfy) with my nose in a book and a good strong cuppa tea. (milk, no sugar)

The Girl Before By JP Delaney

Synopsis: Desperate to find a new place to live, Emma stumbles across One Folgate Street. It is an architectural masterpiece: a minimalist design of pale stone, plate glass, and soaring ceilings. But the enigmatic architect who designed the house insists that she abide by a long list of exacting rules. The space is intended to transform its occupant – and it does… Since a personal tragedy, Jane needs a fresh start, and One Folgate Street seems like the rental opportunity of a lifetime. After moving in, she learns of the mysterious death of Emma, the previous tenant – and begins to wonder if her own story will be a rerun of that of the girl before. As Jane tries to untangle truth from lies, her present and Emma’s past become inexorably entwined

A Few Initial Thoughts From Me:

Okay well my opinion has changed. I was so excited when I first picked up this book to read it. The synopsis intrigued me and then I couldn’t really put it down. The plot, to me, sounded amazing- two girls who end up living the same life by accident. One is dead, how can he other prevent this fate? If there’s something you should know it’s that I’m a sucker for a murder mystery. I was thrilled with the potential for this book. I really wish this was where I could leave this initial thoughts section however I stumbled across a review whist trying to gather the synopsis for this blog post. And now my opinion has changed. This is why I dislike reading reviews before actually reading, because now my perception has changed. Though the review is just an opinion, the books is tarnished with the viewpoint. The viewpoint in this case is not a good one. Somebody described this book as a mix between “The Girl OnThe Train” and “Fifty Shades Of Grey” how tragic. I will put this aside and remain as impartial as I can whist reading it. Hopefully I’ll enjoy some of it? The concept no longer excites me, I haven’t read fifty shades and knowing that this book is similar makes me realise it’s not my usual go to genre. Whilst it’s good to stray from a genre I’m skeptical as to whether or not this is quite up my street. Only time will tell.

The Girl In The Red Coat By Kate Hammer

Synopsis: She is the missing girl. But she doesn’t know she’s lost.
Carmel Wakeford becomes separated from her mother at a local children’s festival, and is found by a man who claims to be her estranged grandfather. He tells her that her mother has had an accident and that she is to live with him for now. As days become weeks with her new family, 8-year-old Carmel realises that this man believes she has a special gift…
While her mother desperately tries to find her, Carmel embarks on an extraordinary journey, one that will make her question who she is – and who she might become.

A Few Initial Thoughts From Me:

When I saw the striking red cover of this book I was drawn to it. It was nestled amongst a sea of dark colours and I had spotted it from the other side of the shop. I know you should never judge a book by its cover but I was drawn to it. Now I’ve already revealed I love a mystery, so the prospects of the missing person solving their own missing persons case was like a dream come true. How interesting! I couldn’t help but purchase this read. I hope it’s as good as I want it to be.

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologies By Fredrik Backman

Synopsis: Everyone remembers the stories their grandmother told them. But does everyone remember their grandmother flirting with policemen? Driving illegally? Breaking into a zoo in the middle of the night? Firing a paintball gun from a balcony in her dressing gown?
Seven-year-old Elsa does.
Some might call Elsa’s granny ‘eccentric’, or even ‘crazy’. Elsa calls her a superhero. And granny’s stories, of knights and princesses and dragons and castles, are her superpower. Because, as Elsa is starting to learn, heroes and villains don’t always exist in imaginary kingdoms; they could live just down the hallway. As Christmas draws near, even the best superhero grandmothers may have one or two things they’d like to apologise for. And, in the process, Elsa can have some breath-taking adventures of her own . . .

A Few Initial Thoughts From Me:

I am very fortunate to have wonderful grandparents, and to have known and been loved by such wonderful people. This book called out to me for many reasons. I’m certainly looking for some “light reads” at the moment. I’ve had an intense third year of university. I’ve read some heavy impact books that fall under the categories of horror and psychological thriller. I’ve read books touching topics of the missing, the dead and the lonely and now I’m just looking for something to make me laugh. In this collection of books from Fredrik Backman, I may have found just that! I’m hoping this book takes me back to my childhood of being excited to read, and anyone who knows me well will understand I love a book that can make me laugh. And so this had to come home with me. And so it did.

Brit-Marie Was Here By Fredrik Backman

Synopsis: For as long as anyone can remember, Britt-Marie has been an acquired taste. It’s not that she’s judgemental, or fussy, or difficult – she just expects things to be done in a certain way. A cutlery drawer should be arranged in the right order, for example (forks, knives, then spoons). We’re not animals, are we?
But behind the passive-aggressive, socially awkward, absurdly pedantic busybody is a woman who has more imagination, bigger dreams and a warmer heart than anyone around her realizes.
So when Britt-Marie finds herself unemployed, separated from her husband of 20 years, left to fend for herself in the miserable provincial backwater that is Borg – of which the kindest thing one can say is that it has a road going through it – and somehow tasked with running the local football team, she is a little unprepared. But she will learn that life may have more to offer her that she’s ever realised, and love might be found in the most unexpected of places.

A Few Initial Thoughts From Me:

This is one of those real life books where the characters could be like someone you walk past on the street. There’s nothing fancy, no quests or dragons, no kidnappings, murders or magic. But there is a deep rooted appreciation to be gained for the people around you. I think this is going to be an eyeopener and I can’t wait to get started. They say these books are humourous, so I’m hoping they will catch my attention and pull me out of this horrid reading slump. It’s nice to read all these fantasy books of magic but it’s also very grounding to read about relatable characters. I recon there’s a little Britt- Marie in all of us. This will be one I take something away from. I can just tell.

A Man Called Ove By Fredrik Backman

Synopsis: At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots – neighbours who can’t reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d’etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents’ Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets.
But isn’t it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be, and a lifelong dedication to making it just so?
In the end, you will see, there is something about Ove that is quite irresistible…

A Few Initial Thoughts From Me:

I think I’m spiritually connected to Ove. I understand him. I think this is one of those books that I’m going to learn from and appreciate long after I have turned the last page. I think that there’s a little bit of Ove in everyone and I think that I’ll reflect on this book and then tell all my friends to read it. This is another one of those light reads I was longing for.

The Light Between Oceans By M L Steadman

Synopsis: A boat washes up on the shore of a remote lighthouse keeper’s island. It holds a dead man – and a crying baby. The only two islanders, Tom and his wife Izzy, are about to make a devastating decision.
They break the rules and follow their hearts. What happens next will break yours.

A Few Initial Thoughts From Me:

I have this beautifully tragic feeling that this book is going to crush me emotionally and I think I’m okay with that. I’m not really an overly emotional person but with books I find a release, as I get so caught up with the characters lives. I actually get my heart broken sometimes. I have a feeling this might be one of those times. So with autumn fast approaching I think I’m going to save it for when I can snuggle into a blanket with a hot drink and I can cry myself silly. It does us good to cry every one in a while and this will be one of those times where I can become so invested the only thing I can do is cry. The book sounds incredible it may just be the one I’m looking forward to reading the most.

A Reunion Of Ghosts By Judith Claire Mitchell

Synopsis: Meet the Alter sisters: Lady, Vee and Delph. These three mordantly witty, complex women share their family’s apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. They love each other fiercely, but being an Alter isn’t easy. Bad luck is in their genes, passed down through the generations. Yet no matter what life throws at these siblings, they always have a wisecrack – and each other.
In the waning days of 1999, the sisters decide it’s time to close the circle of the Alter curse. But first, as the world counts down to the dawn of a new millennium, Lady, Vee and Delph must write the final chapter of a saga generations in the making – one that is inexorably intertwined with that of the twentieth century itself. Unspooling threads of history, personal memory and family lore, they weave a mesmerising account of their lives that stretches back decades to their great-grandfather, a brilliant scientist whose professional triumph became the sinister legacy that defines them.

A Few Initial Thoughts From Me:

This book looks to be one of the most interesting reads I found. I have heard a little about this book how it has a beautiful sense of humour written into it’s pages. The book is supposedly told using the personal pronoun we. I find this concept intriguing as I haven’t seen it done before and with 3 female protagonists, how clear will it be as to which sister is telling the story. 3 strong female characters, lines that will leave tears in my eyes and a family curse, what’s not to love?

Into The Water By Paula Hawkins

Synopsis: Just days before her sister plunged to her death, Jules ignored her call.
Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules must return to her sister’s house to care for her daughter, and to face the mystery of Nel’s death.
But Jules is afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of this small town that is drowning in secrecy . . .
And of knowing that Nel would never have jumped.

A Few Initial Thoughts From Me:

Since reading, and loving the girl on the train, I have nothing but high exceptions that I will fall in love with Hawkins words all over again. There is no way that I can walk into a book shop and see a well talked about mystery book and not want to read it. This is one of those cases for me. I hope it lives up to the hype it has surrounding it and I hope that I am gripped. I can’t help but think I’m going to be heartbroken at this story as it’s one of family and loss. Above all it is a book that I have wanted to pick up for a while I must remove all expectations and just enjoy it when reading it though. I love trying to work out the mystery as I read but it Hawkins has included any killer plot twists like in the girl on the train who knows where we will end up. And that’s the magic of a book that I love.

Here We Lie By Sophie McKenzie

Synopsis: On holiday with family and her adoring fiancé, Jed, Emily couldn’t be happier. But overnight, the idyllic trip turns into a waking nightmare when one of the group is found dead in what appears to be a terrible accident.
The devastated party returns to London to cope with their loss while trying to resume their normal lives. But new revelations shed a shocking light on the holiday tragedy and set Emily on a perilous journey to discover the truth about what happened. Soon a terrifying series of threats and lies bring her face to face with the dark truths at the heart of her family – and into life-threatening danger…

A Few Initial Thoughts From Me:

This is another book I have high expectations for. I have read many books by this author and I have loved everyone of them. The books I have read by McKenzie have been page turners that have had me gripped from the opening pages unable tonics until I have the conclusion. I have the expectation that this book will have the same effect on me. I love being sucked into a book unable to put it down. When the writing becomes so real you can see it and feel the emotions that a character feels, that what I’m hoping for in this book. McKenzie has a beautifully tragic way of making me panic for the safety of the characters which I grow to love. I can’t wait to have my heart racing all over again.


So that was my shopping trip, I’d love to know your opinions on any of the books if you have read them! What books have you bought recently?

Happy Reading

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