A life-long lover of books (ever since the heady days of Enid Blyton), I’ve always got at least one on the go. In recent years, I’ve started to dip into more non-fiction reads too – autobiographies in particular, and even a few self-help books.
With February promising yet more rain, wind and freezing temperatures, there’s still time to spend your evenings curled up with a good read. Here’s a list of some of the best books I’ve put on my Kindle wishlist.
The third in the series of the ‘Me Before You’ trilogy, I’d already got this book earmarked as my read for the beginning of 2018. Following Lou Clark as she moves to New York, dipping into it felt a bit like welcoming back an old friend – I love how books make you feel like that with favourite characters. If you haven’t read these books, add them to your list. They make perfect holiday reading and you can devour them all in one go!
Although I haven’t yet read any Giovanna Fletcher books, I was drawn to the premise of this story – a girl trying to ‘find herself’ after ten years of being with the same man. I’ve been told that Giovanna’s books have a lot of heart and humour in them, so I’m looking forward to reading this when I fancy something light-hearted.
I read an interview recently with author Leila Slimani, who explained her motivations behind writing her book and thought it was an interesting idea. Exploring the relationship between a mother and her nanny, it is a psychological thriller that deals with some hard-to-read themes. The book has been likened to a few thrillers of the last few years, including Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, so I’m hoping it’ll live up to expectation.
While a book about post-natal depression and psychosis might not necessarily ‘soothe your soul’ this February, I thought it important to include this one for those who like their fiction to be more realistic. This book follows Rachel as she finds herself an exhausted single mother with a new baby. I’ve heard that this one is hard-hitting and very honest – either way, I’m looking forward to reading it.
After discovering Dolly Alderton through The Pool, as well as through her engaging Twitter account, I had to add ‘Everything I know about Love’ to my list. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book, which documents Dolly’s stumblings through life as a twenty-something. Plus, I’ve sort of fallen in love with Dolly’s hair on Instagram so there’s that.
Although most people know Ruby from GBBO, I have to admit that she didn’t come into my consciousness until I read a recent article about this book. Ruby had an eating disorder in her younger years and has spent the time since then working on her relationship with food, hence why she’s written this book. While I can see myself reading this with a bar of chocolate or Hot Cross Bun in hand, I can’t wait to delve into this one.
Have you read something great recently? I’d love to know your recommendations.