Monday, 10 December 2018

Currently Reading #12

reading recommendations

I feel like I had some sort of reading burst over the summer, but the last few books have taken me a lifetime to get through! So, get yourself comfy, grab yourself a brew and settle in for my most recently read book round-up!

Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield

I have no idea how to even start conveying how much love I have for this book! I seriously couldn’t put it down! I managed to burn the tea one night as I thought I could skim a couple of pages after popping the chips in the oven. Vida Winter, a reclusive, infamous writer, has decided to finally tell her story, and she’s chosen the bookish mouse, Margaret, to record her final tale. A superbly dark, gothic drama with victorian notions, creepy twins, issues of identity, fire, flames and terrific twist in the end. There were times the text became a touch tedious or predictable, not these happens so infrequently it’s almost worth not mentioning them. From start to finish, I was as captivated as Margaret with Vida’s tale and desperate to figure out what was coming before I got to the final page. It quite literally left me breathless! 

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Some Kind of Wonderful - Giovanna Fletcher

For anyone who is, or has, come out of a long term relationship, you will identify with this book! Lizzy and Ian have been together since time began, she’s been expecting the dream proposal around every corner and when it finally happens - nobody could have predicted the tears and tantrums that proposal goes down in! Heartbroken and single for the first time in forever, Lizzy sets out to find out just who she is now, what does she want now that she’s nobody missus-to-be, now that she only has herself to answer to. It’s the perfect poolside read if you’re jetting off fr a little winter sun, though very predictable at times, I did find myself laughing out loud at Lizzy’s antics! 

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The Pink Suit - Nicole Mary Kelby

When I saw that picture of Jackie Kennedy wearing her infamous pink Chanel suit on the book jacket, I was instantly intrigued. The American dream like you’ve never heard it told before. From the opulence of the high fashion industry to the traditions of a young Irish immigrants close-minded neighbourhood. Torn between two very different worlds, Kate is thrown into a whirlwind as the country mourns its assassinated president, that suit, the suit, becomes an all encompassing obsession for not only the nation, but for Kate too. I can honestly say, I’ve never seen such detail and rich, luxurious descriptions as I saw in this book, especially when they’re talking about the fabrics, the colours, the textures - it made me want to run out and buy a sewing machine. The idea that behind such an iconic suit was an unknown seamstress with own life and struggles was so intriguing! I loved the stark contrasts between her work and her home life, her quiet strength and struggle for balance. The only thing I will say is the ending was not my cup of tea, I desperately wanted Kate to make a different decision but that being said, the ending did make sense. 

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This is Going to Hurt - Adam Kay

As someone who works in the NHS, I’m always intrigued by books written by, or based, within the NHS. This one also came so highly recommended by friends that I had to grab a copy. I’ll be honest, it’s worth a read, but, it really frustrated me at times. As funny as so many of the stories were, it was painfully obvious that some had been seriously exaggerated, I’m talking airbrushed to within an inch of their life. That didn’t make them any less enjoyable, but it is worth bearing in mind when reading. I found the ended came abruptly, much like Kay’s career as a Dr - to which I’m sure he went through much more decision making and turmoil over, now that I would have wanted to read about. It was a quick read, a few eye opening passages, and it did give some insight into the trials and tribulations of Jr Dr life. 

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Got any book recommendations for me? Get in touch and let's get reading!

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  1. Nice to read your reviews, especially the last one, This is going to hurt. I thought the ending was a bit abrupt too.

    Thirteenth Tale sounds fascinating. Glad to see you've enjoyed it so much.

    1. You will LOVE Thirteenth Tale, I am sure of it!

      Sarah :)