Recently Read #2

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I don't know if you remember but a little while ago i did a post called 'Need To Read #1' in the hopes that it might help encourage me to read the books id picked out. I don't get to read half as much as I'd like to because I'm always quite busy lately but I've done my best to make time for it, whether its squeezing in a chapter or two before i go to work or turning my laptop off a little earlier and reading before i go to sleep. Either way i seem to have gotten the reading bug back and I've made my way through the four books id selected so here is my thoughts on each of the books.

You're The One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher
"Maddy, dressed in white, stands at the back of the church. At the end of the aisle is Rob - the man she's about to marry. Next to Rob is Ben - best man and the best friend any two people ever had. And that's the problem.

Because if it wasn't Rob waiting for her at the altar, there's a strong chance it would be Ben. Loyal and sensitive Ben has always kept his feelings to himself, but if he turned round and told Maddy she was making a mistake, would she listen? And would he be right? Best friends since childhood, Maddy, Ben and Rob thought their bond was unbreakable. But love changes everything. Maddy has a choice to make but will she choose wisely? Her heart, and the hearts of the two best men she knows, depend on it..."

My thoughts:
I feel like it took me ages to read this book as i was only picking it up for short spells at a time but i did actually really enjoy it. It's a quite a girly rom com type of book but the view point alters between Maddie and Ben so it's interesting to get the different view points. The book is very emotive and i find that the characters are really relatable and also the situation that the book is based around is definitely something many people will be able to relate to in some way.

I do actually prefer Giovanna's first book Billy and Me over this one, but i really enjoy the way she writes so it was still a very enjoyable read and if you are into chick lit type books I'm sure you'll enjoy this also.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
"On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favours with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behaviour. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?"

My Thoughts:
This book is pretty much everywhere at the moment so I'm sure many of you will have already read it or at least heard about it. I don't normally go for thriller style books but it made a nice change to what i normally read. The constant rave reviews is what made me want to read this and i can't lie all the questions, the unknown and the suspense is what kept me reading.

I did really enjoy reading this book and as I've already said it made a really nice change from what i normally read but if you do decide to read this prepare yourself for a ridiculously bad ending. I can't express the disappointment i felt when i discovered how it ended, i almost felt like id wasted my time reading it because it was just frustrating.

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
"Ever since her parents began fighting, Auden has been unable to sleep at night. Now, spending a summer at a charming beach town with her father and his new family, she has to find new places to pass the time she spends awake. And so she meets Eli, a fellow insomniac who becomes her nighttime guide. Together, they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she has missed; for Eli, to come to terms with the death of a friend. In her trademark blockbuster-style, Sarah Dessen creates a powerful and irresistible story of two people learning how to connect."

My Thoughts:
I really enjoy Sarah Dessen's books - i know this are aimed at a more younger audience and are classed as Young Adult. I find her books really easy to read and i just generally enjoy them. The story to this is nothing groundbreaking; it's a very typical girl meets boy kind of story but as i said it's such an easy read and i really enjoy books that i don't need to think to much about and i can just lose myself in and this is exactly that.

By The Time You Read This by Lola Jaye
"This is a manual for my daughter Lois. Here are the rules:
1. You must only read each new entry on your birthday, there is one for every year until you are thirty.
2. This is a private manual between you and me.
3. No peeping at the next entry unless it's your birthday!

When Lois Bates is handed the manual, she can barely bring herself to read it as the pain of losing her dad is still so raw. Yet soon his advice is guiding her through every stage of her life - from first love and relationships to her career. The manual can never be a substitute for having her dad back, but through his words Lois learns to start living again, and discovers that happiness is waiting around the corner..."

My thoughts:
I found the concept of this book quite interesting and it made a change to the usual girls meets boy being the focus - there is still an element of that within the book but its not the main focus. I'm in two minds about this book because on one hand it was an easy read but on the other it was quite predictable and sometimes a bit corny. I also hated how the main character was written as being so closed off and i know grief affects people differently but at sometimes i found it irritating to read. She has a manual off her father telling her to embrace and live life yet she's avoiding it all costs by only focusing on work. Its not the worst book in the world but it's not on the top of my recommendation list either.

and that is what I've read recently! I quite like doing the two posts; showing you want i plan to read and then reviewing them once I've read them - in a way i feel like it's kept me motivated to read them.

What have you read recently?
Natalie xx


  1. I really need to start reading more books. I used to read all the time and now I just don't seem to make time for it. I love getting lost in a book. There's a couple of these that sound like the type of book I'd go for, it's nice to hear your take on them too.


    1. Im the same, i struggle to make time but ive had enough of it because i have so many books i want to get through so i've literally forced myself to make time even if i only squeeze in a chapter here and there..
      Natalie xx

  2. I've heard good things about the gone girl movie! I really need to get back on reading books. Going to check out some of these titles at my library.

    Would love if you check out my blog. Just followed you on twitter and instagram :)
    Raincouver Beauty

    1. Ive still not seen it yet, im intriqued to see how they've done it though!
      Natalie xx


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