I'm really proud of myself lately because I've kept up with reading my books continuously. Normally, I'd read a couple then not read for a while but this time I've consistently had a book on the go. Most of these books that I've read recently are what i read last year though.
Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill
The concept behind this book is so fascinating - the idea that girls are sent to school and trained to be perfect with the only ambition of being picked to become a companion was really interesting to read about but at the time i found it really frustrating. It was interest to see so many issues in today's society being emphasised as important especially things like weight and appearance but also the way it's emphasised really frustrated me. I found myself feel inadequate and insecure as these girls were being pitted against each other in such a way. It definitely didn't end the way i had expected to which makes a change as i read quite a lot of predictable books and I did enjoy reading it as it was interesting but i definitely think some younger people could read this and really take it the wrong way.
This Is A Love Story by Jessica Thompson
This is as the name suggests a love story and Goodreads describes it best with 'Funny and sad, this is the story of two people destined never to come together in the great love affair they crave more than anything else.' Nick and Sienna have both fallen for each but it's a constant case of missed opportunity and the whole story is a big build up of will they, won't they. It's frustrating at times because you read it from both of their perspectives and because you know both sides of the story, it's almost annoying when everything else gets in the way. I thoroughly enjoyed this book; it was fast paced, i enjoyed the way it was written and the curiosity kept me reading.
Voices by Sue Mayfield
This is aimed at a much younger audience that i actually realised but i read it anyways. The story is ridiculous far fetched and it's about a girl who finds out her boyfriends is cheating on her so during her holiday to Scotland with her family, her sister joking writes a message in a bottle and throws it out to sea. Back home, a few weeks later a stranger replies. It's a cute concept don't get me wrong but the ending was a bit of a joke and very unrealistic.
All My Secrets by Sophie Mckenzie
I really enjoy Sophie Mckenzie's writing style, it's really easy to read but it as a great way of building up suspense and keeping you reading because you want to know more and whats going to happen. After finding out her family have been lying to her, her entire life, Evie desperate to find out the big secret that overs shadows her past, finds herself at Lightsea - an island institute for troubled teenagers. I won't lie, i did have my suspicions from the start and i was right so i feel like it was quite an obvious storyline and the ending was very anti-climatic considering how well she builds up suspense.
Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets by J.K Rowling
My first book of 2016, finished. The Chamber of Secrets has always been my least favourite out of the Harry Potter series mostly because Ginny just really annoys me. I feel weird having to give a brief description but it's basically Harry's second year at Hogwards and the heir of Slytherin has returned and the Chamber of Secrets has been opened. This time round, I've found myself appreciating it a little more - it's still my least favourite so far but I've enjoyed at lot more than i did first time round.
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What are you been reading recently? Any recommendations?