I have read 5 books this month and i'm so proud of myself - i've really made a conscious effort to read more, even if it's just one chapter before i go to bed and it's really paid off. I've already completed a 1/4 of my Goodreads Challenge and i'm really hoping i keep this up throughout the year because not only will i smash my goodreads challenge but i will also (hopefully) read all the books in my TBR box!
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
I actually read this book back in December but i enjoyed it so much that i didn't want to leave it out of my recently read post (i'm now going to try doing monthly round ups), i'm sure you've all heard of the Girl on the Train as it was very popular last year. This book was definitely a love/hate thing and i absolutely loved it; i read this within a matter of days because i just couldn't put it down, a few people said that it was quite predictable but i did not see the end coming at all, it kept me on the edge of my seat and i just couldnt stop reading because i just needed to know what happened. I would definitely recommend reading this book - i personally, thought the movie version was terrible so trust me when i say, read the book first!
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
I've always enjoyed reading YA books or ones that have been aimed at a younger audience - i rather enjoy the innocence and naivety that comes along with the stories. This is the first book in the Gallagher Girl Series and it's definitely more on the childish side - it was an easy read but i didn't love it. Cammie is in her Sophmore year of Gallagher Academy; a prestigious all-girls schools that's secretly a spy school, whilst she's excels at all things spy-related, nothing prepares her when she falls for an ordinary boy who thinks shes an ordinary girl. I know i would have loved this when i was a lot younger but i just found it a little frustrating, i guess maybe i'm just more old and cynical now but i just found it really annoying how much Cammie lies.
The Master Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
This is the third installment in the Paper Magician Series and it did not disappoint. I don't want to discuss any of the plot as it will ruin the previous two books but i've really enjoyed this series. I sometimes struggle with fantasy style books because they can be quite intense but this series was perfect - it's so easy to read, the stories just flowed perfectly together and the ending was just perfect. I thoroughly enjoyed this series and its the first time, i've consistently enjoyed each book in a trilogy.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
I've heard a few good reviews about this so i was quite intriqued to read it - its one of those stories that you don't really know what to expect from the ending. Maddy has spent her entire life indoors due to a severe immune disorder and an allergy to the world but then a new boy moves in next door and everything is about change. I flew through this book, i read it in less than 24 hours because it is so easy to read and it helps because the book also features some scrapbook/illustrative pages too. This story was really interesting and i couldn't imagine how it must feel to spend your entire life indoors - i wasn't sure how this was going to be able to end but oh my god, i did not see that ending coming. This book was absolutely brilliant and such a great easy read.
How Not to Disappear by Clare Furniss
It took me a little while to really get into this book but i'm so glad i persisted as it's such a brilliant book to read - Hattie's friends have abandoned her for the summer, she's stuck babysitting her twin siblings and shes just discovered that she's pregnant. Gloria, is Hattie's great-aunt who no-one knew existed and she's in the early stages of dementia and Gloria wants to share her biggest secrets with someone before she forgets them; so together, her and Hattie embark on a road trip. It's such an interesting read and Gloria's secrets are honestly heart-breaking. I really loved how the story was told from both Hattie and Gloria's perspective, it almost feels like they've combined a YA book with a more older style novel but you can't help but really feel for the characters.
Asking For It by Louise O'Neill
I struggled to get into this book at first but it was honestly so incredible and so important and relevant to things that happen to day. I found it so interesting how irritating the main character is to begin with because her reputation is all that matters but as the book goes on, and everything happens your opinions changes so much - or at least my did. Emma O'Donovan is the most popular girl in school, everyone wants to be her and the boys want to be with her. Until, she wakes up on a porch with no recollection as to what happened the night before except for the images that are all over social media. I really wish i could explain more about my thoughts on this book but i can't without ruining it, but I found her way of thinking quite disturbing and its so scary to think, things like this do happen. It's such a brilliant book and id highly recommend reading it.
What have you read recently?