Recently Read #16 | May

Recently Read #16 | May

I've really surprised myself this month and read a lot; I've even completed my initial goodreads challenge (I've now increased it) I've read 8 in total, 4 of which i read in one week and i feel like I've really gotten out of my reading slump.


Recently Read #16 | May

Forever By Maggie Stiefvater
This is third and final instalment of the Shiver Trilogy which follows Sam and Grace. I wont go into too much detail in case you're currently reading the trilogy and it's hard to discuss what happens in this book without ruining for others but it just continues the story of Sam and Grace. To be completely honest for a final instalment i expected it to be a little bit more intense but not a lot really happened. It's an okay story and an easy read but it's not the most amazing trilogy I've ever read.
Rating: 3/5

Room by Emma Donoghue
At first i found this quite difficult to read until i realised that it's told from the perspective of a 5 year old, who has spent his entire life in the same room where he is held captive with his mother. He's completely unaware of his situation and his mum has created this whole world in this one room to prevent him from knowing any different. So it's a bit of a shock when he discovers there's a whole other world out there. I really hope I've explained that well without ruining too much because this book was brilliant, i honestly couldn't put it down. It was a really interesting story and i found it even more interesting that it was told from the perspective of child - you get such an innocent perspective of his world and i just think it was written so well.
Rating: 4/5

Recently Read #16 | May

Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
This story of this book was a bit weird - it hooked me enough to keep me reading. Lara's got a lot of problems going on but things go even worse when she's visited by the spirit of her great aunt Sadie and she has one last request that Lara tracks down the necklace she just can't rest without. It really is as weird as it sounds but  it almost turned into a mystery style book and it was written so well that it kept me interested, from whether Lara would solve her own personal issues to the relevance of Sadie's necklace, questions just kept coming up and my curiosity kept me reading.
Rating: 3/5

Allegiant by Veronica Roth
I've put off reading this for so long, i didn't love Insurgent (the second book) and it took me ages to read it so i was worried that this would be the same but i actually really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down. Now that the factions are broken down; Tris, Four and a few others venture outside the wall to discover what else is out there. I'm not going to say anymore than that because i don't want to ruin it for anyone but i think this book was exactly how a final instalment should be - intense and full of action. I did watch the movie straight after reading it and the movie was horrendous, it was nothing like the book at all.
Rating: 4/5

Recently Read #16 | May

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
I first read this book like 4/5 years ago,  after watching the TV series i knew i wanted to re-read it as i could not remember what happened in it. Thirteen Reasons Why follows Clay Jensen as he's listening to 13 tapes detailing the reasons and the people responsible for Hannah Baker commiting suicide. I more or less read this in a day; it's such a quick read and it's just as intense and enigmatic as the TV series - i did notice a few changes from the book to the TV show but i actually think the changes they made were better and worked really well. The TV show is quite intense and in parts graphic so do be weary if you choose to watch it.
Rating: 4/5

A Life Without You by Katie Marsh
I feel like this book is very similar to How Not to Disappear by Clare Furniss - it has a similar story that features a secret and it's told from two perspective and so does this one, slight difference being that one of the perspectives in this book is letter format. Zoe's about to get married, but then she gets a phone call out of the blue that her mum needs her, even though she's not spoken to her mum in years. Zoe's been running from her mum and a secret that she now has to decide whether to face. Zoe soon realises that her mum Gina isn't the same as she remembers, Gina's ill and she's losing her memory. It's a good story and i love how they've handled the whole dementia issue; it's so common nowadays and it's such a difficult subject but i think they've portrayed it really well. I did find the secret to be a little anti-climatic but i find that's always the case when it comes to book that have some mysterious secret - maybe i just expect too much?
Rating: 3/5

Recently Read #16 | May

Time To Say Goodbye by S.D Robertson
Firstly, i apologise that the sticker is still on this book - I've borrowed this from someone at work so it's not really my place to remove the sticker so it looks better in the photo (i did consider it though). I didn't  really know what to expect with this book as my colleague told me, that she couldn't put it down and that it made her cry - surprisingly, i wasn't has hooked as she was and it didn't make me cry but it was a lovely story about a father's love for his daughter. After he lost his wife, Will promised his 6 year old daughter Ella he'd never leave her, but then the unthinkable happens and Will is killed in an accident. The book tells the story of Will as a spirit, torn between keeping his promise and staying with Ella or passing on. This book definitely took some unexpected twists and turns but it's was nice and easy read.
Rating: 3/5

Recently Read #16 | May

The Selection by Keira Cass
I've been curious to read this book for ages so when it went on offer on my kindle, i bought it and I'm so glad i did because I really enjoyed it and I'm praying the rest of the series goes on offer soon, so i can continue reading it and see what happens next. The Selection is the competition of a lifetime, the chance to compete for the affection of Prince Maxon and become a future Princess and his future wife. America's not interested in the slightest but she's encouraged to sign up by her secret lover and to please her mother, then she meets Prince Maxon and she starts to question her plans and what she thought she wanted. I absolutely loved this book; it is a little cheesy but it was so easy to read, i loved the writing style and i can not wait to read the next instalment.
Rating: 4/5

So those are the books I've read this month, I'm so proud of myself for getting through so many and I'm really hoping that i continue to read just as many during June.
What have you been reading recently?

Natalie xx

1 comment:

  1. I really want to start reading some more so this post was super helpful! I'll definitely add some of these to my list! X

    Kate// itskaterose.com

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