If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen that I’m not much of a summer reader, for some reason all focus goes out the window and I struggle to keep going with my books. I’ve only read two books this last month and I finished both of these in the first week of July. Since then I’ve picked up about four books and haven’t finished them; absolutely no reflection on the books, it’s purely down to my poor attention levels. There have been a few distractions at home and I’ve been busy with other things but I’m currently reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone and I think it’s going to be the one to break the cycle – more on that next month though! For now, here are the books I’ve read in July.
The One Plus One – Jojo Moyes
This is a book that I absolutely would not have picked up a couple of years ago but since being coerced into reading Me Before You and loving it I’m much more open about what I read. And I’m very glad as this book was a total delight. I’m not sure if it just came along at the right time for me but I enjoyed every minute of it. I needed a light and fluffy read and this was exactly that. I couldn’t put it down and finished it in a day; I loved the characters, the build up of relationships, the wacky road trip and quirky kids. Ultimately I just loved the romantic story line, I can’t resist a romance and it drew me in. It’s a book that made me feel happy and that is always a good thing.
Close To Home – Cara Hunter
I’d heard from a few people that really loved this thriller but for some reason it just didn’t work for me. Firstly I didn’t like the layout; there are no chapters only asterisks which I find, maybe unfairly, very distracting. There were also big sections with tweets and newspaper articles which I found myself skimming over. I’m not a huge thriller fan, it isn’t the first thing I’ll look for but there are a few I’ve enjoyed over the years – I loved The Girl On The Train, The Dry and Big Little Lies. I think with a good thriller you really have to connect with the characters, usually the person who tells the story, but I didn’t get that with this one. I didn’t care about any of the characters, but I read it to the end just to find out ‘whodunit’. Even then I found the ending was just too far fetched for me and a little disappointing. I was annoyed that I’d stuck with it! If you like thrillers then I’m sure this would be a great holiday read as it’s easy to get through and does keep you guessing but it wasn’t for me.
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