As much as Kindles are very useful for travelling around, I have to say there’s nothing better than holding a book in your hands. Smelling fresh pages. Turning back to re-reference a moment or re-read elements in shock or delight at what the characters are experiencing.
I’ve been patiently waiting to have a beautiful bookshelf in my life. Filling it with stories, colours, facts, fiction, books of different weights and lengths and admiring it across the room is something I actually think about before bed. You could say it was a dream. So, whilst we’re in lock down, I’m day dreaming about sexy bookcases and trying to read the books I didn’t ever get around to before I get the urge to buy any more.
Like myself, some of us are finding we have a little more time on our hands, or just genuinely rediscovering the joy of reading. Guys, there’s never been a better time to grab a book.
With that in mind here’s five books that I have very much enjoyed reading, some more recently than others, that I think you’ll enjoy too. I’ve categorised them into more descriptive categories to make choosing a genre slightly different. Enjoy, bookworms.
A page turning mystery
The Family Upstairs, Lisa Jewell
I read this in like one day during isolation the other week. Once you get into it, it’s really addictive. Written from a number of perspectives and with a range of time periods, the author, Lisa Jewell, pulls you through a twisted tale of a ‘moment’ in a household back in the early 90s. As the story unfolds you can start to guess, unpick and identify what really happened. I was hooked, I find it really hard to put books like this down as I just want to know what happened haha.
A cheeky romance
Falling, Jane Green
Escaping from New York City, the female protagonist, Emma, decided to completely change her life. She finds herself a beach cottage which she’s keen to re-design and decorate, with the landlord’s permission. The cottage however gives her more excitement than she bargained for, as she quickly falls for her charming landlord and single dad, Dominic. Their romantic journey, as all do, comes with highs and lows and you gain insights into the couple’s very different backgrounds. I really enjoyed the heart-warming nature of this book, the characters were realistic and the author, Jane Green, keeps you hooked in throughout the happy love story. That is until the end. I’ll say no more.
A guilty pleasure
Maestra, L.S Hilton
I picked up Maestra in a charity shop before I went away last August, predicting a “Mr Grey’ type storyline given the way it had been pitched online and in reviews. Maestra is SO much more than that. It’s a thriller, sex, mystery combo which I did not expect at all. Our main character, Judith, sick of working with ‘snooty’ colleagues at an art auction house, finds herself as hostess of a fancy club in London. Before she knows it, she’s embroiled in fraud, insider trading and a life in the South of France she could never have foreseen. There are some great filthy chapters (hence the Grey references), but otherwise there’s a real plot line and I’m looking forward to reading ‘Domina’ and ‘Ultima’, the two additions to the trilogy.
A heartwarming giggle
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, Balli Kaur Jaswal
Tired of her father’s demands for a stable career, Nikki takes on a creative writing class for women at her local temple. After a few sessions, it’s clear that Nikki’s lesson plans aren’t being appreciated and the women start to take the sessions down their own paths, exploring ideals, sexualities and fantasy – topics Nikki had NOT expected to come up at all. This story explores tradition, religion, cultural clashes and sexuality in a way that you’d never expect. Heart-warming, interesting and so funny at times, it’s a great book and I honestly loved it.
Everything I know about love, Dolly Alderton
With stories from her teenage years and twenties, covering love from every angle, Dolly’s memoir makes you feel that you’re a normal person. No matter your emotional highs and lows over the years, it’s likely that Dolly has experienced something similar and written about it in this book. From front to back, this memoir gives you the authentic truth and hope you need in early adulthood. An easy, yet entertaining read, which I thoroughly recommend you get to over the coming weeks if you haven’t done so already. Now is the time.
Let me know what you thought of these books? What are your recommendations to share?
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