Weekend Reading #1

Happy Sunday! What did everyone get up to this weekend? I went to a Farmers Market on Saturday morning and spent the rest of the day at the Mornington Peninsula, sunbaking, eating and browsing the stores! It was such a beautiful day and the perfect way to unwind! My weekends are always busy with visiting family (they are spread out all over Melbourne grrr), cleaning the house which never seems to end and rushing around so it was so nice to have a day to ourselves and just do what we wanted to do.

Ok so you know that I love books and I love reading, so I’ve decided to start an online book club here on the blog. While I don’t read as much as I used to (I’m famous in my family for finishing a novel in a day #slowsociallife), it’s something that always grounds me and helps to take my mind off real life for awhile. It also helps when I’m feeling anxious and panicky and calms my racing heart down.

I’ve bought a whole heap of books over the last few months and am slowly working my way through them. Between full time work and working on the blog I always squeeze in time for reading! Here’s what I’ve been reading over the last couple of weeks:

I heart New York by Lindsey Kelk. This is a book series centred around the protanagist Angela, who has fled her life in London for the bright lights of New York. I came across this book series while browsing Book Depositry (my new guilty pleasure) and was totally sucked in by the words New York. I bought the first three books in the series and am halfway through the second book. So what did I think of I heart New York? First of all, it is a very entertaining read. It was so great reading about a city that I am obsessed with and the character Angela has so many great adventures that it makes my life seem incredibly boring! While it isn’t a deep read and the scenarios aren’t always realistic, Lyndsey Kelk writes in a way that makes you relate to the characters and their problems. It is a great book to take down to the beach (like I did yesterday) or to have a lazy Sunday reading session on the couch.

Wifey by Judy Blume. I grew up reading Judy Blume books and could always identify with her characters. She has the ability to create characters that are flawed, just like everyday humans. Wifey is a novel that I never read, and when I saw it on Book Depositry I immediately ordered it. This book created so much controversy when it was released in the late 1970s that the author had to fight to keep it on shelves. After reading it I understood why! It has so much adultery, and perfectly captures how a bored housewife must have felt all those decades ago. The main character is Sandy, a wife and mother whose husband and kids don’t give her much attention. Without giving too much away, Sandy embarks on an adventure and gives in to her every whim and fantasy. It was so funny at times but also very sad; it perfectly sums up how women at the time were expected to be a good housewife and mother and not much else. It’s written with Judy Blume’s signature wit and humour and was a great read. Let me know in the comments below if you’ve read Wifey and what you thought of it!

Love at First Flight by Tess Woods. So I picked this up at a random bookstore and bought it purely based on the blurb. I’ll admit I’m a bit of a romantic and always like a good love story. Well, the book wasn’t quite what I expected and it didn’t really go in the direction I thought it would, but overall it was an interesting read of how every choice we make has consequences. To summarise the book, two strangers meet on a plane and fall in love. They are both attached (one is married with kids, the other is engaged) so you can imagine the turmoil and anger their actions cause to themselves and to those around them. It did leave me feeling a bit sad at the end, I think because it didn’t have the cliche ‘happily ever after’ ending. Overall, Love at First Flight was an interesting and thought provoking read.

Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes. Definitely my favourite book of the month. Jojo Moyes wrote the award winning novel ‘Me Before You’ which was turned into a blockbuster movie (which I still haven’t gotten around to watching grrr). Paris For One and Other Stories is a collection of short stories all centred around ordinary, everyday people. Jojo Moyes is so good at storytelling and she has a quirky, creative style of writing that makes even the most mundane situation interesting. This book reminds us that we all have a story to tell, no matter how ordinary our life is.

What are some of your favourite reads? I’d love for you to share them below!

xo Roxane

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