Reading #5

Welcome back to another round up of what I’ve read lately!

I have read some amazing books recently, including one that has become a bit of an obsession (more on that below).

I am forever scouring other blogs for book recommendations, especially those bloggers who have similar interests/tastes as me.

So let’s get to them!

The Arrangement by Robyn Harding. I picked this up after reading Robyn’s previous two books and this one did not disappoint. The Arrangement follows Natalie, a college girl who sets herself up with a sugar daddy for extra cash. She falls for him hard and then things take a dark twist and Natalie finds herself in trouble. I really like Robyn’s easy style of writing and her ability to draw the reader in. I found myself wanting to know what happened next. I had an idea of how the ending would turn out so it wasn’t a huge revelation however it was still an enjoyable read. I would describe it as a psychological thriller style novel, similar to Gone Girl and The Wife Before Me.

The Idea of You by Robinne Lee. This is the book I’ve become obsessed with. The Idea of You is a Harry Styles fan fiction piece, but even if you aren’t a fan of Harold (umm, why not?) you should still read this book. Solene Marchland, a French divorcee and mother of one meets Hayes Campbell, one fifth of the biggest boy band in the world. She is 39, he is 20 and they start a fling that develops into so much more; they fall properly in love. I LOVE THIS BOOK. LOVE IT. The story is beautifully written, almost poetic. It is also elegant, emotional and erotic and I devoured it in one sitting. I feel like the cover of the book doesn’t do the story justice; it is definitely not your average ‘chick lit’ book. To add further excitement, the movie rights to the book have been sold so there will be a movie coming out (the excitement is real). I could go on and on but it won’t do the book justice. Just know that it’s amazing and you need to read it.

Sweet Bitter by Stephanie Danler. I originally came across the show on Stan and absolutely loved it so naturally I had to read the book. Sweet Bitter follows Tess, a 22 year old who moves to New York City for a change. She lands herself a restaurant job and quickly becomes entangled in all of the dramas of the staff. While the show was quite clean cut, the book is not and the characters are not as likeable. I enjoyed this story immensely, and loved how realistic it was. It perfectly captures how hard your early twenties are; the uncertainty, not being taken seriously and just the general ickiness of youth. Some parts were a bit hard to take in, like some of the choices Tess made but at the same time it was completely relatable. Stephanie Danler has a beautiful style of writing, very descriptive and precise. If you’re looking for a grittier read I think you’ll enjoy Sweet Bitter.

Second Glance by Jodi Picoult. I read this straight after The Idea of You so my expectations were super high. While it’s an interesting read I didn’t end up loving it as much as I thought. Second Glance follows Ross Waksman, a ghost hunter who is finding it hard to move on after the death of his fiancé. When he takes a job in the town of Comtosook he becomes entangled in a decades long murder mystery and things aren’t quite as they seem. Like all of Jodi’s books, each character has their own chapter to explain their own point of view. I did find some parts dragged on, especially the first part but once I got past that it became a real page turner. In typical Jodi fashion there was a ‘big’ reveal however I sort of had an idea of it so it wasn’t a total shock. Overall I did enjoy it but it definitely wasn’t my favourite Jodi Picoult novel.


In progress: Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult. This was another Jodi Picoult novel I was yet to read. Although I am not finished with it I will update this post with a review so be sure to check back!

So that rounds up my recent reads! The Idea of You was hands down my favourite book of the bunch and is also now one of my all time favourite reads. I honestly cannot recommend this book enough!

What have you read lately, anything good?

Thanks for reading!



  1. October 11, 2019 / 1:23 pm

    I have missed reading so much! Need to get back into it. Love that you gave us an “in progress” update too xxx

    • abeautywanderer
      October 13, 2019 / 4:55 pm

      Yay, can’t wait to hear what you read next 🙂

  2. October 13, 2019 / 3:20 pm

    I always enjoy discovering new novels to read through blogger’s posts like these – thanks for sharing your recent favourite reads Roxane! I’ve heard about Jodi Picoult before – I should pick up some of her books!
    Daisy xox

    • abeautywanderer
      October 13, 2019 / 4:53 pm

      Thanks Daisy, so glad you enjoyed it! I think you’ll like Jodi Picoult’s books. Can’t wait to hear what you think 🙂

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