Reading #8

Wow it’s been a while since my last book review!

Reading has taken a backseat over the last few months. Work got so busy that by the end of each day I was completely drained and the last thing I felt like doing was reading. But alas, I am back into it and thought I’d share some book reviews with you.

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
. This book had come highly recommended by other book bloggers so I had high expectations. And while it was an enjoyable read, I didn’t love it. The writing seemed a bit young to me; I think it’s aimed more at a YA demographic. It centres around a girl, Macy who runs into Elliot, a boy she grew up with and who was the love of her life. It alternates between past and present and take the reader on a journey to find out why they stopped speaking all those years ago. Something tragic happened back then and you only find out towards the end. It was an easy read however it didn’t wow me.

Emotional Female by Yumika Kadoko. I first came across Yumika when her blog post about being an overworked surgeon went vile. I quickly found her on Instagram, followed her and really enjoyed her candid views on the medical profession. When she released her memoir Emotional Female I quickly preordered it as I was so excited to know more of her story. Her story is truly heartbreaking. After studying for years towards her dream career of becoming a surgeon, she eventually quits after the profession takes a physical and mental toll on her. I really enjoyed getting to know Yumika, all the way from her childhood to high school, uni to becoming a qualified surgeon and everything in between. One thing that stands out frequently is Yumika’s beautiful friendships with her parents and two sisters. This no doubt helped her to recover from all she had endured. I highly recommend reading this; it’s a very relevant book now as it deals with racism, sexism and the real issues doctors are facing.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. This book came highly recommended by other bloggers so I decided to pick up a copy. Maybe my expectations were too high however I didn’t end up loving this book. The Hating Game centres around two collegues who, (you guessed it) hate each other and often play games to get on each other’s nerves. Of course, hate turns into something else and soon they find themselves in completely new territory. I found the writing style a bit quirky, especially when it came to the love scenes. So while it was an ok read I wouldn’t personally recommend it. Funny story, I mentioned that I didn’t love it to a book club I am in and someone personally reached out and asked me why…they were actually shocked that I didn’t love it. LOL. I think I will need to read it again.

The Paris Affair by Pip Drysdale. Oh this book. It was so good. Harper Brown is a journalist from London living and working in Paris. First of all, the descriptions of Paris by the author are amazing. It describes the city so beautifully; the cobblestoned streets, the apartment blocks. It makes you feel like you are actually there. Anyway back to the story. Young women keep disappearing from the streets of Paris and when Harper realises she knows one of the victims, she finds herself investigating the case. Harper is like a real life Nancy Drew (abeit a cooler, hipper version) and soon she is drawn into the dark underbelly of Paris. I could not put this book down. I devoured it over two nights and was shocked by the twist. It is smart, creepy and really well written. Highly recommend!

The Professional by Kresley Cole. I bought another copy of mine as I lent it to someone and never got it back. This is part of the Russian series by Kresley Cole and is the first book in the series. Natayla is a Russian born, adopted college student who is studying and working in Nebraska. One night she meets Aleksandr, a brutish yet totally hot Russian and soon finds out he has been sent to bring her back to Russia to meet her birth father and to escape serious threats on her life. On the private plane there, she finds out she is the heir to a huge fortune (and hi, sorry but why has this never happened for me?) and also realises just how attracted she is to Aleksandr, her father’s enforcer and right hand man. It has plenty of naughty scenes, including one in an underground Paris errrr, ‘club’, so probably best not to read this one in public. Overall it’s an enjoyable read and I love the descriptions of Russia and Paris.

The Girl Before by JP Delaney. This is one of those psychologically thrilling novels, similar to The Wife Before Me and Gone Girl. The story centres around two women who both separately rented at 1 Folgate Street, a property owned by an eccentric architect at different times. The house comes with a bizarre set of rules that must be adhered to by tenants. The story is told by two perspectives; by Jane who is the current tenant and Emma who was the tenant before her. As Jane slowly learns about the house and her strange landlord, she starts to investigate the murder that previously took place at the house…and whether the mysterious landlord had anything to do with it. At the beginning and middle I loved this book. I could not put it down. And then came the ending. I won’t spoil it but it was completely weak. I felt like there was a lot of hype to the story and then it fell flat. While it was well written, I did not love it and would not recommend.

The Strangers We Know by Pip Drysdale. After reading and loving The Paris Affair, I promptly ordered Pip’s other two books. The Strangers We Know is about Charlie, a woman who has been married to Oliver for eighteen months. One night, she sees him on a dating app and what follows is her quest to find out the truth. Her initial reaction is that Oliver is cheating yet as she digs deeper and deeper, Charlie soon realises all it not how it seems. It was a fast paced book that was full of suspense and twists and I really enjoyed it. It is also been turned into a Netflix series, so can’t wait for that! While I did not enjoy it as much as The Paris Affair, it was still an enjoyable read and I would recommend.

Currently reading:

Untamed by Glennon Doyle. I picked this up randomly as it sounded like an interesting read and unlike anything I’d read before. Untamed it about how we as females are stifled and brought up to be small and quiet. So far, it has been an interesting read and many times I have found myself agreeing with Glennon. It is quite dramatic and at times over the top to be honest but nonetheless so far it has been a good read.

Next on my list: Where The Crawdads Sing, The Nowhere Child.

What’s currently on your reading list?


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