Friday, 18 May 2018

Books I've Read Recently

books I've read recently

| The Books I've Read Recently! |

It's no secret that reading is one of my favourite hobbies, however, I don't know what's happened to my reading mojo this year. I read two books in January and then after that, I ended up in a reading slump so I haven't read as much as I'd like at this stage of the year. I had my Goodreads reading goal set to 25 but I've lowered it to 20 so I'm not pressured and overwhelmed to finish the challenge. And it seems to have worked because I'm slowly but surely starting to fall back in love with reading. But here's a look at the books that I've read so far this year and hopefully I'll get to read more soon!

My Goodreads 2018 challenge: 6/20

1) The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee:
My Rating: 4 Stars
The Dazzling Heights is the second book in The Thousandth Floor series which follows a group of elite teenagers living in a futuristic NYC where everyone lives in a thousandth floor tower. It's very alike Gossip Girl with the opulent parties, the glamorous gowns, the drama and it also has the rich vs poor element by having a few characters that live on the lower floors of the tower, similarly to how Gossip Girl used the Humphreys to demonstrate this. The book is told in multiple points of view which is a really effective technique to tell the story and it's done properly so it's not confusing. If you're looking for something easy to read and you liked Gossip Girl then I think you'll love this! I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out in August!

2) Turtles All The Way Down by John Green:
My Rating: 4 Stars
I loved John Green's books when I was a teen and I read every single one of his books, so I was delighted to see him release a new one last year. Turtles All The Way Down follows 16-year-old Aza who is trying to uncover the mystery of a missing fugitive billionaire, after much convincing from her friend Daisy who is after the hundred-thousand-dollar reward on offer. The story also approaches mental health as Aza has OCD and the book presents her overwhelming and intrusive thoughts. I was diagnosed with OCD when I was 15 and I really appreciated reading a book that presented the illness accurately. There's a lot of stigma regarding OCD and I honestly think this book gives a little insight to how intrusive the thoughts can be. Although the book presented an important message like all John Green's books, it was still a light-hearted read with the usual quirkiness you'd find in his books! I missed his writing style and I hope he writes another book soon! 

Books I've Read Recently

3) Still Me by Jojo Moyes:
My Rating: 4 Stars
I read the first two books of the Me Before You series a few years ago and Louisa Clark is one of my favourite book characters, so it's safe to say I was delighted to read another book about the quirky character. The story carries on straight after the events of the previous book and this time we're brought on a whirlwind adventure to NYC as Lou gets a job working as an assistant for a wealthy couple. It was a light-hearted, quick and easy read, and I highly recommend checking out the series. You won't be disappointed!

4) The Secret by Rhonda Byrne:
My Rating: 5 Stars
I don't normally read many non-fiction books but the idea of reading positive and motivational books has appealed to me recently. The first book that I read in my quest of delving into this genre was The Secret, a renowned and best-selling book that reveals the secret to taking control of your life using the law of attraction. There are chapters on gratitude, money, health and it even talks about setting your day in advance by thinking of all the positive things that are going to happen to you that day. It's one that I'll keep coming back to time and time again to refresh my mind of the teachings. If you'd like a more positive outlook on life then this book might be what you're looking for!

5) Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake:
My Rating: 2 Stars
I had high hopes for this book as lots of people were raving about it, however, this book was a complete miss for me, unfortunately. The story is about three sisters who are heirs to the crown but they have to fight to the death for it. It was an interesting albeit unusual concept but overall I didn't like the writing style, the majority of the story was boring and the characters were bland too. I'd say avoid this one, haha!

6) A Court Of Frost & Starlight by Sarah J Maas:
My Rating: 5 Stars
My favourite author ever is Sarah J. Maas and it's always a good month whenever she releases a new book. Her first book of the year is A Court Of Frost And Starlight which is the third instalment of the A Court Of Thorns And Roses series. It's a fantasy tale filled with faeries, ethereal creatures, friendship, romance and it's set in an enchanting world! The fourth chapter and final chapter of Feyre and Rhys' story - the series will continue from the perspective of another character in the series - takes place after the dramatic war that took place in the previous novel. It's Feyre's first Winter Solstice in the Night Court with her new family and the holiday is essentially like Christmas so it would be a good cosy Winter read! 

What books have you read recently?

Love,
Cliona xx
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