It seems while there has been somewhat of a lack of blogging throughout January, my reading certainly hasn’t suffered. I’ve devoured six brilliant books this month. All of them quite different. But equally as enjoyable. If you’re looking for a book to lose yourself in, you won’t go wrong with one of these.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
I may have cried a little (I’m lying, I spent half the book crying) while reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The last in the series of Harry Potter books, it is just as addictive as the other six books, sweeping you up into the world of Hogwarts and beyond for one last hurrah. And it’s all action from the get go, as you join Harry on the eve of his 17th birthday as he prepares to be whisked away to safety now the protective charm he’s been under since he was a baby has been broken. And as Harry prepares to face The Dark Lord for the final time, which one of them will survive?
The Immortalists was such a captivating book, I couldn’t bear putting it down. It transports you back in time, pulling you into the story as you quickly find yourself tangled up in the lives of each of the Gold children. If you haven’t read it already, you definitely need to add it to your ‘to be read’ list. It’s unmissable. Here’s what it says on the back cover:
It’s 1969, and holed up in a grimy tenement building in New York’s Lower East Side is a travelling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the date they will die. The four Gold children, too young for what they’re about to hear, sneak out to learn their fortunes.
Such prophecies could be dismissed as trickery and nonsense, yet the Golds bury theirs deep. Over the years that follow they attempt to ignore, embrace, cheat and defy the ‘knowledge’ given to them that day – but it will shape the course of their lives forever.
Another absolutely unmissable book, The Binding has a magical quality about it. You’re transported back in time, to a world where books aren’t just books. They’re memories, secrets and unbearable pain, locked away among the pages of a book. Something that allows you to forget forever. Of course, it isn’t quite a simple as that. In order to have your memories bound into a book you need to find a binder. And this is where the story begins, with Emmett working on his family farm, little knowing how much his life is about to change.
It’s another book told from different perspectives and it really is magical, with lots of twists and turns along the way.
A Gift from the Comfort Food Cafe
As vomit inducing as this might sound, the Comfort Food Cafe books are just that, a chick lit shaped gift of loveliness and the latest in the series is no different. A Gift from the Comfort Food Cafe is one of those books you can easily devour in one sitting and leaves you wanting more.
Growing up in a family where arguments and violence was the norm, Katie found herself running away from her relationship when she saw how it was in danger of mirroring that of her parents. Arriving in the pretty coastal village of Budbury with her baby son, she sets about making a new life for herself and her son. But when her old life seems intent on making itself part of her present, she has to decide whether to run again.
Happiness for Beginners
A story of hard knocks and second chances, Happiness for Beginners is a joy of a read. Molly lives on a farm full of rather individual animals, from anti-social sheep to a horse with an allergy to his own hair. She’s happy in her own little bubble, away from the stresses and strains of outside influences. And uses the farm as an alternative education centre for kids who haven’t benefited from being in mainstream education. As her bond grows with a new student, not to mention his devastatingly handsome dad, she finds herself being taken well out of her comfort zone. And with the new HS2 line threatening the farm she’s called home for as long as she can remember, things certainly aren’t as simple as they used to be for Molly.
If you’re on instagram, you need this book. Hashtag Authentic is every bit as magical as Sara’s feed and more. Of course the photos are stunning and it’s packed full of tips and tricks. But what really surprised me is the writing. Having read Sara’s blog for some time, I knew she was a great writer, but this book showcases just how good she really is. While it is an instructional book, it almost weaves a story and you find yourself lost among its pages. And one thing you’re guaranteed to believe by the end of it is that you too can have a beautiful instagram feed. Regardless of your body shape or size, your less than perfect home furnishings or lack of photo-worthy pets or kids. It’s all the motivation you’ll ever need to create an instagram feed you love.
* Some of the above mentioned books were gifted for the purpose of review
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