June was the month I fell back in love with my local library. I abandoned my beloved Amazon wishlist in favour of good old-fashioned library books. And boy did I make the most of their reserve and collect system. Infact, I may have got a little too excited and reserved far too many as the majority became available at the same time. But is there ever such a thing as having too many books to read? I don’t think so.
Without further rambling, here’s what I read this month.
How to Keep a Secret
What happens when a secret tears a family apart only for them to be thrown together again years later? How to Keep a Secret takes you from London to America as the Stewart women are forced together when Lauren’s husband dies and life as she knows it is turned upside down. But what is the secret preventing Lauren’s daughter from opening up to her? And why is the relationship with her own mother so strained? It’s a tale of mystery, rebuilding fractured family relationships and learning to move forward, even when that involves revisiting your past. A great summer read.
The Rules of Magic
Am I the only person in the world not to have read or watched Practical Magic? Rest assured, I have watched the film now, but the prequel book The Rules of Magic is perhaps one of the best books I’ve ever read. It enchanted me from beginning to end, drawing me into the story. I didn’t want it to end. Following the 3 Owens siblings as they embrace who they truly are, learn about the gift of magic they’ve each inherited and a so-called family curse dating back to the time of the infamous witch trials. It’s such a wonderful story and will have you gripped from the very first page.
Talking as Fast as I Can
If you’re a fan of Lauren Graham aka Lorelai Gilmore, Talking as Fast as I Can is the book for you. You discover the similarities and differences between Lauren and Lorelai as she takes you on a whistle-stop tour of her life, including both times she played Lorelai. But does she answer the question on everyone’s lips? Is it the end? I love the way Lauren Graham writes, she is easily as funny as the Gilmore Girls themselves, but I did find myself drawn more to the sections of the book featuring the show, rather than the rest of her life.
You know when you read a book that has you on the edge of your seat, barely able to breathe? The Ex-Wife is that book. You don’t know what or who to believe, keeping you gripped from the very first page. Natasha thinks she has it all, the perfect house, the perfect husband, the beautiful daughter. Until one day her husband and daughter are gone and she’s locked out of her house. Help comes in the unlikely form of Jen, her husband’s ex-wife, but is she a help or a hindrance?
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
This is one of those books you read and say ‘yes’ as you nod along to every word. If you want to simplify your life without the guilt Essentialism is for you. If you’re suffering from burnout, thinking you have to do everything in your pursuit of ‘having it all’, you need to read this. It’s such a brilliant read, challenging you to rethink how you do things and really prioritise what you want. Infact, I may even dedicate an entire blog post to it’s best bits.
The Runaway Wife
The Runaway Wife is a wonderful read about second chances, friendship and lots of laughs. It proves you don’t have to put up with ‘just ok’ and stepping outside of your comfort zone is sometimes just what you need to do to find yourself. Tired of what her life has become, Connie decides one evening she’s had enough. Loading her belongings into her trusty car she sets off on a journey of self-discovery around the UK, picking up waifs and strays along the way. It’s a real feel good, laugh out loud read. I’m currently reading a pre-release review copy of the next book in the series and it’s just as good.
Have you read any stand out books recently?
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