I love reading. So as part of my regular posts I will blog about books I am reading, like my own little book club looking at the books I am loving (or not). As this is my first post about books though, I thought I would post about my favourite books from the past couple of years.
Hothouse Flower – Lucinda Riley
This is one of my favourite books of all time and introduced me to Historical Fiction. The story jumps from the present to the past telling the intriguing stories of an old house and the people that have lived there over time. I couldn’t put this book down. The characters are really believable and you are eager to follow the multi-layered stories surrounding them. The excellent story telling builds up to a fantastic ending with lots of twists. This lead me to read more Lucinda Riley books. I am currently working my way through the Storm Sisters collection of books.
Emma’s Secret: A Novel – Steena Holmes
(Book 2 of the series)
Following the return of their daughter after she was kidnapped 2 years ago, the book tells the story of a family fighting to get normality back and the strains of the truth behind the past few years. I haven’t actually read the first book in this series but it didn’t affect this story in any way as Holmes has written this as a stand-alone book. I enjoyed this book. It had an unusual story and I was keen to finish it as I just couldn’t predict the ending and it didn’t disappoint!
Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
This story will make you laugh and cry. It follows the story of a young girl who becomes a carer for a young man who is paralysed following a motorbike accident. He is very bitter and angry and their relationship develops covering a range of emotions. It also contains lots of quite controversial topics and emotions surrounding the main characters condition. It is a really good book and again one you are keen to turn the page. I know everyone raves about Jojo Moyes but I do not always enjoy her books and find them a bit predictable, but I really enjoyed this. It has been made into a film recently but I haven’t watched it yet.
Before I Go to Sleep – S. J Watson
Following an accident 29 years ago Christine’s memory is erased every night when she goes to sleep. She begins to write a journal to keep track of her memories but as the story develops things don’t seem to make sense and she cannot tell the truth from the lies. I read this book before I watched the film and it is so much better than the film with lots more detail and suspense. My mind was constantly thinking throughout this book, questioning every action a character made. The twist at the end was fantastic, I didn’t see it coming at all!
The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd
Set in 1964 rural South Carolina, this story follows the life of 14 year old white girl called Lily. Following the death of her mother 10 years ago she is brought up by a black nanny/servant Rosaleen. Her father is very distant and uncaring. Following a racial event Lily and her nanny escape and become fugitives. They end up in the house of 3 black sisters who look after bees, where they help around the house in return for their keep. The story follows the story of their time at the house, the relationships that develop, racism within society at the time and the hidden identities they have taken. I LOVED this book. It is so interesting and entertaining at the same time. It shows how hard it was for coloured people within society in the 1960s. It is also, funny and charming at the same time.
The Help – Kathryn Stockett
This book is similar to The Secret Life of Bees in that it deals with society and how white and black people were treated so differently at that time. It is written really well telling the story through 3 main characters from complete different backgrounds. I love the way the author completely changes the style of writing for each person too, so each chapter has a different feel. The book is about a young white college graduate who decides to write a book telling the true stories of the maids or ‘help’ from the houses in the village. The stories are shocking and have a huge impact on all their lives. This has been made into a film which I thought was also really good but the book is much better. I really felt for the characters and again laughed and cried a lot during this incredible book.
Eeny Meeny: DI Helen Grace 1 – M.J. Arlidge
This is a fast paced serial killer thriller that will have you turning the page with anticipation. Pairs of victims are being abducted and given a choice: kill or be killed. Detective Inspector Helen Grace leads the investigation to find the victims and stop the killer. This remind me of James Patterson books, so if you are a fan of his, you will like this series of books. I won’t say much as don’t want to give anything away but with lots of suspense and twists this book really will keep you on the edge of your seat.
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
This is one of my favourite books of all time, so I could not write a book post without including it. It is a completely different type of book to anything else I have read but I was just so intrigued by it. It is based in Nazi Germany in 1939. (I always find anything-historical based interesting.). It follows the story of a 9-year-old girl called Liesel living with a foster family. It covers the troubles the people of Germany faced during the war such as the fighting, the treatment of the Jewish people and the loss of lives. The interesting thing about this book though, is that is written by DEATH. He takes the reader through the lives and deaths of the characters. It is a long book but I just could not put it down, as I just didn’t know what to expect when I turned the page.
I hope you enjoyed my blog post. Please let me know in the comments any book suggestions. Thanks for reading…