My Recent Reads – January & February 2019

My Recent Reads – January & February 2019

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As I’ve mentioned in a few of my posts recently, at the beginning of the year I decided that I wanted to take more time out for reading. It’s such a good way of switching off and clearing the mind, and I wanted to stop wasting so much time online scrolling social media endlessly. So, I set myself a Goodreads challenge – albeit a slightly ambitious one of reading 52 books this year – and I also set up my online book club. You can read more about that here, and if it sounds up your street, you can join here.


When I’m looking for something new to read I tend to base it on recommendations. I have a whole folder of screenshots on my phone from where friends have shared the books they’ve loved and I’m adding them all to my To Be Read list. So, with this in mind, I thought it made sense to share my Recent Reads each month, and let you know what I have thought of each of them – the good, the bad and the ugly. Hopefully one of you may find a new book for your list!


A Stranger In The House by Shari Lapena
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This is a really compelling story of friendship, love, jealousy, anger and lies. All wrapped up with a delightful twist or two along the way. I read it cover to cover in one day; I couldn’t put it down!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – 5 stars

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins
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An interesting book to read and a great twisty storyline but it’s told from several different point of views and changes character from chapter to chapter, which was a little confusing at the beginning, but it’s worth a read!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – 4 stars

The Woman In The Window by AJ Finn
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I absolutely loved this book from the minute I started it and took every possible opportunity I had to settle down and read a few more pages. A psychological thriller that keeps you guessing.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – 5 stars

Slender Man by Anonymous
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I downloaded this as I had seen online that the story was told through the use of diary entries, police interviews, group chat messages and local press, which I thought was a great concept. However, having read it I feel like it JUST missed the mark. I know it’s YA Fiction so I’m not the target audience, but there was a part of me that felt a little bit more could be done with it. It wasn’t a bad book, but it didn’t quite tick all the boxes for me.

⭐️⭐️ – 2 stars

This Is Going To Hurt: Secret Diaries Of A Junior Doctor by Adam Kay
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I had seen so many people raving about this book and was given it as a Christmas gift by one of my best friends as she knew I wanted to read more this year (thoughtful, I know!) and I have to say it didn’t disappoint; I loved every single page of it! I laughed out loud, I gasped, and I felt a really deep sadness at the contents of the last chapter. I have nothing but respect for the NHS and those who work in it and this book totally cemented that for me.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – 5 stars

White Rabbit, Red Wolf by Tom Pollock
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This was another gift from a friend – one of my absolute favourite people in fact, Grace – as she had loved it and wanted me to read it too. I have to say I was simultaneously completely and utterly confused by this book and also completely gripped by it at the same time. It’s been a long time since I read a book and wasn’t able to see the twist creeping up on me way before it was made obvious, but this book managed it! I really enjoyed the fact that this book kept my mind so engrossed the whole time. So, so good.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – 5 stars


Talking With Female Serial Killers by Christopher Berry-Dee
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This is the book I’m currently reading and I have to admit I’m struggling with it. I’ve read one of Berry-Dee’s previous books and found that hard going to as I find his writing style quite difficult to get lost in, but in this book, as well as that issue, I’m also finding that my brain keeps getting the occasional jolt of this-was-written-with-the-male-gaze. Each of the female serial killers in the book has been introduced with a description of her appearance – one of which was described as “… petite, in real life drop-dead gorgeous, magazine-cover-glossy, classy act…” Another was “… a statuesque beauty with sultry, raven hair. She had a figure that made most men, and many women, drool… even after serving 15 years in prison she was still drop-dead gorgeous…” I don’t know; I just felt like describing these women by their physical attributes and glamorising them in such a way was a little off-key. I will keep ploughing on with the book though as the subject matter is my genre of choice and I’m sure it’ll be interesting; I just need to persevere.


Now, the eagle-eyed amongst you will realise that I’m slightly behind my Goodreads Challenge schedule. To nail my target of 52 books by the end of the year I need to reading one each week – we are now into week 10 of 2019 and I’m on book 7 – I need to get a wiggle on!


I have quite a few books on To Be Read list but I’m always looking for recommendations, so if there’s anything you’ve read and think I need to know about, let me know! You can either comment in the box at the bottom of this post, or contact me on any of my social channels (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook).


I’ll be back again at the beginning of March with my Recent Reads, so I’ll definitely have to get a move on with my current book or there won’t be much to talk about!


Back soon…




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  1. March 11, 2019 / 7:14 am

    I don’t read much at all but last year I read Cows by Dawn O Porter. One of the leads is a blogger so that was a draw. Honestly tho I feel like I’ve watched it in a film. I can visualise everything I read. It was fabulous and twisty. I’ve since followed Dawn on insta and her stories are hilarious. She’s also writing again so…. defo recommend.

    I like the sound of a few you have mentioned above so will make a note. I’m currently reading my Constance hall books though. It literally takes me a year to read a book.

    • Penny
      March 18, 2019 / 5:46 pm

      I love Dawn O’Porter! Fun Fact: She’s the first person I ever followed on Twitter – I miss her documentaries so much! Cows is a brilliant book, I loved every single page of it!

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