2020 for me is all about living my best life and part of that is spending more time doing things that make me happy and don’t involve me looking at a screen. So, one of the 2020 Goals I set myself was a Goodreads target of completing 40 books this year and, so far, I’m not doing too badly! I’m quite lucky (or unlucky, depending how you look at it) to spend about 2-hours a day sitting on a train commuting to/from work, but this gives me the ideal opportunity to get some reading done (when I’m not having a train nap that is…)
As I’m always looking for book recommendations and I know other people are too, I thought a monthly summary of what I’ve been reading might be handy, so here we are!
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A Good Enough Mother by Bev Thomas
Ruth is a therapist who has climbed to the top of her profession, but she has a painful secret from her colleagues – her son went missing years ago. One day a new patient comes into her care who brings back memories of her lost child and from there everything starts to fall apart.
I have to admit, I struggled a bit with this book. I thought it was ok but I didn’t love it and I didn’t find myself desperate to get back to reading it every day – it felt a little to me like there were whole chunks of the story that could have been removed and it still would have made sense. That said I know other people who have read it and raved about it, so it’s definitely all about personal preference so it’s worth giving it a shot yourself.
Silent Victim by Caroline Mitchell
Happily married with a husband and child she adores and a successful business, Emma seems to have it all. Except she’s hiding a terrible secret – years ago she killed the teacher who seduced her as a teen and left her life shattered, burying him in the garden of her family home. As the time comes for the house to be sold she returns to the grave to dispose of the remains, only to find them empty – the body has gone. In a panic she confesses to her husband and her life starts to spiral out of control.
I absolutely loved this book! There are so many twists and turns throughout and as soon as I thought I had an idea of what was going to happen next, it would all change. Throughout the book you really feel the emotions of Emma as you’re left wondering who can be trusted. A really brilliant read, I definitely recommend!
The Children’s Block by Otto B Kraus
A book of fiction, although with many of the stories and facts being based on the real-life experience of the author and people he knew, this is not an easy read. Although the story itself isn’t true, a lot of the content within is and it can be utterly heart-breaking. I struggled with this if I’m totally honest – I struggled a little with the writing style and had to keep going back and reading sections again as it didn’t sink in the first time (but this may well just be me) but the subject matter is also tough reading. Knowing that people went through this in recent history felt so hard to get my head around, but it’s important that this part of history isn’t forgotten and that we continue to remember those who were – and continue to be – affected by it. A deeply sad book.
The Wedding Date by Zara Stoneley
Samantha is asked to be the Maid of Honour at her best friend’s wedding, but her ex-boyfriend is the best man and he’s taking his heavily pregnant girlfriend. Not only that, but Sam’s parents are going and the wedding is a week-long event to be held in Scotland. Not wanting to go alone, after some persuasion Sam decides to hire an actor to play the part of her boyfriend – little does she know that she’s hired her dream man and as he plays the role of doting, loving boyfriend, she starts to wonder if perhaps he’s not acting after all…
This is very much not my usual kind of book – I literally never read romcom’s – but my best friend told me I had to give it a shot as she had loved it so much, so I did and I have to say, I actually quite enjoyed it! Being a romcom you can see the ending coming a mile off, but despite that, the story was a lot of fun being sweet and funny in equal measures. A definite heart-warmer and I can see this being made into a film one day, it would be perfect for it.
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I’m trying to branch out this year and read a little more variety than I usually would (I’m a crime thriller kinda girl usually) and I have a long list of books I want to read but I’m always looking for recommendations, so if you’ve got a book you couldn’t put down, I would love to hear about it!
I’ll be back soon to tell you about what I’ve been reading in February. In the meantime, let me know if you give any of these a bash and what you think of them! Happy reading gang!