Some of you long time readers might remember that back in 2016 I published monthly book reviews. I loved writing those posts (and you guys seemed to enjoy reading them!), but with all the wedding planning and general life chaos that filled 2017, I just didn’t have as much time as I would have liked to sit down and read.
I’m determined that 2018 is the year that I get back into a regular reading habit, and I’ve even set myself a little Goodreads challenge to read 52 books this year. I’ve made a good head start in January, and so I thought it was about time to bring these posts back. Welcome to The Book Review…
I have to admit that my first read of the year was actually a bit of a disappointing one. I picked it up in WH Smith as I’d read a couple of good reviews, but it just wasn’t for me. The novel follows the story of two couples who live on the same street and how their lives start to change as they develop a friendship. The plot felt slow to me at times, and I just found all of the characters really unlikeable.
As soon as I saw the cover of this book I knew I’d love it, and I wasn’t wrong! The book, written by Buzzfeed journalist Anne Helen Peterson, explores how female celebrities are pushing the boundaries of what is deemed “societally acceptable” and how they’re changing the perception of women and our role in society.
I found each and every essay interesting, thought provoking and insightful, and unlike other books of this ilk, I found the writing and research that supported it to be really accessible. I’m dying for a friend to read this book so that I can discuss it with them!
So, while my first fiction attempt of the year may not have been up to scratch, the second one definitely didn’t disappoint! The story follows Bethany Reston, a happily married photographer who is also having an affair with her biggest client. When her lover is brutally murdered, all evidence points to Bethany, and the only way she can prove her innocence is to track down the killer.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book – it had a very pacey plot, and twists and turns that kept me reading way past my bed time! If you’re on the lookout for a good psychological thriller, I would 100% recommend this.
The final book I read this month was my favourite by far. Dolly Alderton is a journalist and writer whose work I have loved for years, so when I heard she had written a memoir all about love, I knew I would adore it. I was lucky enough to get my hands on an advanced copy and devoured it in a matter of days.
This book is so beautifully written – Dolly has a talent for writing in a way that makes you feel every single emotion she describes so viscerally. I laughed out loud reading it, and I sobbed too. But more than anything, I finished this book feeling full of love – for my family, for my husband, and for the friends I’ve been lucky enough to grow up alongside.
If you read only one thing in February, make it Everything I Know About Love.
There you have it – my book reviews for January. I’ve already got my February reads lined up, so keep your eyes peeled for the next instalment. And if you have any recommendations for my “to read” pile, please let me know!