What I've been reading | April/May

I have to admit that I wasn't really on the reading train in April. It took me nearly an entire month to read one book! But I got back on it in May, and I'm back to devouring pretty much a book a week and loving it. So here are some of the books that have got me obsessed again - a mixture of real thrillers, inspiring memoirs and guides to healthy eating. Without further ado, here's what I've been reading in April/May...

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Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything - Elizabeth Gilbert

I'm a bit on the fence about this one. For those who haven't already read it, it's split into 3 sections - namely Italy, India and Indonesia. I really, really enjoyed the first two sections, and found them very inspiring and uplifting, but I found the last section a little slow and repetitive. Ultimately, it's worth a read, but if you've already seen the film, don't expect anything too different.

How To Build a Girl - Caitlin Moran

I LOVED THIS. It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Caitlin Moran, but I had read a few mixed reviews of this book and wasn't sure what to expect. But I needn't have worried - the characters were brilliant, the narrative was so genuine and relatable, and the plot was as poignant as you would expect for a "coming of age" novel. Would definitely recommend for a humorous but heart-tugging read.

The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins

I bought this one after my friend told me it was so good she read it in a day, and it turned out to be the best holiday read! It really was a gripper - even though I didn't really empathise with any of the characters I was still desperate to keep reading on to find out what happened to them all. And as with all good thrillers, there's a definite twist!!!

Eat. Nourish. Glow. - Amelia Freer

When we got back from our holiday, I felt sluggish, bloated and had the worst bouts of IBS and eczema that I've had in months. I knew I needed to make some changes in my diet but was feeling a bit overwhelmed with where to start. I picked Amelia's book up on a whim and I am SO GLAD I did. It has taught me so much about nutrition and health, and three weeks later I am already feeling so much better in myself. A must read if you're also looking to learn a bit more about nutrition.

The Day We Disappeared - Lucy Robinson

This was such a warm, lovely read. It had everything you want from an escapism novel - relatable characters, a bit of romance, and a truly gripping novel. I don't want to say too much in case I ruin the plot, but it really made me look forward to my daily bus commute - one morning I was so gripped in the story that I almost missed my stop! Not the most intelligent or profound of novels, but definitely one that will leave you feeling smiley and fuzzy.

What have you been reading recently? I'm always on the look out for new books to add to my "to read" pile!