Book Reviews | March Reads

book reviews It's book review time again already! I managed to read a decent amount this month despite all of the house moving and decorating chaos, although I did rely on some easier, lighter reads rather than anything too challenging. My "to read" pile is growing at a rapid rate (maybe I need to go on a book buying ban until I've powered through some?!) so I'm looking forward to powering through some new reads now that things have quitened down a little bit.

Anyway, here are my book reviews for March...

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Someone Who's Been There - Cheryl Strayed

This was the first book I read this month and I've been thinking about it ever since. Strayed's writing is so heartbreakingly beautiful and honest and full of warmth and love - I'm obsessed. This book is a collection of Agony Aunt style pieces that Strayed wrote under the then anonymous guise of "Sugar", but unlike the usual patronising advice columns that might spring to mind, this book is filled with moving stories, heartfelt advice and provoking questions that made me think about my life and some of my own decisions. I know that I'll be dipping back in and out of this book for years to come - definitely pick it up if you're in the market for something totally inspirational.

Three Wishes - Liane Moriarty

I picked this up after thoroughly enjoying Moriarty's "Big Little Lies" last month and it was an equally gripping read. The novel is told from the point of view of triplet sisters and their stories are interwoven cleverly to create a real page turner. Whilst not the most challenging or moving of books, it was a really enjoyable read to help me switch off after a long day and I'll definitely be picking up more of Moriarty's books for that reason.

Strictly Between Us - Jane Fallon

I bought this as part of the 3 for £10 paperback deal that Amazon sometimes run - it had great reviews and I thought it might be another good option for the "easy read" category that I needed this month. I have to be honest and say it really didn't do much for me - I didn't really like the characters very much, I felt like the plot was lacking and it all just felt a bit drawn out and unrealistic. While there was a decent amount of suspense and some neat twists, it just didn't have me clambering to pick it up each evening.

Brave Enough - Cheryl Strayed

This book is dubbed "a mini instruction manual for the soul" and that's exactly what it is. I bought it after enjoying Tiny Beautiful Things, and this little book filled with quotes from Strayed is just the sort of thing that everyone should keep on their desk for moments of self doubt or crisis or lack of inspiration. Even though I had read many of the quotes earlier in the month, I thoroughly enjoyed reading through this little collection and I got so many ideas and inspiration from it.

Radical Self Love: A Guide to Loving Yourself and Living Your Dream - Gala Darling

I love Gala's blog, which is really uplifting and positive, so when I saw that she had released a book, I was keen to get my hands on it! I really enjoyed it, and while I didn't agree with every single thing in the book, the whole concept of self love and positivity is definitely one that I can get on board with. It was a really inspirational read and made me rethink some of the bad habits and negative thinking that I had slipped into - it's a good starting point if you're want to look at making some positive changes to your general attitude to life.