I know summer is when people who don’t usually pick up a book find the time to read more. All those leisurely hours spent on holiday reading book after book. But it couldn’t be more different for me! Ha! Summer for me means a house full of noise and children and our holidays are never the relaxing by the pool type. In fact, I normally come back from holiday more exhausted than before but in a totally awesome uplifted kind of way of course. I wouldn’t have it any other way. And those moments where I can snatch a little time to read are even more precious in summer as a result so I like to pick my books carefully knowing that they might be the only one I get to read. As it happens, I got through three whole books this month but I think that was because they all turned out to be complete page-turners.
First of all was In The Unlikely Event by Judy Blume which started out quite slowly for me but then I ended up not being able to put it down. I remember being a big fan of Judy Blume as a young teenager and dog eared copies of her books would be stolen from older siblings and passed around in school accompanied with much giggling. This of course is a much more grown up book shall we say. And a really good one at that. I struggled with the number of characters in the beginning which is why I think I couldn’t get straight into it. I couldn’t keep up with who was who without referring to the character list in the front of the book but I got there eventually. I really don’t want to give too much away with this book because it really is special and you should read it for yourself but all I would say is that it is a story of love and friendship set against a backdrop of extraordinary tragedy.
Next was You and Me, Always by one of my very favourite authors Jill Mansell. I have read and loved every single one of her books and I think this is her best yet (although I have a feeling that I say that with the release of every one of her books!) I was completely hooked from the very first chapter though she just writes so brilliantly. The story is set in a pretty Cotswold village and there is romance aplenty but also quite a few distractions on the way. On the morning of Lily’s twenty-fifth birthday she opens a letter from her mother who sadly passed away when she was a little girl. She finds out about the only real true love of her mum’s life and before long, secrets begin to emerge and nothing will ever be the same again. It is a really warm hearted story that I simply could not put down. I can’t recommend it enough!
And last but by no means least is Truly Madly Guilty by another favourite author of mine Liane Moriarty. It feels like I’ve been waiting forever for the release of this new book but it is here at last and it was certainly worth the wait. Yet another gripping book from her. I guess it is fair to say that her books all tend to follow the same kind of formula and this new one was no exception. You know that something big has happened involving three couples but you can’t quite work out what until the story unfolds. The tale skipped forwards and backwards in time and by the time all the pieces fell into place, I was totally wowed by her storytelling. Yet again. She reels me in every time.
So there we have it. Three absolute belters this month so I couldn’t possibly pick a favourite. They were all brilliant in their own different ways. What have you been reading this month? Go on, make me jealous with the piles and piles of books that you have got through this month!