I seem to be reading less than usual or at least slower than normal but I have had a run of really good books this year which is always a nice thing and this month was no exception. I only finished three books but I would recommend every one.
First up was Who’s That Girl? by Mhairi McFarlane which of course I can’t even type without getting an earworm but that is no bad thing. I have been really looking forward to this book coming out in paperback as I have read (and loved) every one of her previous books. This was another stonkingly good read. Not just a run of the mill romance (barf) it was modern, witty and laugh out loud funny. Mhairi McFarlane creates the most relatable characters and one thing that she always gets right with her books is that the endings never feel rushed. She has a really clever way of tying up all of those loose ends but at the same time always leaves you imagining that the characters lives will continue after the book has finished if that makes sense? I would definitely recommend this and in fact all of her previous novels too if you haven’t read them already.
Next was After You by Jojo Moyes which is of course the sequel to the amazingly successful Me Before You. I have had this book sat on my shelf for ages but have kept putting off reading it because I was worried that it might somehow taint my view of the first book which I loved. That doesn’t make much sense when I say it out loud because surely if I loved the first book, I would be dying to read the sequel? I know, I know! But I was scared that it just wouldn’t live up to the hype. I read Me Before You before all of the hype you see and way before the hugely successful film. But I am glad to say that I was wrong diddly wrong. It was a beautiful sequel and it truly felt like catching up with an old friend. It wasn’t as emotional as the first book but to be fair, that would take some doing?! But it picked up Lou Clark’s story perfectly and I am so glad I read it. I read in an interview with Jojo Moyes the other week that there is going to be a third book as she always intended for the story to be told over a trilogy apparently. The cynic in me can’t help but think that she is riding on the success of the first book for as long as possible but who can blame her? And of course I’ll be first in line to read the next one. This book has quite an open ending so it would be nice if there was a third book to give a real sense of closure actually. We’ll have to see!
And last but by no means least was Villa America by Liza Klaussmann which is one of my very favourite books of the year so far. It was faultless and I never wanted it to end. It is a historical novel based on the lives of Sara and Gerald Murphy who were real people and friends with Picasso, Hemingway, the Fitzgeralds and the like. The story was framed by fact but ultimately fiction and wonderfully written. Reading it though, the lines between fact and fiction are completely blurred making it just a brilliant story. I never felt the need to question what was real and what was fact. It was just so cleverly written. I am fascinated by this time in history, the whole ‘lost generation’ when so many brilliant writers and artists came of age. What a time to be alive, eh? If you have read The Paris Wife or Mrs Hemingway, I think you will love this. And if you haven’t, then you need to read them all!
So that was me, what have you been reading this month? As always, leave me a comment here or join the chat over on Instagram by searching under my hashtag #mostlyreading