I will never stop prefacing my posts with a quasi-apology about being behind with my posts. So here we are, in December, with a short roundup of the books I read in May and June.
Secrets and Seashells at Rainbow Bay by Ali McNamara*
Read my full review of Secrets and Seashells at Rainbow Bay.
The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby
I am a sucker for a YA novel, and they don’t even have to be that good! Not that The Secret History of Us wasn’t enjoyable, because it was. But in the grand scheme of things, it was quite lightweight. Teenager Olivia awakes from a coma with no memory of what put her there, and also no knowledge of her life from the last four years. It’s an interesting concept, because it means everyone around her knows more about her life than she does, but the obvious repercussions are romantic!
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
Writing this post from the vantage point of the end of the year means that I can say with confidence that The Flatshare will end up being one of my books of the year. It’s such a heartwarming a lovely story, with a clever gimmick at the centre of it that could end up being overstretched, but is used to such wonderful effect. Tiffy and Leon share a flat, but not in the way that you might think. They are both strapped for cash, and as they work opposite shifts, they actually share a bed – they are just never in it at the same time. Although the arrangement starts with them being strangers, they start leaving notes for each other, and soon become firm friends that rely on each other, but still have never met. It’s such a lovely story, and I’m so excited to see what Beth O’Leary comes up with next!
The Little Vintage Carousel by the Sea by Jaimie Admans
This was another quick and easy read that I found on the Libby app, which I have made good use of this year. It’s another romance novel, about a woman who follows the man of her dreams when he drops his phone on the tube. He’s a vintage carousel restorer, so we get a side story of the history of a particular carousel. Again, it was an enjoyable read, but there was an element that I didn’t really enjoy – that of the woman being a journalist who is writing a story about getting the phone back to the guy, and him not knowing about it. It’s been done and done, and it felt a little old-fashioned and contrived.
Roar by Cecelia Ahern
I was expecting to love Roar, I really liked the premise of a series of short stories about women, and the issues they face. Each story is called “The Woman Who..”, and range from the likes of “… Was Kept on a Shelf”, to “Slowly Disappeared.” They cover various issues, such as sexism, aging, maternal guilt, gender norms, and many others. Although I liked the metaphors in some of the stories, I just felt like many of them were heavy-handed, and didn’t really work for me.
Books marked with an asterisk were provided for free by publishers, in exchange for a fair and honest review.