Wednesday, 30 May 2018

If you've been following this blog for a while, you may have noticed I have a thing for making lists about pretty much everything. I mean hey, in the long run I'm sure it will help keep my memory strong and it's always nice to look back on the things you've done/accomplished in life. Watching lots of movies may not be a major accomplishment but at least when I get asked for movie recommendations I can just direct you to this movie review list. Here on the other hand, we'll be talking all about books. This is more of a post to keep a tab on the books I have read, and when it comes to reviewing them I don't think I could provide a long winded post, so these short blurbs will suffice!

they both die at the end

One of Us Is Lying 

Genre: Thriller/YA
Rating: 7/10
Blurb: I'm glad this is being turned into a movie because I have a fantasy crush on bad boy Nate. This book was like a mash between The Breakfast Club and Pretty Little Liars. 5 high school students all get sent to detention and then one of them dies from a peanut allergy, ooooOooo. 

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Genre: Drama/Comedy
Rating: 8/10
Blurb: This book had me feeling all sorts of things. It was funny, yet you can't help but feel sorry for the main character and then feel all warm inside when things start looking better for her. 

My Cousin Rachel 

Genre: period drama/mystery
Rating: 7.5/10
Blurb: This was the second book I'd read by Daphne Du Maurier and they both have the same eerie story line (Rebecca being the other). I wanted to read this as I saw there was a movie adaptation and the storyline intrigued me - (guy falls in love with his dead cousins widow). In this case I have to agree, the book was better than the movie, despite it starring the beautiful Sam Clafflin.

The Couple Next Door

Genre: Thriller
Rating: 7/10
Blurb: I love a good psychological thriller, and this was a pretty decent one. There were some twists thrown in that I did see coming, but overall it was a good read that I got through pretty quickly. The book revolves around a young couple that get their baby stolen whilst they're at a dinner party next door.

It Only Happens in Movies 

Genre: Comedy/Romance
Rating: 8/10
Blurb: I really enjoyed this book, for the most part I felt like me and the main character were the same person. Audrey is a high school gal who like most of us, has had enough of the hollywood love cliches, until she meets Harry (who in my head I pictured to be Harry Styles). It's a funny story which follows what most love stories are really like, kind of expectation vs reality. The author also includes a bit at the end sharing her favourite 'movies about real relationships' and I'm happy 500 Days of Summer made the cut.

This is Where it Ends

Genre: Drama/YA
Rating: 7/10
Blurb: I read this whole book whilst waiting for my mum to shop for groceries and a mattress in Spain. The book tells the story from 5 different perspectives during a school shooting. This has had a lot of mixed reviews as it's such a sensitive topic in light of everything that has been happening in America. I liked the diversity of the protagonists - there were lesbians, POC and they were not stereotyped. Was an intense read but also shows the acts of courage and compassion that occur in these horrible situations.

They Both Die at the End

Genre: Romance/Sci-Fi
Rating: 8/10
Blurb: I finished this book last night and was on the verge of tears (although I felt like the ending was going to be sadder than it was). I was half way through this book on the plane and had to stop cause I felt it was going to get sadder and I had no tissues on the plane to wipe away my mascara. The story centres around two teenage boys who both get an alert from 'Death Cast' letting them know they are going to die at some point today and they meet each other via a 'Last Friend' app and both go off to live their last day 'to the fullest'. I think this book got to me a bit because it's crazy to think we could suddenly die, at any moment, and I did ask myself the question whether I would want to know when my last day on earth was or if that would make matters worse. What are your thoughts on this? 

Have you guys read any good books lately? I'd love to add more to the list! If you're looking for some more inspiration I still have a spring reading challenge going!



  1. Since starting sixth form I haven't found as much time to read, but I really want to get back into it in the summer holidays! I love the sound of it only happens in movies!
    Aleeha xXx

  2. Okay, thank you for listening books that actually look very interesting!!! I have been wanting to read something these days but I haven't had anything that really jumps out at me so these titles are much appreciated.

    1. thank you! I've been trying to loan books from the library instead of purchasing them so deffo don't have the newest selection aha! x

  3. I'm currently reading Eleanor Oliphant is completley fine!

  4. I haven't read any of these! I definitely need to pick a couple up to add to my reading list x

  5. I read Eleanor Oliphant is Absolutely Fine after seeing so many rave reviews in the blogging community! It also gave me ALL THE FEELS and I thoroughly enjoyed it - in fact I have a review of my own going up very soon! I received a mini sample copy of the first chapter of It Only Happens in the Movies and I really enjoyed it, I definitely need to pick up the full book! I hope you're enjoying all of your reading!

    Abbey xx

    1. it took me a couple of chapters to get into it but then I was hooked, as it usually happens aha! xx

  6. I haven’t read any of these but they all sound right up my street! I’ve heard so much about the Eleanor Oliphant and My cousin Rachel books and I really want to give them a read! X

  7. It's been a while since I've read a book but I'm going to keep your list in mind. I'm already liking the cover of the book you've posted haha xx



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