This month didn’t start out too well reading wise, as my poor old Kindle actually broke right at the beginning of the month! I was gutted, but luckily it was still in warranty and so a few days later a shiny new Kindle Paperwhite arrived at my door. It’s a bit different to my old Kindle but I’m starting to get used to it – I was thinking about doing a full review of it if that’s something you’d like to see? Let me know! Anyway, moving on to what I ended up reading this month:
Bossypants by Tina Fey
This one has been on my to read list for a while as I love Tina Fey’s work. Much like Amy Poehler’s book this is hilarious and so insightful in to how hard she has worked for the career that she has now. There was a splattering of “life advice” and few anecdotes that felt a bit forced or out of place which let me down a bit. She writes how she speaks which is something I like in an autobiography, and whilst it didn’t totally blow me away it was still a really enjoyable read.
It’s Not Me It’s You by Mhairi McFarlane
I’d been meaning to read a book by Mhairi McFarlane for a while, so I decided to give her latest novel It’s Not Me It’s You a try first and then this resulted in me reading all three of her books in less than a week. SO GOOD.
Delia thinks her life isn’t going all that bad, but when she proposes to her boyfriend and then discovers he’s been sleeping with someone else things take a turn. She then undertakes a journey of “self discovery”, seeing her travel from Newcastle to London and back again with some new additions to her life along the way.
INMIY was definitely my favourite of the three as it had so many twists and turns that just kept me reading and reading. I spilt a cup of boiling hot tea all over myself whilst I sat in Costa waiting for my bus but I kept reading. It’s funny, emotional, exciting and thought provoking. It’s a bit chick-lity but in the best way possible. I just cannot recommend this book enough. I cried a lot. Like hysterical sobs. On a bus. In public. Possibly the best book I’ve read so far this year.
Here’s Looking At You by Mhairi McFarlane
Continuing with my love for Mhairi McFarlane I then went on to download Here’s Looking at you, which I believe was her second book. Aureliana, the protagonist of this story, has never quite moved on from her traumatic high school experience despite continuing on to be relatively successful, but one day she decides to cut her losses and confront her demons at a high school reunion. Typically, things don’t quite go to plan. Again, this was quite a typical chick lit choice for me although I was disappointed with some slightly clichéd plot points. On the whole this was a really great book and a perfect poolside read. I loved the character development and Mhairi McFarlane managed to make a pretty clichéd setting not feel all that awful to read.
You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane
In university Rachel and Ben were inseparable, the perfect pair. Fast forward ten years later and they bump in to each other one rainy day in Manchester and everything has changed. Life moves on. This was Mhairi McFarlane’s debut novel and is so, so, so good. You Had Me At Hello is totally heartbreaking and emotional, but kind of uplifting in a strange way. I loved understanding references to locations in Manchester (I’m nerdy that way) and once again found myself absolutely head over heels for some of the characters.
There’s something about the way that Mhairi McFarlane writes that captivates my mind, I really struggled to put any of her books down. I think it’s the way she reworks somewhat tired romance stories in a way that I haven’t seen before, it’s really refreshing.
4/5 (I think if I had read this before INMIY it would have been 5, but that’s not how it went down)
My Husband Next Door by Catherine Alliott
Well… this month has just been full of chick lit, hasn’t it?! I wouldn’t normally have picked this up, but I’m waiting on a few books being delivered and my mum had just finished this. I’ve only just started so don’t have much of an opinion as of yet but I will admit that I’m struggling to get in to it so far. I’ll give it my best shot!
Any suggestions for what I should read next? I quite fancy The Girl On The Train!
You can keep up with what I’m currently reading on Goodreads here.