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Friday, 27 January 2017

January 2017 Reads


I've made it one of my 2017 goals to read more and spend less time scrolling through SM during my evenings. I wrote a post of 30 Books To Read Before June 2017 and having already ticked off 4 out of those 30 books within the first month is motivating! I've absolutely loved diving head first into these books, all of which have remained with me since finishing them. There's also nothing like revisiting an old favourite books of yours neither, such as Charlie and The Chocolate Factory inspired by the fact I saw Curve's production of the Twits earlier this month. 

Definitely leave me some of your own book recommendations below as I'd love to add some more onto the list. I'm really proud of reading so much this month so hopefully you enjoy my small reviews of these reads.


 The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins 
After months of hearing amazing things about this book I finally caved into the hype and read this over the New Year, I could not put it down. Why didn't I pick it up sooner? Having read Gone Girl back in 2016 I found myself drawn to the thriller element of books more regularly. If you haven't read this book it follows Rachel Watson as she catches a daily glimpse into the lives of 'perfect' couple, Scott and Megan from the window of her daily commute. One day, Megan goes missing and is feared dead. Rachel who is a troubled woman begins her own investigation into what happened with Megan, but it comes to close to home.

Whilst it's conclusion was slightly predictable (I did work it out quite quickly), I loved how Paula captured this troubled young woman and her relationships with other individuals during her investigation. If you haven't read it already, what are you waiting for?

Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neil 
Initially I didn't know what to expect from this book from the front cover, a barbie doll taking centre stage and a tagline of 'choose a girl, only ever yours, to own forever'. The book was a slow starter, it didn't grab my attention immediately so I didn't hold out much hope for the rest of it. In this story women are no longer born naturally, girls or "eves", are raised in the arts of pleasing men in schools became they come of age. We follow Freida in their final year, as they expect to be selected as companions or wives by the end. All they have to do to succeed to stay in the top ten beautiful girls in their year, avoiding a life as a concubine or even worse a chastity. 

The book definitely became intense and at times threw me in a direction I didn't expect. I enjoyed it more during the middle and as it's conclusion. On closing the book I felt speechless, completely loss for words! I would definitely not shy away from giving this story a go.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert 
Self Books have become a regular occurrence on my bookshelf and within my reading lists, I love the variety that is out there and I had seen this one making it's mark on my Instagram feed for a considerable time. Being a lover of the arts and a creative individual myself this book spoke volumes to me, there was plenty a times when I punched my fist in my air and completely got it. I urge absolutely every person to read this book at one point in their life. 

Elizabeth's positive, say it how it is attitude compliments this book so well! 

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl 
Who hasn't been captivated by the story of Charlie Bucket during their lifetime or been inspired by Willy Wonka to create your own chocolate factory of dreams? There's nothing better than revisiting this 1964 and one of Roald Dahl's classic story. The illustrations from Quentin Blake capture the story so telling and imagining the story in your head becomes natural. I saw it's west end adaption in London a few years, it's definitely still a story I will love revisiting in many years to come.

thanks for reading,



17 comments:

  1. I finished Gone Girl a few days ago and definitely feel that I preferred The Girl on The Train, which I read late last year I think! I just felt Gone Girl was really hyped up and didn't live up to expectations.

    I really need to buy Big Magic. Keep hearing great things about it!

    Meg | Elmpetra

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    1. Yeah The Girl on The Train is definitely far better than Gone Girl I absolutely couldn't put the book down! Yes buy Big Magic, I can ensure you that you'll absolutely love it! xx

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  2. I've got The Girl on the Train waiting on my bookshelf!! Can't wait to read it now :)

    Fatima x www.fatima-writes.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. AH make sure you grab it soon and watch it, you'll absolutely love it! :D x

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  3. I read Girl on the Train last year and I agree I couldn't put it down. And Big Magic has become one of my favourite books of all time! It is the perfect read for anyone creative. I have an aim to read 25 books this year so need to get cracking on some more. I've just finished 'Room' by Emma Donoghue and which is an incredible story and 'Yes Please' by Amy Poehler which is very funny and uplifting.

    www.sohelena.com

    xxx

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    1. Yeah it really is, I'm encouraging everyone to read Big Magic especially if they're creative people, they need to read it. Ah how did you find Room? I couldn't get into it and was really frustrated about it.. :( 💚

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  4. I Love that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is on your list! I haven't read that in a long time, but may need to give it another go. I love Roald Dahl! And that Only Ever Yours books sounds very intriguing. If you are looking for a new good one and haven't read The Night Circus yet I would definitely recommend giving that a try!

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    1. Hehe I honestly love a good read from back in the day, that is just easy and quick to get through :). Oh the Only Ever Yours is honestly one of the most interesting reads I have read this year already! Ohhh I need to read The Night Circus, it's quite a big read so I tend to leave them for the summer when I'm away and stuff! 💚

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  5. I really want to read Big Magic as I heard so many amazing things about it and I could use some inspirational words. Can't wait to get my hands on it and finally dive into it. xo

    Antonia Sweet Passions

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    1. Oh you will absolutely love it, hope you do enjoy it as much as everyone else has! 💚

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  6. I'd love to re-read some of my favourite Roald Dahl books! Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is one of the best. I really enjoyed Girl on the Train - surprised you hadn't read it yet, to be honest! I've not heard of Only Ever Yours before, but it sounds right up my street so I'll give it a go! x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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    1. Oh you really should, maybe make it a challenge of yours in the summer. They're really good short reads to get through on a rainy day :). Oh I know I was a bit late to the game with Girl on the Train but it was well worth the wait that's for sure! 💚

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  7. I'm trying to read more this year too! I've actually opted for 25 books, because I feel like I wasn't doing enough of it. So far I've read four, and I'm just starting my fifth. I need to give these reads a try, I'm also stumped on what to pick up next x

    www.sheintheknow.co.uk // https://ittybittybookco.com/?aff=13

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    1. Yeah 25 is a good number and if you manage to go pass it, that's incredible! I'm already on my like 6-8th book (I've lost count aha!) I need to get them written down! 💚

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  8. I read The Girl on The Train in two days couldnt put it down, Unlike you I was fooled and didnt see the end coming! I want to read Big Magic as heard great things. Cant believe youve read 4 already! My aim in one a month.
    I really enjoyed The Forgotten Summer - mainly as it took me to the South of France! You can see what I thought http://lolitabonita.co.uk/the-forgotten-summer-carol-drinkwater/ x

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  9. These all seem like such great books! I'm currently in the middle of The Girl on The Train and it so worth its hype in my opinion!

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  10. I've literally just set myself a 2017 reading challenge up on Goodreads. I love reading (which I've waffled on and on about in a post coming tomorrow!) and love how it can transport me away from reality. I'm hoping that by setting myself the challenge and writing about it, I won't be able to back out of it! So far I've read 5 books and, according to Goodreads, I'm on queue to meet my goal of 40 books! I'll have to keep checking back to your posts to see if I fancy anything you've read!
    Lots of love,
    Sarah

    www.fromexquisiteperspectives.com

    p.s. I'm LOVING your new theme! It's gorgeous xxxx

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