The best books I read in 2019 | part 1

Ok, how is it April already? I feel like it was only yesterday that I was talking about making New Year’s Resolutions and how this would be THE year that I got it together (I know, who was I kidding…)

So much has gone on in the first three months of the year, like finally getting round to listening to the Serial podcast, and I’ll be honest, it’s not left a lot of time for reading, but I did manage to get through a some good books and I’m going to share a few with you.

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The Break by Marian Keyes

I’ve never read a Marian Keyes book before so I was excited to get this book for Christmas, especially after hearing her talk on a few different podcasts.  A number of people commented though saying that it was a bit of a difficult read, so I went into it with some apprehension. At first, I did struggle to get into the rhythm of it, Marian is Irish and this came across very clearly in her writing with the phrases and slang she used, but once I got used to it I actually really enjoyed it.

The story centres on Amy, who’s husband decides he needs a 6 month break from their relationship to go travelling after experience a midlife crisis brought on by the deaths of his father and best friend, leaving her behind with their 3 teenage daughters trying to navigate her new found singledom. The book dealt with some heavy themes, like mental health, the struggles of marriage and abortion in a country where it’s still illegal, and I really enjoyed getting stuck into it.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

Based on the incredible true life of Lale Sokolov, an inmate of Auschwitz-Birkenau, who met the love of his life as he was tattooing her prisoner number on her arm, this book tells the story of his life before, during and after his imprisonment at the concentration camp during World War Two and how it was love that kept him alive. I’d first heard about this book after hearing an interview with the author, who discussed meeting Lale and how she had to gain the trust of his dogs before he would allow her to tell his life story. It was a book I just couldn’t put down and one I’ve passed on and recommended to so many people.  

Adele by Leïla Slimani

After reading Leïla Slimani’s debut novel Lullaby, I was very excited for her second which tells the story of Adele, a married woman with an insatiable appetite for sex, who will stop at nothing to get her fix. I’ll be honest, I’m not really sure how I felt about this one. The story was told in such a withdrawn way, and the lack of emotion made it hard to feel any sympathy for Adele as her world started to fall apart. The very open ending was also frustrating and had me and a friend texting our theories on what might have happened.

Friend Request by Laura Marshall

This is one of those trashy books that you just can’t put down. Friend request was given to me by a co-worker who said “it’s awful, but you won’t be able to stop reading”, and you know what, she was right. A woman getting a Facebook request from a girl she went to school  is a pretty ordinary occurrence, except this girl has been dead for the last 15 years, or has she?. The twists and turns that follow are what kept me reading until I’d finally finished the book in a weekend – definitely one for reading around the pool this summer.

Read any good books lately? Let me know, I’m always on the lookout for new ones to add to my reading list!

xoxo

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