Another book round up already? No, this isn’t an accidental double post, I’ve actually just got back from a week in Spain where I spent a glorious 7 days reading all the books, so I’ve decided to do a special bonus holiday post of everything I managed to get through. If you’re still yet to jet off into the sunshine, hopefully you’ll find some inspiration for your own holiday reading lists.
Everything I Know about Love – Dolly Alderton
A book I previously read last year, when my cousin pulled it out of her bag at the beach, I couldn’t wait to dive in and revisit some of my favourite chapters. The one that stands out the most to me is about when Dolly’s best friend Farley tells her she’ll be moving in with her boyfriend but insists that nothing will change between her and Dolly, when the reality is that everything always changes. Dolly talks about feelings of jealousy and resentment towards Farley being so much further ahead in her life than she is, and how she has to mourn the fact that they won’t be single girls doing things together in their twenties because Farley now has a serious boyfriend who she’ll do all those things with. It’s something every twenty something girl can relate to when their best friend gets into a serious relationship but is something that seems shameful to actually speak about out loud.
How To Be Famous – Caitlin Moran
My very first Caitlin Moran book and I can’t wait to read more by her! Set in 1995 in the middle of the Brit Pop era, How To Be Famous is a story about friendship, feminism and finding your place in the world. It’s funny, poignant and the kind of book I wish I’d read when I was younger. Basically, a great book for reading around the pool.
Ordinary People – Diana Evans
Ordinary People tells the story of two couples, Melissa and Michael and Stephanie and Damien. Melissa is struggling to get back to normal after having her second baby, leaving Michael feeling like he just can’t get close to her anymore. Stephanie wants to continue living happily with their three children in London’s commuter belt, but Damien’s grief following the death of his father is getting in the way. This book has received a lot of praise and was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019, but whilst I liked the story, I wasn’t fully gripped by it. I was more than happy to put the book down for a few days, which is always a sign a book isn’t my favourite.
Sweet Sorrow – David Nicholls
David Nicholls is the guy who wrote the heartbreaking One Day and when I heard him speak about his latest book, Sweet Sorrow, on an author special of The Highlow Podcast, I was straight onto Amazon downloading it to my kindle. Set in 1997, Sweet Sorrow is about Charlie Lewis, the kind of kid that blends into the background and is easily forgotten about. At 16, his life seems to be falling apart, until he meets Fran Fisher and finds himself a part of The Company. Sweet Sorrow is about taking those first steps into adulthood and learning that family life isn’t always easy, the importance of friendship, and the power of first love. A must read!
Hope everyone is having a lovely summer!