I've got behind on my reading reviews lately, partly due to transferring my website to another host, partly because of losing the will to keep using the Goodreads platform. I know I should try better and harder, but sometimes leaping from one platform to another is exhausting! For now, I've decided to do a quick catch up on my blog. Hopefully at some stage, I'll update Goodreads...
I've read a few novels lately that I've fallen in love with, so they are very much part of my recommended reading for this year and cannot go unmentioned. If you have yet to read them, then what are you waiting for!
'Daisy Jones and the Six' by Taylor Jenkins Reid draws you straight into the madness and mayhem of the 60s. It was a coming of age story set in Los Angeles and it was such addictive reading. Daisy Jones is a character who stays with you long after you've finished reading. You love her, you pity her, you feel her pain. 5 stars!
'Good Girl, Bad Girl' was only my second Michael Robotham novel but oh my goodness the story draws you in and won't let you go. If you love a great crime novel with intriguing characters, this roller coaster of a read is amazing! 5 star crime writing!
It took me a while to get around to reading 'Where the Crawdads Sing' by Delia Owens. If you are in the same boat, you should move it to the top of your tar pile. It totally outshone my expectations. I loved this book and it's misbegotten, misaligned main character Kya Clark, the Marsh Girl. The writing was rich and evocative of the place, the story compelling reading. Thoroughly recommend! 5 stars!
Finally, 'Sweet Sorrow' by David Nicholls: I'd been waiting for this with hot anticipation as I am a big David Nicholls fan. It didn't disappoint. This was another coming of age story that I loved reading. David has a magical way of depicting characters and eras so that you feel as if you'd actually been to the same school with them. For me, this was a brilliant nostalgia trip, laced with gorgeous Shakespearean references. Closing this book was definitely 'sweet sorrow', but the great thing about reading is you can always go back, the relationship does not have to be over, when it's over! 5 stars!
I've had a lucky run with reading lately and have loved reading these novels! If you're uncertain about what to read next, I'd recommend picking up one of these - they're dead certs!