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Recent Reads I'd Recommend #5

Recent Reads I'd Recommend #5

Posted on: Sunday, 12 December 2021



"A reader lives a thousand lives before they die. Those who never read live only one."

I have a more strained relationship with reading than I did when I was ten; when I would wake up, pick up my book and walk round the house reading it until I had to put it down to wash/go to school/actually be sociable. These days I can go days (possibly even weeks sometimes) without reading anything other than a the back of a food packet (adulting eh?) because I simply don't have as much time, but recently I've been actively making more time to sit down and read so I thought it was high time I did another book recommendations post.


All The Lonely People by Mike Gayle // Mike Gayle is one of my favourite authors and I always get so emotionally invested in his characters. All The Lonely People is the story of Hubert Bird, an old man who, despite thinking he's happy in his own company, realises that he's lonely. His journey to combat his loneliness is told alongside the backstory of how he got to where he is today, starting with his decision to leave Jamaica as a young man to find work in England. This book got a fair few real life gasps from me and maybe the odd welling eye too. Very much recommend! 


Turning The Tide On Plastic by Lucy Siegle // I've always been a fiction kinda gal, but recently I've been reading a lot more non-fiction, particularly on sustainability. This book made me realise just how pressing the issue of plastic waste is and how we all need to be really cutting down on single-use plastics because recycling isn't actually the answer. There are some really powerful insights and facts in this book, as well as useful suggestions of ways in which we can all start to make more of a difference. Sometimes you hear the same things over and over again in books about sustainability, but this one was definitely a step up from some others I've read.  


Night Music by Jojo Moyes // I've read a couple of Jojo Moyes books before and enjoyed them, but this one may just have been my favourite. It's about a newly widowed mum of two who has to move to a crumbling house in the countryside from London due to her husband leaving the family in debt. The move isn't quite what any of them hoped and the whole family go through huge changes. I can't seem to make it sound that interesting when written out like that, but it is I promise! 


What have you been reading recently?

Amy x

Comments

  1. Going to have to check these out! Always looking for new books to read x

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  2. Will be checking out these books, sound like lovely reads! x

    Lucy Mary

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  3. Oh I love that quote, what a beautiful concept - you live lives through each book you read. I feel somewhat similarly about gripping films :)

    aglassofice.com x

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    1. Awh yes it definitely applies to films too I think! x

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  4. All The Lonely People sounds like such a lovely read. I keep meaning to pick up a good book but I just never find the time!

    Gemma Louise

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    1. It was so good! It's so hard to find the time isn't it, I literally have to schedule it in! x

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  5. I'm reading One Small Mistake at the moment. It's really good!

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    1. Oooh I've not read that one, I'll have to have a look!

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  6. I'm not a massive reader, but the JM & MG books sound fab. Love the way you described the first as giving you real life gasps! X

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  7. This week I finished The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas. It was really good - did take some keeping up with in places while you figure out it's a younger self of one character from the past and a current day character along side one another - I even had to draw a chart out because I was a bit muddled but enjoyed it all the same. Probably going to read some more cheesy Christmas/Holiday themed Chick lit next lol.

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    1. Oooh I do love stories like that though where it's set across two different times! I'll have to have a look at that one!

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  8. I love Jojo Moyes but haven't read her new one - there it goes to the top of my Christmas list!
    Rosie

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  9. I definitely want to read more books in 2022, I’ll definitely add these to my list to check out!

    Courtney x
    c0urrtney.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. They all sound like wonderful reads. Especially the second one. I love reading more about plastic etc - I find it motivates me to make changes.

    Corinne x
    https://skinnedcartree.com

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    1. Yeah when you see it all written down it's definitely motivating! x

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  11. Jojo Moyes' books always intrigue me! She seems to have such a wealth of ideas across different time periods. I've also found my reading habits to really have slipped - I blame it on the habit-disruption from university. I'm trying to get better, though!

    I just finished the Hunger Games prequel (The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes). It was... Fine, haha. Now I have a couple of days to read my book club book, The Last Thing He Told Me. Hopefully it's a page turner!

    Erin
    erinmacneil.blogspot.ca

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    1. Yes she's such a great writer! I didn't know there was a Hunger Games prequel, but doesn't sound like I should be rushing to read it anyway haha! Hope you enjoyed your book club read :) x

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