My Reading List This Month.

It’s been a little while since my last post all about books, which is crazy as these are some of my favourite posts to write. I’ve been continuing to go to the library and work on my goal of reading 50 books by the end of the year and I’ve been making some steady progress. I’ve achieved 38 books so far.

I love the quick reads that I get stuck into and finish in a day or two but I’ve also been trying to expand my reading list and get some books that are slightly more out of my normal “comfort” range too, which have been taking me slightly longer to read as I feel I really have to concentrate on them.

After The End | Clare Mackintosh

This book was really heartbreaking to read as it focuses on a couple making the hardest decision of their lives when they realise their son won’t get better. Do they take him to America to prolong his treatment and his life or do they let him go?

The first half of the book focused on their decisions told through both of their perspectives and also their doctors. The second half of the book (“after”) looks at what would have happened in two different scenarios, again from each of the parents’ perspectives.

I found the second half of the book slightly slower paced but it’s such an important read and told the story of how you can fall apart from a tragedy so well. I was a little bit confused by the ending but overall it was such a good read that I’ve still been thinking about, even a week after finishing it! It was heartbreaking to get to the end of the book to learn that the author actually lost a child too and that this was a really difficult book to write for her but she felt like she had to give all the people that have been through it a voice.

Maybe This Time | Jill Mansell

This was a really fun, feel-good but again, fairly sad read. It had so many twists and turns which I just wasn’t expecting half the time! There’s something that happens right at the start of the book which you just don’t see coming and really sets this book apart from being “just another romance novel”.

The story follows the main character, Mimi as she visits her dads new home in the cotswold. Meeting the people who live in the village and trying to get her dad out of his shell a bit more. Time passes and a lot of things happen, making a bit of a tangled web of events and relationships!

I wasn’t a fan of the ending, but then I normally don’t like how romantic books end. It’s definitely a cosy and uplifting book though. Perfect for a holiday read!

An American Marriage | Tayari Jones

I was a little bit worried before I started this book that it wouldn’t be my cup of tea, not because it’s a “bad” book, but just because it’s not what I normally read. Despite these concerns, I actually read this really quickly.

The book takes you through what happens to an African/American couple when the husband is wrongly convicted for something he didn’t do. It is incredibly well written and really gets you thinking.

That Girl From Nowhere | Dorothy Koomson

This book follows the story of an adoptive women called Clem, who moves to Brighton and by chance, finds her “real” family.

There is so much that happens in this book, it explores adoption, divorce, the right to die and so many other topics. It’s quite a heavy read but one that will definitely stay with you.

When The Floods Came | Clare Morrall

This is one that I’m currently reading, I am taking my time with it as it’s definitely something you have to concentrate on, otherwise, it’s easy to gloss over something important.

It’s set in the future and focuses on a family who are cut off from the rest of the world, living in a tower block. Britain was ravaged by a deadly virus 20 years ago leaving a lot of people dead or infertile, making the children valuable and the only hope for the future.

I won’t say too much about it as I don’t want to spoil anything if you were wanteding to read it but this is another book that I picked up to expand my reading but I’m not sure it’s really for me at the moment, I’m about ten chapters in. I’m going to finish it and make up my mind then.

What are you currently reading?