BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS: Volume I

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Welcome to my brand new series all about one of my other loves - books books books. Ever since I was a tiny tot I could never be found without a book on me somewhere. I went everywhere with one, and still do (if it's not in my handbag, you can guarantee there will be on in the car somewhere). Because it's a love of mine, I decided it was time to share that with you in a Bi-Monthly series titled BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS (yes, the all capitals is necessary).

During each BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS post I will share my top five books that I read during the last two months. I promise I will do my best not to share any spoilers, but just give you a brief description of the book, plus a mini review. I will also do my best to include a variety of book types (fiction and non-fiction, romance to thrillers and everything in between). Please note: I can't always guarantee that last point, if uni is busy and chaotic expect a lot of easy, sometimes ridiculous reads that don't take too much brain power to read. But let's stop this rambling and get to the books!



So during January to February I read around 20 books (yes, it's true, I am a complete and utter book worm). Also, it was holidays and I was away and I read a lot while I'm on holidays. I read a lot of good books, so my top 5 was hard to choose. These are the best of the best:


1. A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

Touching, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog's Purpose is not only the story of a dog's many lives, but also a dog's-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds that hold us all together, man and man's best friend alike. The story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on Earth is born with a purpose. 


A book about dog's, what more could I want in life, besides more dogs. It was such a beautiful book. Centred around Bailey's search for the meaning of life, it follows each new life as he searches for his purpose. So beautifully written, it will make you laugh and it will make you cry (trust me, you'll need a box of tissues for this one), but once you start you won't be able to put it down. It will make you rethink why your dog does everything, and bring a new love for dogs and friendship. I'm so excited for the movie to come out, I can't wait to see how they recreate this!


2. Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham


In Talking as Fast as I Can, Lauren Graham hits pause for a moment and looks back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress, and, years later, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself, “Did you, um, make it?”



If you are a Gilmore Girls fan you need to pick this book up. Touching on everything from Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, Lauren opens up about her challenges in the acting industry, as well as the amazing opportunities she got to be apart of and how these shaped who she came to be. It includes excerpts from the diary she kept while filming Gilmore Girls and photos from her different roles as well. It is brutally honest and completely funny, everything that encompass Lauren Graham as a person. Even on paper she makes me laugh so hard. I don't always love biographies, but this is one of the best I've read in a while, especially if you want something light to read. 


3. My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed. OK, so the truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn't really hers. But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren't they?  



Ever had a boss that was an absolute b**** and never gave you the credit you deserved? That's exactly what Katie is working with. After a series of life changing events Katie has a new understanding and appreciation for the 'Perfect Life'. An interesting and eye opening read about the perceptions we have of people, teaching us to not always judge a book by its cover. I was super excited about this new release from Sophie Kinsella and it did not let me down. It made me laugh and smile, along with the frustrating parts of a job that I can relate to all too well. 

4. Phoebe Smith's Private Blog by Lynda Renham

Fashion conscious Phoebe Smith wants only one thing: a date for the works party in six weeks’ time. She embarks on a journey to find her man and keeps a private blog of all her disastrous encounters. But when her four-year-old nephew gets into her account, Phoebe’s problems only just begin. With Tinder calamities, a male escort and a pork pie addiction, Phoebe tackles her biggest problem: the just too irritating Harry Bloom. Come with Phoebe on her search for the perfect man and see who will accompany her to the party in this hilarious romantic comedy novel. 


A light and funny romantic novel that was both easy and enjoyable to read! It had me laughing, cringing and understanding Phoebe's pain as she tries to find a date for her upcoming work party. It's one of those books that doesn't require much to read, but is also really enjoyable and also very relatable. I absolutely loved this book! Definitely recommend if you're into rom-com, or just want a light book to read in between stress!


5. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.


Of course, I saved the best for last. This has to be one of the best books I've read in a long time. Following the stories of Madeline, Celeste and Jane as they work through a school yard issue spirals gradually out of control. Moriarty wrote this so well, leave you constantly longing to know what happens at the end of the book. You learn all the issues facing the three ladies, as well as little insights into the big incident that happens at the end of the book. Although I somewhat expected what happened at the end of the novel (no! no spoilers for you!) I still found myself surprised by the outcome. Moriarty kept me guessing the whole time. This is definitely a Must-Read. Don't watch the TV series first, READ THE BOOK FIRST! PLEASE!!! 



And that's a wrap! Five phenomenal books from January to February, and I don't know how I am going to top this list throughout the rest of the year, but I am excited to discover some new books throughout the year! 

What was your favourite read from January and February? Are any of these books on your to-read list?



  
  

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19 comments

  1. Big Little Lies sounds fantastic! I saw them cover the TV show on Gogglebox so I've seen snippets of the show but I promise to read the book first if I do give this a go!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

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    1. It is so good!! I am such a huge fan of it! Good, I'm glad you have decided to read the book first if you do ;)

      xx

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  2. I've read over 100 books in 2 months... unfortunatelty they were only kids short story books for my children :)

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  3. I've just started reading big little lies! Will let you know what I think x

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    1. Yay! I can't wait to hear what you think! xx

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  4. I am obsessed with the Billionaire Boys Club series by Jessica Clare! Get on it xx

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  5. I used to love Sophie Kinsella's books - she wrote the shopaholic books if I'm right?

    Big little lies sounds good as well - I'd like to read it before watching the series.

    Maddie | www.maddiesbeautyspot.com

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    1. Yes she did!! I love her books, always so easy to read! And yes, definitely do read the book first, it's so worth it xx

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  6. Oh yes! I love love and one more love the big little lies. I finished the book two weeks ago and I remember that I hated to stop and actually do something at work. Such a perfect book in a long time.

    Michelle Morchella

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  7. I've been wondering how Big Little Lies is! I've, admittedly, already seen what's out of the show and do really quite enjoy it, so I think it's definitely going to be a book I need to invest in. Same with Lauren Graham's book. Gilmore Girls will forever and always be my favourite TV show (trust me when I say I rewatch it multiple times a year and know it inside out and back to front!), so it would be super cool to get the inside scoop on it, as well as, you know, all these other details about her life. I love Lauren as a person, so yay!

    So looking forward to these posts now! Books are so much fun haha!

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  8. I really want to read Big Little Lies now after reading your review.

    Ingrid
    http://www.fabulousandfunlife.blogspot.com.au

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  9. Numbers 3 and 4 sound super interesting! Def putting on the 'to read' list

    Amy // www.thenoiseinwonderland.con

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  10. Lovely and interesting addition to your blog Laura - well done. Apart from the pleasure that books bring, I've found that when I'm reading, my heart rate drops way below my usual resting rate, so I reckon reading is most definitely good for one's health too! xxx

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  11. I am interested in reading Big Little Lies. I've heard so many good things! xx

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  12. I am loving Big Little Lies on TV and now I am so torn - should I start the book even though I am watching the show?! I do really want to know what happens haha :) Love this series too, it is inspiring me to read more :) x

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  13. i have heard so much about Big Little Lies and have always loved a read by Sophie Kinsella.

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  14. What a cool segment! I'm currently reading nothing - this needs to change haha

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