Another month goes by and I’ve managed to read four books. I thought that with things opening up I might slow down a bit or lose my lockdown reading pace but, as it’s something I enjoy so much, I’m determined to not lose it.
This month I’ve read: Little Fires Everywhere, Haven’t They Grown, Olive, and The Midnight Library.
I’m currently reading The Cactus by Sarah Haywood, so I will leave a little review of that in my May reads blog.
Little Fires Everywhere
This is definitely a book that I approached all wrong, I feel. As there had been a lot of hype for this book over quite some time, I thought it was one that I needed to read and would enjoy.
Due to this hype, however, and the fact that a TV show was also created from it, I was expecting it to be really gripping and follow a really in depth story line. I felt that the story was a bit too thin, and it tried to cover a lot of characters and events.
My expectations of the book led me to read the book as if it was more of a crime thriller, but it was just more of a character development book. So, if I’d have read it without these expectations I might have enjoyed it more.
It was a good book nonetheless but I probably need to re-read and not want each storyline to go that in depth, but rather follow just two or three things and properly develop those.
If you want to give this one a go, you can buy Little Fires Everywhere here.
Haven’t They Grown
I really enjoyed this book, as I do absolutely love a book that constantly makes you question “what on earth is the ending going to be to this?”. Haven’t They Grown follows how a mother, Beth, stumbles across an old friend, Flora, but things don’t seem right, as the kids she knew from 12 years before, are still the exact same age.
The book takes us along on the journey from Beth initially seeing these children, exactly as they used to be, all the way to finding out the real truth behind it all.
At times, it did seem a little bit unbelievable but I still really enjoyed it as I didn’t want to put it down and was constantly thinking what could be going on here?
If you fancy a read and want to find out what happened, you can pick up a copy of Haven’t They Grown here.
I received this book as a Christmas present, as I had asked for a copy of Emma Gannon’s ‘The Multi Hyphen Method’.
I really enjoyed this book. The story shares a fairly emotive account of a thirty-something year old woman named, as you might guess, Olive, who didn’t want to have children. It explored her experiences of friends having children, people asking her when she was going to have one and the fact that her long term relationship had come to an end because of her desire to not have kids.
It was a really great story, and I warmed to all of the characters and how Olive’s journey with her feelings and decision developed.
Even though I probably will want kids one day, I don’t often feel very maternal or get overly excited by the prospect of having children, so it was really nice to read a book that covered how normalised this decision should be.
I would definitely recommend reading this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Midnight Library
Has everyone else seen this book everywhere recently? I’d been wanting to read Matt Haig’s ‘The Midnight Library’ for a good while, helped by seeing it all over social media and hearing excellent reviews.
I’m often wary of books when I’ve heard such good things but I have to say, I did really love this book. I feel that it has to come to you at the right time, as it can feel a bit like a motivational / self help book, but I was probably in need of that when I read it so I enjoyed it.
The book tells the story of Nora and how she comes to be in ‘The Midnight Library’. In this never ending room of books, Nora is able to ask the librarian which tale of her life to try out next. She can choose to live the life where she decided to stay with a partner, or in a life where she’d studied something completely different at university, or said yes to a date.
I don’t want to share too much about this book, but I would definitely recommend it if you’ve been thinking about it. I wouldn’t necessarily say to only read it if you’re in a place to need a self help style book, but I think I read it at a time where it really resonated.
If you want to give it a go, you can buy it here and let me know what you think after!
I hadn’t realised that I’d rated 3/4 books in April as 5 stars, but I do always find 5 stars restrictive in terms of rating. But anyway, I did really enjoy those books!
Have you read any of these?