One of the best things about finish my degree is how I now have so much more time for reading. Don’t get me wrong, I read a lot of books while at uni but most of the time they weren’t books I actually wanted to read. My TBR pile kept getting longer and as soon as I finished in May I was excited to start going through them. I’ve read some great books recently so I thought I would share all of the books I’ve read and loved!
The Giver of Stars
Jojo Moyes is an author that I had never read before but will definitely read now! The book is a historical tale that follows the creation of the Pack Horse Library in America during the Depression. Historical fiction is not normally my go-to genre but I thoroughly enjoyed this. The story follows the librarians and their lives as they encounter both personal battles and threats to the library. It’s a story of friendship and I loved watching the relationships develop between all of the characters, particularly Alice and Margery. It’s a really heart-warming story of female friendship that also shines a light on issues of prejudice, female freedom and gender equality amongst other things. I’d highly recommend it!
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
I think this has become one of my all-time favourite books ever. This book was incredible and I would love to read it again once my TBR pile is smaller. I think what I loved most about this book was it truly wasn’t anything like I expected – it was better. The story follows Evelyn Hugo, a Hollywood star from the 50s who decides to use unknown journalist Monique to pen her life story. Evelyn’s love life has often been the cause of much interest so she decides to set the record straight and reveal the truth. Without revealing anything about the plot, it went in a direction I wasn’t expecting at all and I loved the twist. I cannot recommend it enough and it is not only one of the best books I’ve read recently but ever!
I’d heard lots about Dolly Alderton’s debut novel and thought it sounded right up my street. I devoured this in just a few days as I loved it so much. The story follows Nina who is in her early thirties. She’s a writer, single, is dealing with her dad’s decline and is aware that time is running away from her. Trying to navigate the world of online dating, she has a date with a guy called Max who tells her he’s going to marry her. Her life is seemingly back on track until he ghosts her. However, Ghosts doesn’t just deal with the ghosts of former relationships. It tackles the ghosting of friends, family and how we can drift from ourselves also. Nina’s wit and humour shine through the book and it deals poignantly with subjects that most people in their 20s and 30s encounter.
Another book by the author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, I am a huge fan of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books (including her other novel Daisy Jones and The Six) and her latest offering was no different. Malibu Rising follows (another) Nina Riva over the course of one night – the night she holds her legendary party! The Riva family are famous and the story weaves its way through all of the siblings, Nina, Jay, Hud, and Kit though Nina remains firmly the protagonist as the eldest. Malibu Rising dives into the issue of family and everything that is both messy and beautiful about it. It has a vulnerability in amongst the glamour of the parties and the celebrities that bought it back to being a relatable story. I loved how there was a nod to both her other books as you really feel like you’re a part of a universe that existed. Anything by Taylor Jenkins Reid is instantly sold to me and I adore her writing style.
Since finishing university I’ve read some amazing books. Being able to read for pleasure again is an incredible feeling and I’ve discovered some new favourite books in recent months. I love getting back into reading and discussing new books. If you want to see any other books I’ve read recently, please add me on Goodreads!
What books have you read recently that you’ve loved?
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