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What I read In May

What I read In May

Since starting my reading challenge in January, I honestly wasn't sure if five months down the line, I would still be into it, but........I've read 26 books so far and still going strong. I really am back into reading and loving every minute. I have read some great books and learnt so much, and May is know exception to this, although I have been quite busy I've still managed 4 books, less then I would of liked but not bad all the same, and oh my have they been good books.

The Muse - Jessie Burton ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is my bargain book of the month picked up from a charity shop for 30p, I must admit it was the beautiful cover that drew me in. I really enjoyed this story and would love to read more from Jessie, her writing is powerful and the story gripping, making it at times hard to put down. The story skips back and forth between 1967 in London to rural Spain in 1936, a time of great unrest in not only Spain but the whole of Europe making it a dangerous place for some, It took awhile for me to link the two eras in my mind, but Jessie keeps you gripped and wanting to know the truth about the painting and it's past.

A picture hides a thousand words...............

On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the steps of the Skelton gallery in London ready for her luck to change. She has been employed as a typist by the enigmatic Marjorie Quick, who unlocks potential in Odelle she didn't know she had. When a masterpiece arrives at the gallery Quick knows more than she is prepared to reveal and Odelle is determined to unravel the truth.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I got the entire Potter series for Mothers day this year and Am planning reading them interspersed with other books on my reading list. This is my first time reading the books having seen the films countless times. I'm loving them so far, I love how detailed Rowling's descriptions are and how she draws you in. It's interesting to see the differences between the original stories and the movie.

"There is a plot, Harry Potter. A plot to make most terrible things happen at Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry this year"

The Flatshare - Beth O'leary ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Flatshare has been a hyped new release, but in my opinion rightly so. I loved this book and romped through it in 2 days flat. You can't help but empathise with the two main characters Tiffy and Leon, but all the characters are well developed and bring background to Tiffy and Leon.

Tiffy and Leon share a flat.
Tiffy and Leon share a bed.
Tiffy and Leon have never met. 

Read my full review of the Flatshare here

The Guernsey Literary and Potato peel pie society - Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Burrows ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I must admit until this was selected in the blogger book club I hadn't heard of it, I've since discovered it's an international bestseller and his been adapted into a movie.

The book is written purely in letter form, something I wasn't sure about in the beginning but it really works for this tale where there are so many characters and so many stories to tell. It saves the story getting muddled and confused and makes it easy to follow and for the characters to develop. The writing is so descriptive that each character is really brought to life, even the island becomes a character in itself.

Set In Guernsey after the war the book enlightened me so much to what the occupation and the years after must of been like, something I must admit I new little about.

It's 1946 and Juliet ashton can't think what to write next. Out of the blue she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey - by chance he's acquired a book that once belonged to her - and, spurred on by their mutual love of reading, they begin a correspondence. When Dawsey reveals he's a member of the Guernsey Literary and potato peel pie society, her curiosity is piqued and it's not long before she begins to hear from other members. As letters fly back and forth with stories of life in Guernsey under the German occupation, Juliet soon realises that the society is every bit as extraordinary as its name.  

This book really stole my heart and has become one of my favourite books, I loved it and recommend it to everyone. I'm planning on watching the film next.

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  1. I really need to finally read Harry Potter x]

    Lotte |


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