I haven’t done a book post for a while, and I’ve read some great books so far in 2021, so I thought today I’d do a little roundup of them all and what I thought of them so far!

Olive by Emma Gannon (4 stars)
I’d heard a lot of mixed reviews about Olive, and whilst at times the main character comes across negatively, I still found it a really honest read, and I was kept interested the whole way through. I liked how everything wrapped up at the end, and in a relatable way too.

The Flip Side by James Bailey (3 stars)
I’m always intrigued to read a ‘rom-com’ from a male perspective, and I did enjoy this about the book, but unfortunately it was a book that was very hit and miss for me. At the end I was struggling to finish it and really started lacking enthusiasm for it!

The Rosie Result by Graeme Simison (5 stars)
The final instalment of ‘The Rosie Project’ was a great end to the series, and I immediately was transported back into the lives of the characters. I liked how it all wrapped up at the end too!

The Rumour by Elin Hilderbrand (4 stars)
I’m yet to read a book by Elin Hilderbrand that disappoints me, every one I love! I think now she’s one of my favourite authors, thankfully there’s lots that I haven’t read yet! The only reason I didn’t give this 5 stars was because I enjoyed some of her other books more. The plot didn’t immediately strike me, but after a few chapters I got really into it and it had kind of a ‘desperate housewives’ vibe.

The Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory (3 stars)
I probably would of enjoyed this more if I read it over the festive season, and although there were parts of the story I enjoyed, it just felt a bit weak overall and I wasn’t gripped.

The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley (5 stars)
This is exactly the kind of lives-entwining book I love, and that’s why I was hooked right from the beginning. I liked how each character was different from the other, and I didn’t want it to end!

FireFly Lane by Kristin Hannah (4 stars)
A great story about love, friendship and life complexities throughout the years. It was a beautiful story that the more you read, the further hooked you become. Excited to see it be made into a Netflix show, but at times it can be heavy reading!

Us Three by Ruth Jones (4 stars)
I adored Never Greener which was Ruth Jones’ first novel, and whilst I didn’t love this one quite as much, it was a really detailed, beautiful and relatable story of 3 friends throughout the years.

Ghosts by Dolly Alderton (4 stars)
When deciding if a book is a 4 or 5 star read, I think is there anything that I still wanted from it when it finished? For this book, I kind of wanted more explanation of an ending, it felt a little short and things didn’t wrap up in as much detail as I would have liked. Apart from that though, it was a fantastic read about life and love through the lead characters life. I would definitely recommend!

Have you read any of these books?


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