One of my favourite pastimes is reading. Always has been and always will. During my teenage years, you could always find me at 1am reading a book under my covers desperately wanting to find out what happened next. I love books so much so that every summer my suitcase is always so heavy because of a number of books I take with me. This year I took with me a number of books that were fantastic, so I’ve decided to do a little blog post book review on my picks of the summer. My top picks were; Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, Golden Hill by Francis Spufford and The Muse by Jessie Burton.
Outlander – Diana Gabaldon
Now, I am currently half way through this book but it’s such a long one that I thought I would include it anyway. I was originally introduced to Outlander, the TV Show, by my good friend Imogen (Thanks Imo 💕 ) and since then I have been obsessed. It is such a brilliant concept and the show is just great. Not to mention the gorgeous Sam Heughan who plays one of the main characters! The book is very similar to the show and is quite easy to follow. The thing I love most about this book is the content and the way it is written. It is one of those books that make you feel as though you are living it rather than reading it. There have been many times where I have gone to sit down and read this book and ended up thinking I was watching a movie or the TV show. The only downside is how long/big this book is. It feels like no matter how hard I try I don’t even make a dent in it! In any case, it is definitely one to read or even watch!
Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell
I won’t lie to you, I originally only bought this book because my name is in the title but I can honestly say this book was not a disappointment at all. It is very much a YA romance novel, but I was pleasantly surprised by it. I was hooked from the word go and couldn’t put it down. It was quite an emotional book and found myself on a rollercoaster of emotions; laughing one minute, crying the next. There is such an overwhelming power to the writing and the book that just makes it irresistible. The ending was quite a shock and struck me so hard, I did not know what to do with myself after finishing the book. This plot was so incredible and was so beautifully written, every word was enticing and inescapable. Would definitely recommend this book for anyone that loves a good teen romance book!
Golden Hill – Francis Spufford
I originally bought this book as part of a ‘buy one get one half price’ deal at Waterstones and was taken in by the extravagant shiny cover. I will admit it was a case of never judge a book by its cover, but in this case, I was quite disappointed. I was also drawn into the sticker on the cover that said it was shortlisted for the Costa Book awards, that means it’s supposed to be good right? I started this book while on holiday in Cuba and while I couldn’t put it down, I never actually finished it. If you look at the picture carefully, you will see my bookmark peeking through the pages and this was because it was just SO SLOW. I spent ages trying to figure out what was going on in the book and what was actually going on, that I stopped caring about the characters and the plot. This is a massive indicator for me that I won’t enjoy it. If I am constantly looking for other things to do instead of reading, its’ not my kinda book. Still not sure what the book is about, so if anyone has read it let me know in the comments what you thought and maybe I’ll give it another go. For now though, I will happily put this book back on my shelf.
The Muse – Jessie Burton
This book took me a while to read, but only because I rarely had time to just sit and read for a bit. As soon as we went on holiday, I jumped back into it and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was quite jumpy to start off with and it was confusing trying to fit up the two POVs in the book as it jumped from the 1960s to the 1930s, but once you get past the confusion and truly connect with the characters it becomes all the more intriguing and mysterious. The mystery of how these two stories are connected kept me going through this book and I found myself second guessing myself at every turn of the page. It was thrilling and addictive. Multiple love stories intertwined without any of the characters knowing until the end. Such a brilliant book and would honestly say it was such a pleasure to read.
I hope this blog post has been an interesting read, I know they’re all pretty vague but didn’t want to give away too many spoilers! Hopefully it has inspired you to go out and read some more, be it one of the books I’ve suggested or a book that you’ve been wanted to buy for a while now. Hoping to keep this kind of post going for a while and keep you updated on any great reads or books that I’m loving at the moment. Let me know in the comments what you thought about this post and any books you are loving at the moment! Always looking for more inspiration 🙂