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Saturday, 14 September 2019

Recent Reads

It's no secret that I am a huge bookworm and have been reading an impressive amount of books (in my opinion) this year. I've always read a lot, but 2019 has been the best year in a long time. I've already had to move my Goodreads goal once this year, and I'm looking forward to seeing how many more books I can get through before the end of the year. I have decided that I would like to share more of my reading on here, so when I read a few good books, I'll update you on my recent reads. So let's crack on with the books I've picked up since returning from my holiday.

Still Lives - Maria Hummel
If you follow me on Instagram, you might be aware that a group of my lovely blogging gal pals (I'll tag them all down below) have set up a monthly book swap. We all have really committed to reading more this year, and having the opportunity to swap and share books we have loved is one of my highlights of this year. One of the books I picked up was Still Lives. This tells the story of Maggie, who works in an art gallery, trying to solve the disappearance of artist Kim Lord. Lord's latest exhibition, which is held at Maggie's place of work, depicts a variety of different murders of women, all true stories - and now Lord seems to have fallen to the same fate. To make matters more confusing, Kim Lord's boyfriend is Maggie's recent ex, Greg. Who doesn't love a tangled web of love? We follow Maggie as she tries to solve what has happened to Kim, while also trying to clear her name and Greg's.
I have somewhat of a fascination with true crime, loving videos from Georgia Marie and Eleanor Neale for example, and thought that this book would be right up my street because of this. The true crime aspect, in my opinion, plays much less of a part than suggested in the blurb of the book. Because of this, I was a little bit disappointed. It was a good mystery thriller in its own right, with a few twists and turns to keep you on your toes; I was just hoping for a little bit more I think.

Becoming - Michelle Obama
This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2019, but I'll admit, the size put me off ever so slightly. But I finally picked it up this month and oh my goodness - wow! This could quite possibly be one of my favourite books of the year. In case you aren't aware, Becoming is Michelle Obama's autobiography. It covers everything from her childhood, starting her career, meeting Barack and then her life as the wife of a key political figure. This was a really motivating and interesting read - as a black woman trying to forge a career for herself, Michelle herself faced a lot of adversity, which she overcame. Then having the opportunity to understand her adapting to life as the First Lady of the United States, starting her own projects and putting her own stamp on the role, much like her husband was doing on the presidency. I feel like I learnt so much from this - I've always loved Michelle and thought she was really inspirational, but I never knew just how much she'd done during Barack's presidency and earlier in her life. An amazing book that I would recommend to everyone and it will live on my shelf for me to reread in years to come I think.

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
There has been a lot of hype around Margaret Atwood and The Handmaid's Tale in recent years. The book has been adapted for television, which a lot of people have loved (I need to catch up!), and then it was announced that a sequel was being released over 20 years after the first book. This was a reread for me, having studied The Handmaid's Tale as part of my English Literature A Level. Having read it again as an adult, I got so much more out of the novel. The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopian novel, set in near-future America, where a religious movement has overthrown the government. At first, the ideas that Atwood shares in the novel seem far-fetched, but some of the things she writes are actually scarily familiar. Women are placed in a much inferior situation to men, given status depending on their ability to have children. I think this is a really important read for everyone, it really highlights the fragility of society and how we really should think about how we treat each other. Safe to say, I gave it 5 stars, and I've jumped straight into the sequel - The Testaments! Stay tuned to see my thoughts on that!

So they're three of my most recent reads. I've really enjoyed all of my reading so far this year, and I cannot wait to see what other great books I can pick up before the end of the year.

What are some of your favourite books from this year? I'm always looking for some recommendations!

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