I’m a total bookworm, I’ll read just about anything. However it has to be said that the genre I find easiest to read, and therefore the one that I reach for when I’m having a lazy reading day, is ‘chick lit’ easy to read romcom kinda mum trash. You know what I mean, right? I adore fantasy books, I love feeling intellectual and reading the classics over and over, but there’s something that draws me in when it comes to easy reads like the kind Sophie Kinsella, Jojo Moyes, Cecelia Ahern etc put out there. I’m trying to devour more books in my spare time instead of vegging on the sofa and binge-watching tv, so this month I picked up 3 new novels that I’m hoping to get through by March.
The Marble Collector – Cecelia Ahern
“When Sabrina Boggs stumbles upon a mysterious collection of her father’s belongings, her seemingly uneventful life suddenly alters and shifts. In a single day she has to search for answers about the man she thought she knew, a man who can no longer remember his own story, Sabrina uncovers far bigger secrets than she could have imagined. And discovers that sometimes it’s the people closest to us that we know the least.”
Cecelia Ahern is the author of one of my favourite books (and films) “Love, Rosie” so I thought I’d try out one of her latest titles, “The Marble Collector” which centres around memory and indeed the loss of memories. This book was just £3.85 from my local Tesco and the cover is so beautiful that I couldn’t help picking it up- now to see if I’ll be able to put it down…
My Not So Perfect Life – Sophie Kinsella
“Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed. Ok, so the truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers. But on day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they? Until her not-so-perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business. Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her change. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams- or try to get her job back? Does Demeter- the woman who has everything- actually have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems.”
The synopsis of this book speaks volumes to me- trying to create my life around social media and constantly presenting myself in a particular light when actually I have quite a different life sometimes… it sounds scarily accurate! I love Sophie Kinsella’s “Confessions of a Shopaholic” series and her writing style just makes it so easy to completely inhale her books from the very first page, so I’m really excited to get stuck into this one!
The House of New Beginnings – Lucy Diamond
“Number eleven, Dukes Square is a white-painted Regency house near the Brighton seafront, with elegant bow windows and a winding staircase. Behind the front door, it’s also a place of new beginnings for the tenants who call it home… As the three tenants find each other, hope surfaces, friendships blossom and a whole new chapter unfolds for them all”
First of all, let’s just take a moment to swoon over this gorgeous front cover. I know they say you should never judge a book by the cover but my god, a pearlescent/pastel/typography combo never looked so good! I didn’t even read the synopsis before grabbing this book and throwing it into my basket- I mean even if I didn’t like the sound of the book it was bound to look stunning on my bookshelf! Thankfully I’m a big fan of Lucy Diamond and her multi-perspective style of writing which intricately weaves the lives of all characters in her stories, so I’m sure this won’t disappoint!
March will be the month that I tackle some slightly more challenging reads, but for now I’m more than happy to curl up with a cuppa, some fluffy socks and some good old chick lit books!