BADIM 17: Book Club Favourites!

Hello Sweet Peas!

Welcome to day 16 of Blog a Day in May!

Over the last few weeks, I’ve discussed my film favourites, TV favourites and music favourites, so I thought it was only fair that I show my favourite books some love too!

I used to be a huge bookworm, I always had my head in a book and I could get through several a month. These days I just don’t have the time or energy to read for long periods of time. To scoot myself around this problem I subscribed to Audible, which has been a lifesaver. It means I can listen to a book and enjoy it whilst doing the washing or walking/driving to work. I’ve managed to squeeze some brilliant books into my timetable thanks to this app. (Not sponsored, just really love it!).

Here are some of my favourites reads from this year! (Don’t worry, there are lots of different genres in this post!)

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The Likeness – Tana French – I fell in love with Tana French when my mentor at Uni gave me her first book, In The Woods. It was absolutely incredible and I managed to read it in two days. This is the second book in the series (and you kind of need to read the first one to understand some bits but it’s not vital – although highly recommended). Like her first book, the writing is a masterpiece. Every line is very thought out and the plot is a beautiful mix of twists and turns, mystery and suspense. I listened to this book on Audible and it is narrated by an Irish woman. My family is part Irish however, I don’t have an Irish accent unless I am around Irish people. So for about an hour after listening to this book my accent was a mess! But it was so worth it. If you are a lover of crime fiction, this is a book you need to add to your bucket list!

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How To Be Champion – Sarah Millican – I’ve always been a fan of Sarah Millican, she is one of the only female comedians I find funny (probably because she doesn’t use the fact she’s a woman as her only material). This book is her autobiography and I can honestly say it had me laughing out loud. Well, for most of it, when I first started listening to this book I was sat on a 3-hour train journey to Liverpool. I was sat there desperately trying not to laugh because I didn’t want to draw attention to myself and I was also busting for the loo. (You can read all about my disaster train toilet experience in my travel diary post!). But not only is this book very amusing, it also makes you feel good about yourself and makes you think back to your own childhood, as well as appreciating Sarah in a whole new light. Whether you’ve heard of her or not, this book will have you in stitches!

The Queen of Wishful Thinking – Milly Johnstone – I told you there would be a variety of genres! This book was originally my mothers, but I started reading it as a bit of light reading after I’d finished a particularly harrowing crime novel (which is not on this list because quite frankly it gave me anxiety to read!) This is a very light, noncommitted book, due to the fact that you don’t need to think too hard about the storyline. It’s just a nice book to read. The characters are well established, the storyline is a little obvious, but the way she gets to the ending was very unexpected. I don’t usually enjoy romance novels, if nobody dies I’m generally not interested, but this one had me hooked. This would be perfect to take on holiday or as a gift for someone who does like romance. (I bought my mum a signed copy of Milly’s latest book, guess who has lots of daughter brownie points at the moment!).

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The Girl In The Ice – Robert Bryndza –  This was the first book I ever listened to on Audible. There’s nothing like walking to work in the dark, on your own at 7 in the morning while someone is describing a brutal murder in your ears to add a bit of excitement to your day! No, just me? I’m starting to see why my friends think I’m strange. (In my defence I am writing my own crime novel and until about 5 years ago I wanted to be a forensic pathologist…I was always going to be a little dark). But back to this book! It is very dark, but it literally keeps you guessing the whole way through, and gives you that feeling of being watched. I think I was suspicious of every character in this book, apart from the person who did it! It was so unexpected yet brilliant that I genuinely shouted, ‘No!’ loud enough to make my mum jump. Another great read for crime fiction lovers!

Those are all the books I have managed to read this year so far, that I have actually enjoyed. If you’re interested in the harrowing book I was reading before starting Milly Johnston, it was The Silent Child by Sarah A Denzill. Fantastic book, but the topic of child abduction did not sit well in my stomach.

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What books have you enjoyed reading? Let me know in the comments!

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