The last month or so has been one full of reading. I spent a holiday in Cornwall devouring books. There is something special about a suitcase full of new books for a trip away. I don’t read anywhere near as much as I’d like to in day-to-day life so a week sitting on beaches with no WiFi sounded the perfect opportunity to get reading again.
For some context, I’m happy reading a range of genres but I really do love a romance or rom-com for easy reading on the beach. My favourite book this year has been Elenor Oliphant (it truly does live up to the hype) and my favourite book of all time is probably Lindsey Kelk’s The Single Girls To-Do List.
‘Five years from now’ by Paige Toon
I’ve been wanting to read a Paige Toon novel for a long time, after hearing rave reviews about her books from Sophia and Cinzia’s Youtube channel (Give them a watch if you haven’t before, they are absolutely hilarious and I always come away wanting at least one of their outfits). At 337 pages long, I read this within one day easily.
The book is about 2 characters who meet as children when their parents fall in love, and the story follows the next thirty years of their lives. I’ll start by saying I felt plenty of emotion reading this book! I cried real tears at a particularly sad scene but there were moments of complete happiness too.
I haven’t read a book over such a wide time-scale for a while, and you have to figure out how long has passed since we last met the characters. It is written well though, so within the first page or so of a new chapter, you know where you are again.
Paige Toon writes beautifully, and I’d like to read more of her books now. You feel a real connection to the characters. All the way through, it felt like I would be able to predict the ending, but the ending felt very different to what I had expected – and in a good way too.
Marks out of 10? I’d give it a 7. It is the perfect holiday read. If like me, you are a fan of Lindsey Kelk’s books and writing style, you’ll likely enjoy this book. Find it here.
Dream a little dream by Giovanna Fletcher
Spending several weeks on the sunny beaches of Devon and Cornwall, I have been reading plenty of pool-side rom com books. Giovanna Fletcher’s writing style fits this set-up perfectly. I took my time reading Dream A Little Dream over two days and just enjoyed it.
It is a lovely story, about love and friendship. The book tackles issues we might all face, from loss to dating, and even having to spend time an ex and their new partner. The main character, Sarah, is warm and likeable.
A lot of chapters begin with a description of Sarah’s dreams. In all honesty, I think the book would stand alone well without the ‘dreams’ – and without wanting to give too much away, I think it felt a little unrealistic for me. There could have been a much more simple way to bring Sarah’s love interest into the novel.
That said, it is a fun, romantic read that I really did enjoy. Reading it didn’t feel like an effort and I loved the characters. 6/10. I’d definitely take it to read on holiday again! Find it here.
Amelia Freer – Nourish and Glow 10 Day Plan
I thought I’d include a recipe book that I’ve been using this month. I bought the 10 day Nourish and Glow Plan last year, but never got round to making any of the recipes.
I’d describe the book as a kind, gentle approach to nourishing and caring for your body from the inside out. The first half is dedicated to nutrition – the foods we should eat more of and the ones to avoid. I thouroughly enjoyed this section. Nutrition has always interested me and this seemed full of sensible advice for a ‘healthy’ diet.
Whilst I haven’t followed the 10 day plan yet, I have cooked recipes (the aubergine and chickpea curry is incredible) and I’m yet to find a meal I don’t like the look of. Out of all of the meal plans I’ve come across, this is the one I am most interested to try. I’d love to give it a go soon, and see how I feel at the end of it.
As someone who eats little to no meat, I was really happy to read about the plant-based/vegetarian/vegan options. My favourite part about the book is that the focus is not so much on weight loss, but more about feeling good and feeding your body properly. Find the book here.
What have you been reading recently? I’d love any recommendations!