Saturday, March 14

- Good Reads #1...

Since graduating, I've turned into a bit of a bookworm. During my time at University, I never read books for enjoyment as I always ended up feeling guilty it wasn't a course-related textbook. I didn't realise until afterwards just how much I missed reading; there's nothing like turning your phone/laptop/tablet off and escaping reality with an engrossing read.

I'm constantly looking for book recommendations on other blogs and Twitter, so I've decided to introduce a 'Good Reads' series to my blog. I have no idea how regular these posts will be as it depends how quickly I get through books, but each post will feature 3 recent reads that I've enjoyed. I've chosen not to feature books I thought were a bit 'meh' as I want to focus on ones which I'd recommend.

Incase you were wondering, my ideal book is one that's not a really easy read that I fly through, nor one I find overly challenging. I prefer novels which are set during historical events that create superb imagery and allow you to be taken back in time.

The 3 books featuring in this first instalment are: We Were Liars by E.Lockhart, The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Find out what I thought of these below and don't worry, there'll be no spoilers.

'We are liars. We are beautiful and privileged. We are cracked and broken. A tale of love and romance. A tale of tragedy. Which are lies? Which is truth? You decide.'

I thought I'd give this a go as it's a popular read amongst bloggers and one that crops up a lot on Instagram, although I do have to say I think it's targeted to a younger audience than myself. The blurb sums this up well as the story is made up of short, sharp, and somewhat poetic in places, sentences. E.Lockhart's writing style took me a while to adjust to as it's nothing like anything I had read before, but once I had, I loved it. If you're in the same boat and think this seems slow to start with, definitely stick with it!

'Frances Irvine, left penniless after her father's sudden death, is forced to emigrate to the Cape. In this barren country, she meets two very different men - one driven by ambition, the other by ideals. When a smallpox outbreak sends her to the diamond mines, she is drawn into a ruthless world of greed and exploitation, of human lives crushed in the scramble for power. But here - at last - she sees her path to happiness. Torn between passion and integrity, she makes a choice that has devastating consequences...'

Strong claim but this is quite possibly my all-time favourite read. Whenever someone is after a new read, this is the first one that instantly springs to my mind without fail. Set in 1880 South Africa, you're taken back in time and enter the world of diamond mining and it's corresponding conditions. The protagonist is likeable, relatable and I honestly can't recommend this enough.

'The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.'

This is definitely a page-turner, but not necessarily for it's plot, more for the atmospheric build-up. Erin Morgenstern creates wonderful imagery that's gripping and glorious to read. This book is cleverly written, with each chapter jumping from past to present tense - make sure you pay careful attention to the dates.

Have you read any of these? Which books do you recommend?

25 comments:

  1. These are some great suggestions. I will pick up one of these books after I have finished my current book. I am reading the 'Rosie Project' at the minute as it has had some good reviews, plus my boyfriend practically forced me to start reading it haha. I am very glad that I have!

    Leah @ Peaches and Smoke

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  2. We were liars is such an amazing book. I cried with shock at the end. I completely agree with you about the sentences being poetic.

    I post book reviews too sometimes. Love if you could check them out: evie-dylan.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. Haven't read any of these but they sound good, if I didn't have so many books already I would buy them right now but I will have to add them too the list for now.

    Meme xx

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  4. I love reading books but never seem to find the time, its definitely something i look forward to most when i go on holiday! I haven't read any of these but the night circus sounds like my kind of book :) Hope you have a fab weekend! xxx

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  5. I wish I read more, I love reading but never get round to it! I proper vary, sometimes I do love a light cheesy read but I actually LOVE thrillers and crime books. To be honest if it's well written I like it, the Night Circus sounds like it would be good though!


    India | Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

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  6. These books sounds so interesting. I know exactly someone who will love these!!

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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  7. Ohhh, now I must get back into reading, I really haven't picked up a good book to read in ages! We were liars sounds like a great read :D

    Serene xoxo

    http://www.imserenel.wordpress.com

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  8. The night circus is on my wishlist thanks to Tanya Burr always mentioning it in her vlogs! x

    owlsinthesummer.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. I love catching book reviews on blogs so I'll be back again.

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  10. I haven't heard of these books but I really want to try them love the reviews your blog really inspires me and I reallly look up to! x
    www.misslaurenmorgan.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. Since I started college, I never find time for reading, so one of the things I really wanna once the summer arrives is start reading again!!

    http://justohana.blogspot.com.es

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  12. I love this new category! I'm constantly on the hunt for new books to read! X
    www.lemontierres.com

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  13. I'm adding these to my reading list!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  14. I loved We Were Liars, it was such a good read!
    Megan x
    London Callings

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  15. I've heard great things about We Were Liars. I'm adding it to my reading list. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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  16. I was a little disappointed by We Were Liars.. there was just so much hype around it!
    I love the idea of a good reads series!

    embrace the detours

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  17. I haven't read any of these but they sounds interesting especially The Night Circus. I need to make time for reading Lucy x

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  18. I've been looking for a new read and heard so many good things about The Fever Tree, think I'll order it on Amazon tonight :)

    Rebecca Coco

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  19. Love book recommendations! I just bought the night circus to read next as it sounds so good. I need to add The Fever Tree to my good reads to read soon as well! xx

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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  20. I still need to read girl boss, that might be a good one for you to read if you've not yet. I need to get my lamp bulb replaced though so I can read before bed but I keep forgetting.

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  21. I've only read Night Circus from this list but I absolutely loved it. I generally am not a fan of magical/mystical type books but you're right, it's much more about the build up than the plot itself. Great post lovely :)

    Elle
    www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

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  22. As I said on Instagram, I find this idea fantastic! I try to read a lot, at least one book a month.
    xx

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  23. I have yet to read any of those books but they sound really interesting,I'm currently reading "This side of paradise" since I adore F. Scott Fitzgerald's writing style. xx
    fashionismyfirstlanguage.blogspot.ie

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  24. I've read The Night Circus, and I loved it! I will have to add the other two to my list. Thank you for the recommendations. I love that you're doing this series!
    xoxo Lauren | Will Sing For Makeup

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