Saturday, May 23

- Good Reads #2...

You may or may not remember the first installment of my 'Good Reads' series (here) as it was a while ago now. My bad. I've still not managed to allocate as much time as I'd like towards reading - *note to self* get off Twitter. However, today I'm back with the second snippet and, as we're coming up to the holiday season, I thought I'd show you two recent reads I'd recommend for when you're lounging around a pool.

good reads, bluebird tea, the husband's secret, life after life
life after life kate atkinson, the husband's secret liane moriarty

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 where I have to re-read sections. I prefer novels which are set during historical events that create superb imagery and allow you to be taken back in time. That's not to say every book I recommend in this series will be this genre, but I just want to give you an idea of what I like to see if you can relate.

The 2 books featuring in this post are: The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty and Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. Find out what I thought of these below and don't worry, there'll be no spoilers. In fact, what I have to say will be fairly brief as I always fear unintentionally giving stories away with the slightest wording! These are more recommendations than reviews.

the husband's secret liane moriarty 'Mother of three and wife of John-Paul, Cecilia discovers an old envelope in the attic. Written in her husband's hand, it says: to be opened only in the event of my death.

Curious, she opens it - and time stops.

John-Paul's letter confesses to a terrible mistake which, if revealed, would wreck their family as well as the lives of others.

Cecilia - betrayed, angry and distraught - wants to do the right thing, but right for who? If she protects her family by staying silent, the truth will worm through her heart. But if she reveals her husband's secret, she will hurt those she loves most . . .'

I managed to get through this book pretty quickly. It's an easy read and a great one to relax and wind down to. There are three protagonists, each chapter alternating between them, who all have very interesting lives and experiences. Liane Moriarty interlinks the different characters wonderfully and effortlessly. It's not up there in my favourites, but it's a nice, smooth read and a definite page-turner!

life after life kate atkinson During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath.

During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale.

What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?

On the other hand, this by Kate Atkinson is up there in my list of top reads. The main character, Ursula is extremely likeable and relatable. This novel is an example of how I enjoy being taken back in time and learning about historical events. It's an eye-opening read that creates wonderful imagery from both World War I & II, and tells the story from both sides. I'd recommend reading this in longer sittings rather than a few pages here and there, as it's important to remember small details. This book is so cleverly written and a must-read in my opinion! I've just realised the sequel, 'A God in Ruins', has just been so released - cough it's my birthday soon cough. *Hint hint* to family reading this, I'm sorry what, who said that?!

Have you read either of these? Which books do you recommend? I'm always looking to add to my list!



  1. The husbands secret sounds like a book I would really enjoy the fact that it is easy to read definitely appeals Lucy x

  2. I absolutely loved the Husband's secret, such an easy but interesting read and I felt like I really invested in the characters (looking at me sounding all book critic-esque, ha!) The other book sounds fab too, will have to pick it up next time :)


  3. Thanks for the tip! :)

  4. I loved reading The Husband's Secret, such a good read and had me totally lost in the story. Will have to have a look at your other recommendation now x

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  5. I love Liane Moriarty, haven't read this book but it sounds just like my type of novel so I am going to have to read it! :)

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  6. Ooh these look like such great reads! I've heard lots of great things about The Husbands Secret, might need to pick that one up for summer! X

  7. very nice!

  8. I hate it when I have to re-read paragraphs. Tells me that the book isn't worth finishing. It took me a long time to decide that it's okay to not finish a book if I'm not enjoying it!

    Corinne x

  9. These sound great reads glad I have read his post because I needed to find a new book to rad thankyou for sharing:-)

  10. I really enjoyed reading The Husband's Secret, I read this out of curiosity (it’s one of the top selling books on Kindle) and I’m not sorry I did, but it does bring new meaning to the phrase “light read.” I read it in about two hours and enjoyed every minute, but it’s fluff. In one ear and out the other. I'll definitely check out Life After Life! Oh man, I love this amazing series on your blog Keep it up, Karen! xx

  11. such like a great read.

  12. looks like a good read!

  13. Oh my god goodreads do not remind me hahah I am catastrophically behind my challenge, I think because there's a challenge I find it harder to motivate- ANYWAY! Life after life sounds amazing I think I will pick that up I am surprised though as I thought the husbands secret would be your fav, mainly because the title is like what the hell does this mean tell me more hahahah! xxx

  14. The Husbands Secret sounds like an amazing read you got me into buying this one! I like the fact that you haven't spoiled the book haha I read some blogs and when they're discussing a book they ruin the entire experience by summarising it :(((((( BUT THANK GOD YOU DIDN'T hahahah <3

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  15. Life After Life sounds brilliant! I'm the same, I love historical novels and this sounds really interesting x

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  16. These seem like good and interesting reads. I'm totally the same, I don't enjoy books as much if I can get through them in one hour!
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  17. I must read The Husband's Secret! I don't read much fiction so I like easy reads when I do :)

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  18. I like the sounds of The Husband's Secret! Sounds right up my street :) x

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  19. I've been making a Summer reading list and these books are definitely going to be on it! They sound really good x

  20. I read the Husband's Secret a while ago and I quite enjoyed it, I've been meaning to take a look at some other books by the author. Life after life sounds so intriguing! I've bookmarked this so I don't forget to check it out come summer :)

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