Saturday, July 4

- Good Reads #3...

book review good reads recommendations You may have seen that I recently began a "Good Reads" series, and today I have the next installment for you. With me now working in London and commuting to and from central, I've managed to find some time to stick my nose in a book! Plus, my brother kindly got me an Amazon gift card for my birthday, which I've used to stock up on future reads!

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 two books featuring in this post are: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini and Could It Be You? by Katie Kirby. Two very different books, both of which I recommend for different reasons. 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!

A thousand splendid suns book review

'Mariam is only fifteen when she is sent to Kabul to marry Rasheed. Nearly two decades later, a friendship grows between Mariam and a local teenager, Laila, as strong as the ties between mother and daughter. When the Taliban take over, life becomes a desperate struggle against starvation, brutality and fear. Yet love can move a person to act in unexpected ways, and lead them to overcome the most daunting obstacles with a startling heroism.'

Where do I even start with this? This has quickly gained a place in my top 5 reads (if not the top position!). The author of The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini, focuses primarily on conditions for women in Afghanistan this time round. This book is exactly what I mean when I say I enjoy books that transport you to a different place, a different time, with the inclusion of historical facts.

Unlike The Fever Tree, which is set in 1880 South Africa, I already knew quite a bit about the background of Afghanistan. However, the level of description in this novel take it to a whole new level. The two main characters, Mariam and Laila, interlink perfectly. It's faultless, emotional, and certainly a story that stays with you for a very long time afterwards.

Could it be you? Katie Kirby book review

'Six months ago Rachel Kane was married and trying for a baby. But then her world came crashing down when she found out her husband was leaving her for another woman. Suddenly she found herself nearing thirty and living back home with her parents. No relationship, no space of her own, and struggling to make ends meet. The soap she makes and sells through market stores gets great feedback, but she is finding to turn it into a proper business, and she is beginning to wonder if she will ever catch her big break. When she finds out two of her best friends are getting married in the South of France she can’t wait for a relaxing break. But will it be relaxing, or will it bring up a host of unwanted emotions?'

Alternatively, a lighter option is 'Could it be you?'. Katie kindly sent me over her novel, which is available on ebook only for £2.99* here. This is your typical chick lit - it's predictable, slightly unrealistic and cheesy in parts, but despite this, you love it and can't put it down.

I do feel like this novel could be made longer with the inclusion of more description, as I found it difficult to create an image in my head. However, this is just my personal opinion as I'm often left wanting more from chick lits. As I've previously said, I do prefer novels with a bit more depth, but this was a welcome alternative and it felt good to vary my typical read.

The main character, Rachel, is relatable and it's a story with regular laugh-out-loud moments. It's a light-hearted, entertaining and easy read, which leaves you feeling warm & fuzzy inside - perfect for chilling in the sun with!

Have you read either of these? Feel free to leave any of your recommendations in the comments below!

*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been gifted. I only feature products/services to my personal taste and all opinions are 100% my own.


KAREN
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34 comments:

  1. I read a thousand splendid suns a while ago and loved it! I love books like that, exactly as you say because they transport you to a different time and place! I'm currently reading his third book, I'm only a quarter of the way through so can't give a proper opinion but so far so good!

    Amy x

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  2. Khaled Hosseini knows how to tug the heart strings! That book was a serious tear jerker. I remember crying on a bus when I was reading that haha so embarrassing !!

    Kat | www.kathorrocks.com

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  3. I love Khaled Hosseini, you should read the mountains echoed!

    Tara x

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  4. I've had "A Thousand Splendid Suns" on my to-read pile for a very long time and I haven't had the inclination to pick it up before now!! I think it'll definitely one of my next books!

    Hollie // hollieinwanderlust.co.uk

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  5. I need a novel to create an image in my head too. If not I can't get into it!

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

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  6. i'm definitely adding 'a thousand splendid suns' to my reading list, sounds like one of Khaled's bests! x

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  7. I actually found 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' through my local bookstore. Now, I definitely need to check it out! The premise is just so beautiful <3

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin'

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  8. Love the book reviews they all sound amazing but a thousand splendid suns really caught my eye it's sounds really good thank you for sharing
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  9. I also have just started a new job where I have to commute to Manchester everyday so I finally can start reading again! I absolutely love it. I read A thousand splendid suns last summer and I absolutely loved it! I haven't heard of could it be you but I do like s light chic lit. Especially for lazy summer reading :)

    Sarah xxx www.whatsasssays.com

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  10. I keep saying that I need to read more but haven't yet! Though it's always great to hear what people enjoy reading so I can keep an eye out for them :) http://coffeeatmidnight13.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. You know how much I love this posts, Karen! You always came up with the best book recommendations. I have't read these ones, but they are now on my list. What a great gift you brother gave you! Hope you are having a lovely weekend, beautiful! xx

    Ale | http://alemint.blogspot.com/

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  12. The way you describe the book makes me super curious, I need to start reading it. And I appreciate you not giving any spoilers HAHA thanks for sharing
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  13. Thanks for sharing!! I've been meaning to go back to reading books but I think I want to start reading some classics but I'm definitely going to look into these books!

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  14. A Thousand Splendid Suns is one of my favourite books! The Kite Runner is still on my to read list so hopefully I will get around to it this summer!

    Laura x
    Must Have Girl

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  15. I am about to read A Thousand Splendid Suns! Great post x
    Claire | www.claire-frances.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. These sound excellent. I'm always looking to add new great reads to my to be read list! I'm currently reading Wild and loving every page! x Carly

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  17. I officially REALLY need to read a thousand splendid suns. I've actually picked it up a few times at the library and never got round to reading it. Need it in my life :)

    Elle
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  18. I have a thousand splendid suns but haven't got around to reading to yet! I read "The Kite Runner" which is by the same author for my English A Level last year and it was amazing! x

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  19. I've read A Thousand Splendid Suns - fantastic book. For some reason I have never quite got on with chick lit, though I will happily devour a teen novel if I feel like something lighter! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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  20. I'm a real book worm so going to have to check out all of the books in this post! I do love a good Chick lit story. I'm always reading romance books, haha! x x

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  21. I love reading of the evenings, will have to look out for these x
    Hannah | Heyitshannaah

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  22. I adored The Kite Runner so I really should try more of his books! x

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  23. I haven't read a good novel in a long time. I need to change that and these sure sound good. :)

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  24. I love to read paranormal romances :)

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  25. A Thousand Splendid Suns is one of my all time favourites - it made me cry so much after the first time I read it!! <3

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  26. I have A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini but haven't had time to read it jet. Might be time now.

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  27. I love reading so much! I've never read any of these two but the A Thousand Splendid Suns seems to be an amazing book! Xx

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  28. A Thousand Spendid Suns is such an amazing books, it's so heartbreaking, I cried my eyes out during some parts of it. I agree it really is a must read for anyone. I also love chick flicks though so I must look into the other book when I finish what I'm currently reading (it's the latest release Grey such a guilty pleasure haha) x

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  29. Always wanted to read A Thousand Splendid Suns. Great post . :)
    -Rupsha | Blog-Lovesicklilac | Twitter-b_rupsha

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  30. I have yet to read any of these, so you've just given me three more to add to my list :).

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  31. I will deffo keep a look out for these, need some new books to read this summer :D

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  32. A Thousand Splendid Sun is a superb book and a definite favourite I haven't read the other one. I really need to get reading again so bad that I don't make time Lucy x

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