I hope you’re all well.
My blog post a few weeks ago about the best books I’ve read so far this year went down really well with you all, so I decided to do another post, about some of the best books I’ve ever read. These aren’t all of the best ones, but they’re a few of them, and I wanted to share them with you! As always, you can click the name of the book, and it will take you to the cheapest place you can get it.
Life After You by Lucie Brownlee – This had to be on my list of best books; it’s such a raw, hard hitting book. It’s a true story, almost auto-biography/diary style, as she’s telling you exactly what has happened to her.. It’s told by a woman called Lucie, who’s husband died. They have a little girl together, and it’s Lucie’s story of dealing with his death, raising their daughter alone, and the emotional rollercoaster she goes through afterwards.
I laughed and sobbed my heart out during this book; there is one part, after an evening out with friends, where Lucie is so wracked with emotion and devastation that she literally screams into the sky. That really hit me hard, as fortunately I’ve never lost a partner, but that part of the book really affected me as I felt like I was right there with her.
I really recommend this book; it’s very emotional, it’s funny, and it’s just very, very true.
Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge – One of the most gripping thrillers I’ve ever read, if not the most gripping. I love thrillers, but nothing compares to this. It follows Detective Helen Grace, and a series of crimes that are taking place. 2 people are getting kidnapped at a time (I’m not telling you anything more than the blurb does), being left in deserted places they can’t get out of, and a gun is being given to them. The choice is kill, or be killed, and only one person can survive. It is scary, fast paced, and nail-biting. I read this so quickly, because I couldn’t put it down.
I don’t know how I didn’t realise, but this is actually the first in a series about Detective Helen Grace, so I’m going to go and order the rest now!
The Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson – This is my favourite book of all time (I’m sure you can tell by how battered and marked it is), and has been for years. It’s set in 3 stages, and has 2 narrators, Poppy and Serena. The 3 time periods are distant past, more recent past, and present, and it follows their stories of both getting involved with the wrong, and same man, when they were just teenage girls, and the implications it ended up having on both their lives, one life more than the other.
It is absolutely incredible. It is a moving, emotional story of abuse and how it can affect your life for years to come. It got made into a 3 part TV drama, which was good, but nowhere near as good as the book. It came out in around 2009 I believe, and that’s when I first bought it, and have read it so many times since.
I remember buying it at the airport when I was going on holiday, and I lay on the beach not even noticing what was going on around me because I was so obsessed with it.
If you read any book, I really recommend it being this; it’s amazing.
The Wrong Knickers by Bryony Gordon – A book every woman has to read at some point in their lives. This is again a true, autobiography style book by journalist, columnist and now author Bryony Gordon. She tells the stories of her 20’s, from bumping into a colleague at an STI clinic, to being handed someone elses knickers after a one night stand. It made me laugh and cry, and was one of the funniest, and most realistic books I’ve ever read. It is pretty much a book that reassures you that most people really don’t have their shit fully together in their 20’s, and that life isn’t as glamorous as you think it is.
Bryony tackles more serious subjects, like mental health and debt, but in a humorous way. I cannot stress enough how much you need to read this; it follows a decade in someones life that everyone needs to read about.
I hope you enjoyed this post, I loved writing it for you; I’m really enjoying the more regular book posts I’m doing, as reading is one of my biggest hobbies, so if you want more book reviews on here please do let me know!
All my love BGP xx