I hope you’re all well.
So, today I’m talking about the best books I’ve read so far this year; I’ve read a lot this year, I’ve forced myself to make more time for reading because I love it, and so I’ve got quite a few favourites.
I actually do have another favourite, but my friends borrowing it at the moment, so I’m going to do another book favourites post towards the end of December and I’ll feature it then.
Anyway, let’s get on with the post; I’ve linked where you can find the books cheapest, so if you click on the name of the book below, it’ll take you there. Enjoy!
A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard – This is the one I’ve finished most recently. I was inspired to get it after watching the Netflix documentary Captive for 18 Years which is about the real life story of Jaycee Lee Dugard, who was kidnapped when she was 11 years old, and held captive for a further 18 years by her kidnappers, Phillip and Nancy Garrido. They kept her in a series of hidden tents in their garden, and Phillip repeatedly raped and abused her over the years, leading her to give birth to his 2 daughters, the first one being born when Jaycee was just 14 years old.
This book is written by Jaycee herself, about everything that happened during those 18 years, from just before she got kidnapped, to after her release when her and her daughters were saved when she was 29 years old.
It is a harrowing and heartbreaking novel, and extremely emotional. She talks you through the rapes and abuse in great detail, so as a warning if that’s not the sort of thing you think you want to read, then maybe this isn’t for you. It is a really important book, however, as Jaycee is such a strong girl, and now woman, and has the most positive outlook on life despite everything that’s happened to her.
I really do recommend you reading this, and watching the Netflix documentary too.
My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella – An absolute favourite of mine. I’ve always loved Sophie Kinsella books, and saw so many people rave about this, so I decided to get it when I saw it on offer (it’s only £3.99 on that link I’ve given too, which is a bargain especially as it’s a pretty chunky book!).
It’s about a girl called Katie Brenner, working in a Marketing job in London (where she’s always dreamed she would live), and she feels really out of her depth, as she’s pretty skint, isn’t doing what she wants to do, and everyone she works with seems to have a glamorous and perfect life. She posts continually on her Instagram feed, making out that she has a brilliant and successful life, which couldn’t be further from the truth.
After something happens with her dream marketing job, she has to make a huge change to her life, and the story follows what happens after that, and how maybe the change isn’t quite so bad after all.
I don’t want to give too much away, but honestly, it’s a really easy read, and I was going through a really anxious period when I read this and it cheered me up a lot – really recommend it.
It follows Tess, and Gus, who have two completely separate lives, but who are destined to be together. The book is half Tess’s perspective, and half Gus’s, and how they keep having near run-ins with each other, and keep being led to each other, but life keeps getting in the way and seems to have an alternate plan for them.
The book pans out over 16 years, and everything that happens, leading them away from and toward each other. This book has such a lovely feel to it, that I think it’s the perfect book to read during the festive season.
I See You By Clare Mackintosh – Like the rest of them, another bargain, and this one is SO BLOODY GRIPPING! This is one of the best thrillers I’ve ever read.
It’s about a lady called Zoe Walker, who commutes to work every day. One day, she sees a picture of herself in the classified ads in the newspaper, with a website and a phone number next to it, neither of which work. She didn’t put the image of herself in the newspaper, and becomes frightened as to who has done it.
Every day, a different womans picture appears in the same section of the newspaper, with the same number and website address.
Scary things start to happen, and honestly, you’ll be on the edge of your seat! If you like a thriller, or nail biter, then this is the one for you.
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena – Another bargain (I’m gonna give up saying that now, just know that all of the books in the post, I’ve found them for really cheap!). Also, another thriller.
It’s about a couple who’s baby girl goes missing one night whilst they’re next door for a dinner party with their neighbours, and all the twists and turns that happen thereafter.
It really is a ‘Who do you believe?’ kind of novel, and just when you think you know the answer, another twist happens, and you’re completely thrown off and shocked again! A brilliant and gripping book.
The People At Number 9 by Felicity Everett – I absolutely loved this book. I actually hadn’t seen any other reviews of it online when I got it, as I think it had just come out, but I am so glad I bought it.
It’s one of the best books I’ve read, as it’s so different.
It follows the story of Sara mainly, and her husband Neil, who are a normal, suburban married couple, living on a normal street and getting on with their lives. Then Lou and Gav, their neighbours move in, another married couple, who are a little bit crazy, glamorous and fun.
Sara and Neil get sucked in by them, and the 2 couples soon become friends. However, there’s more to Lou and Gav than meets the eye, and soon the relationship between the 4 of them becomes not what Sara expected.
I don’t know what I’d describe this as; not really a thriller, but a gripping book all the same. It honestly is fantastic, and it’s so real-life, that it could happen to anyone. I really recommend it!
So, that is the end of my book round up for now; I hope you enjoyed it, and that if you do get any of my recommendations, that you enjoy the books too! Let me know what you thought of them, and also any recommendations you have for me!
All my love BGP xx