Books I’ve Read Aug 2016 – Dec 2019

WARNING: This page will contain spoilers.

I’ve set up this page to keep track of the books I’ve read. I’m not going to make thing too complicated, simply listing the books, the date finished, a score out of ten and of course my opinion of the book.

  1. The Founding by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles (Book 1 in the Dynasty series) finished 10/08/2016 Rating: 7/10. I was a little cautious before starting this book as it is the first book in a series that currently sits at 34 books, so going into this series wasn’t to be taken lightly. This book starts in the 1400’s so some of the language and customs took a little getting use to but it delivered what I was looking for – a right good family saga. Definitely looking forward to the next one but will probably read another book before starting book two.
  2. Room by Emma Donoghue finished 09/10/2016 Rating: 5/10. I’d seen an awful lot of hype about this book and the fact that they turned it into a very successful film had me intrigued. I bought this book whilst on a weekend at my parents in the country and started it straight away. It was slightly tricky to get into particularly because of some of the language used but once you got you’re head round this it was a very interesting read. I thoroughly enjoyed the first third of the book however once it got to the point of escape, it kind of left me feeling like everything had gone exactly as it should and that it was a little too easy. I did feel like the portion of the book where they come to terms with the outside was interesting but again a little too easy. Yes, the boy is 5 and is likely to be more excepting of new things but still, it left me feeling a little meh! It was the middle section of this book that let it down – let’s escape, ok, here’s the plan, let’s go for it, yay it work!! I’m not sure I want to watch the film but I may do out of curiosity to see how they interpreted the story. Overall not a bad book and it was very well written, I just think it would have benefited from the characters being a little more challenged at certain points.
  3. Inferno by Dan Brown finished 16/10/2016 Rating: 8/10. Please visit my blog post for the review: Inferno Book and Film Review
  4. Far From True by Linwood Barclay finished mid-November Rating: 7/10. This was a book I started on the Readathon day and took a lot longer to finish than I expected. What I hadn’t realised until I was half way through this book, was that it was the second in a trilogy (now some things made sense), however my boss who alerted me to this advised me that it shouldn’t matter as it is not one story over three books but simply set in the same place with some similar characters – phew! What it did mean is that when i got to the end of the book it didn’t really tie everything up so it was clear that you needed to have read book two for book three to make sense. I got to the end and didn’t have book three (it’s on my Christmas list) so i’ll have to wait to finish the story. Overall the book was good, it did take some concentrating as there are a lot of characters and a lot of storylines but i definitely enjoyed it. I’m certainly looking forward to reading book three and finishing up the story.
  5. Best Kept Secret by Jeffrey Archer finished 30/11/16 Rating: 9/10. This was book three in the Clifton Chronicles series (currently seven books in the series) so this isn’t a book that concludes and ties thing up nicely. However it was brilliant to get back into some familiar characters and continue the story, so much so and considering the cliff-hanger at the end of this book, I started book four immediately after. The first two books focus on Harry Clifton as the main character but book three shifts to put more focus on his son Sebastian. Lots of twists and turns as you’d normally expect and an enormous cliff-hanger at the end. I’m a total sucker for family sagas especially those that are part of a series and give you the opportunity to really explore the family and characters so this book series is perfect for me. I’ve also read a couple of stand alone Jeffrey Archer books and they have been brilliant as well. If you like these types of books, I would high recommend checking out this series but I would warn that you must read these in order. Whilst the later books refer to previous events, they don’t go into much detail about them so if you’ve not read all the books somethings might not make sense, or you would at the least lose some of the impact of the story.
  6. The Best of Times by Penny Vincenzi finished 20/01/17 Rating: 2/10. I listened to this book as opposed to actually reading it. Now it says it was an unabridged version but at only 5hrs 33mins I wasn’t so sure (some of Penny’s others are around 15/16 hrs). To be honest though by the time I got to the end I was glad I’d only wasted a short amount of time and didn’t care if it was unabridged or not. The story had promise at the beginning but as it went on it just got predictable and dull. I know sometimes you can blame the narrator but this one was pretty good so it was definitely the story. It was an absolute disappointment which surprised me as I have loved every other book I’ve read by Penny Vincenzi and have to give special mention to the Spoils of Time trilogy. I’m not even going to write much more about it other than to say if the next book by Penny is like this (I’ll be reading it not listening) I’m going to be very upset and a lot of faith will have been lost.
  7. Be Careful What You Wish For by Jeffrey Archer finished mid-December 2016 Rating: 8/10. This is the fourth instalment in The Clifton Chronicles, which picks up exactly where book three closed, not knowing which of two characters had been killed. The book throws quite a lot at you with the persistent evil character still attempting to destroy the Barrington/Clifton families and the love then loss of an important, although not leading character. This book also introduces new characters who will play a pivotal part in the story for this and the next book and who turns out to change the lives of every members of the two families. And finally, as to be expected, the book brings you to a climatic end and leaves you hanging and obviously wanting more!
  8. Mightier Than The Sword by Jeffrey Archer finished 05/01/17 Rating: 9/10. Book five in the series again picks up exactly where book four left off, with an IRA bomb exploding during the MV Buckingham’s maiden voyage across the Atlantic – but how many passengers lose their lives? It was nice to see quite a bit of focus being put back on Harry Clifton in this book, along with the introduction of a very intriguing diversion from the norm.  We see Harry so determined to see a banned book bought to light, that he puts his own life in danger. We see court cases, elections (again) and of course love and loss, in this book. I’ll be honest and say it took an awful lot of strength not to immediately grab book six and dive in, purely because I know that I only have two books left to read and no idea if there will be any more after these so I kind of want to savour them. Oh and in case you were wondering, yes this book leaves you on another cliffhanger!
  9. Songs of Love and War by Santa Montefiore finished 22/03/17 Rating: 8/10. Book one of three and total family saga set in the late 1800’s/early 1900’s. Thoroughly enjoyed this and couldn’t wait to read the next book. 
  10. Billionaire by Peter James finished 12/04/17 Rating: 7/10. Listened to this one through Audible and it was enjoyable but not the greatest book. A good one to listen to while doing other things. 
  11. I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh finished 12/04/17 Rating: 9/10. Recommended by a friend and really enjoyed this. Pretty quick to read and some brilliant plot twists. If it was a film, i would definitely have been on the edge of my seat for most of the time. 
  12. I See You by Clare Mackintosh finished 08/05/17 Rating: 8.5/10. Equally as good as the previous book with lots of plot twists but they weren’t quite a shocking as in I Let You Go. However, if you have a routine and use public transport you might want to think twice before reading this book – definitely scary that this could be happening every day. 
  13. Cometh the Hour by Jeffrey Archer finished 21/05/17 Rating: 8/10. Book six of seven and i’d held off reading this because i knew i’d want to read book seven immediately after and then the series would be over. Again Jeffrey Archer delivers a brilliant book that is engrossing from start to finish. 
  14. This Was a Man by Jeffrey Archer finished 02/06/17 Rating: 10/10. The FINAL book of seven. Kind of devastated that this series is over as seven books is a lot of time to invest in one family but this is hands down the best series of books I’ve ever read. 
  15. Daughters of Castle Deverill by Santa Montefiore finished 26/06/17 Rating: 8/10. Book two of this trilogy. Again a very enjoyable family saga book, plenty of drama and twists. The perfect holiday book (but only if you’ve read the first one!)
  16. Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes finished 02/07/17 Rating: 6/10. OK so a book about Hitler might not be the most ideal book for a Jewish girl to read but this was really interesting. I listened to it as an audio book which i think definitely made it more appealing. There was some interesting and amusing characters and there were moments when i laughed out loud. This book was the first selection from the Book Club where i work. 
  17. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon finished 05/07/17 Rating: 5/10. Now I’ve not really ever read much YA fiction so this book surprised me. It’s a very quick read but enjoyable. The plot twist wasn’t a total shock but this book served well as something light-hearted between books about Hitler and the Pope!
  18. Conclave by Robert Harris finished 22/08/17 Rating: 7.5/10. This was the second Book Club book and i listened to this as an audio book. It took a little getting into and i think if i’d been reading the physical book i may have given up but it developed into a really interesting read. It was fascinating to see how the conclave process works and all that is involved behind the scenes. I thought i’d worked out the plot twist so was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be something completely different. I enjoyed the author and have gone to purchase a trilogy he wrote to read at some point!
  19. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis finished 01/09/17 Rating: ?/10. This is definitely a book i don’t feel comfortable giving a rating to. I didn’t choose to read this book but was challenged by a friend (she is reading a book i selected for her in return). This book is the oddest, most revolting book I’ve ever read. Some parts were like reading hardcore porn, so reading this on my lunch hour was pretty uncomfortable even if no-one could see the words i was reading! The level of detail about everything was incredible; i did enjoy the entire chapter on the history of music by Whitney Houston. But there are times when you wish the level of detail was taken down a notch or ten! I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone, not without a disclaimer and severe warning. I am however interested to watch the film, which i’m told is nothing like the book. 
  20. The Last Secret of the Deverills by Sante Montefiore finished 11/09/17. Rating: 8/10. The final book of the trilogy didn’t disappoint. I did half guess a couple of the twists but it didn’t take anything away from the enjoyment of the book. I would certainly recommend this trilogy to anyone who enjoys family saga or wants a good read for holiday that doesn’t take too much thinking about. 
  21. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  22. The Stranger In My Home Air by Adele Parks finished 21/10/17. Rating: 5/10.
  23. The Racketeer by John Grisham finished 21/10/17. Rating: 6/10. This was an audio book that took me forever to finish.
  24. The Circle by Dave Eggers finished 11/11/17. Rating: 7/10. I enjoyed this book and it was written in a way that you got a very firm picture as to who the characters were and what they looked liked. I watched the film shortly after reading this book and the characters did not fit the images i had in my head and some elements of the book were significantly changed and therefore i didn’t enjoy it when compared to the book.
  25. In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware finished 14/11/17. Rating: 6/10. This was an audio book.
  26. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne finished 17/11/17. Rating: 9/10. One word – heartbreaking!
  27. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena finished 30/11/17. Rating: 6/10.
  28. Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil finished 11/12/17. Rating: 7/10. This was an audio book. The narration was good but the story got a little predictable however i still enjoyed listening to it.
  29. One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus finished 13/01/18. Rating: 7/10. Again a YA book that surprised me, drew me in and turned out to be a really enjoyable read. Loved the way this was told from the view point of each of the four main characters. Predictable but with a hint of doubt which ensured you kept on reading.
  30. Dead Simple by Peter James finished 20/01/18. Rating: 8/10. I ‘borrowed’ my mum’s entire Peter James collection of books in October and this is the first in the Roy Grace series. Really enjoyed this, some great twists and turns and a storyline that i believe runs through the whole series which is the type of thing i love.
  31. The Child by Sebastian Fitzek finished 31/01/18. Rating: 5/10. This was an audio book that is an Audible original. I appreciated the cast of voices and there were some interesting elements to the story but the plot was a little lacking and it didn’t pull me in like i was hoping.
  32. Shall We Tell the President? by Jeffrey Archer finished 05/02/18. Rating: 8/10. Another corker from Jeffrey Archer, who is hands down one of my favourite authors. Loved the fact it was set before mobile phones and all the wonderful technology we have now and that communication couldn’t be done without a pocket full of quarters (set in the USA).
  33. How to be Champion by Sarah Millican finished 21/02/18. Rating: 9/10. A brilliant and funny book from one of my favourite stand up comedians. Basically an auto-biography but with some good tips on ‘being champion’ at the end of each chapter. A really enjoyable, light-hearted read.
  34. Night by Ellie Wiesel finished 19/03/18. Rating: 6/10. This was an interesting book but i wasn’t sure how i felt about it at the end. This was quite a cold account of the holocaust and didn’t really leaving feeling anything in particular – certainly not in the way the fiction books about the holocaust I’ve read have. I’m still glad i read it though.
  35. First Among Equals by Jeffrey Archer finished 19/04/18. Rating: 5/10. Considering I’ve loved all of the other Jeffrey Archer books I’ve read, this book was quite lacking and I wasn’t really a fan. It was all about English politics but didn’t really seem to have a solid plot, it was more just the journey through life of a few characters.
  36. Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh finished 02/05/18. Rating: 7.5/10. I loved the other two books by this author and they were really hard to put down. This one however, took a while to get going and although I enjoyed the book and the twists they certainly didn’t make me gasp in the way her other two books did.
  37. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes finished 30/05/18. Rating: 6.5/10. This is a book that everyone seems to have read and that is the main reason I picked it up. I was pretty disappointed by the ending and should have guessed based on the fact there is a sequel. I’ve been told the film is better than the book so I will look forward to watching that.
  38. The Dry by Jane Harper finished 27/06/18. Rating: 8.5/10. I really enjoyed this book, the description of the setting, Australia during a drought, was incredible and it really felt like you were seeing it with your own eyes. This was a traditional ‘who dunnit’ and I was delighted that I didn’t guess who the killer was until they revealed it in the book. There are actually two murders in this book and this applies to them both. I immediately passed this onto a friend who was looking for something to read.
  39. Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland finished 09/07/18. Rating: 5/10.  I really enjoy watching Louise’s videos on youtube but it took me a while to get her book 9mainly because i was waiting for the paperback version). I’ve not read chick-lit for a long time and this is exactly what this was. It was ok, some interesting elements but overall i wouldn’t recommend this to anyone unless they love that genre of book.
  40. The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz finished 18/07/18. Rating: 7/10. This book had an interest spin in that the main character was the author. I typical ‘who dunnit’ with some interesting twists. I listened to this as an audiobook which was narrated by the author which definitely enhanced the story.
  41. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate finished 30/07/18. Rating: 8/10. This book was written in a style i enjoy – alternating chapters flicked between present day and the past. The story itself pulled on the heartstrings as it is based on true events. I liked mix of family saga and mystery. I know a great many people cried at this book, but it does take a great deal to make me cry when reading a book.
  42. The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks finished 06/08/18. Rating: 9/10. I read this book following a recommendation from a friend – she had just finished it and was desperate to talk to someone about it. I got through this pretty quickly and the ended had me so frustrated. I’ve read Room and The Bunker Diary is a far better book without the ‘Hollywood’ ending. Can’t even think about what i’m going to read next – need some time to digest this.
  43. Now You See Her by Heidi Parks finished 03/09/18. Rating 6.5/10. A very typical suspense book but done well.
  44. Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone by JK Rowling finished 23/09/18. Rating 7.5/10 I’ve seen all of the films many times but never read the books. This was enjoyable but I’m not sure I’ll read the rest. I’m not saying the films are better than the books but having seen them so many times the books just don’t hold the same appeal to me.
  45. The Good Samaritan by John Marr finished 28/09/18. Rating 9/10. This was a brilliant book and the plot kept you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Very twisted and full of suspense – just what you want from this type of book.
  46. This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay finished 05/10/18. Rating 10/10. Probably one of the best non-fiction books I’ve ever read, so much so I’m considering listening to the audiobook just so I can enjoy the book again but in a different format. I’ve recommended this book to a number of people and they have all enjoyed it, plus my own copy got borrowed so many times the last person kept it and bought me a new copy.
  47. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris finished 14/10/18. Rating 8.5/10. I listened to this as an audiobook and found it captivating. The story was both tragic and heart-warming, however the part that got me the most was the section written by the authors son at the end which talked about the life of the characters after the book ended.
  48. Normal People by Sally Rooney finished 25/10/18. Rating 1/10. I read this book as part of my bookclub and it is definitely not one that I enjoyed. I didn’t like the writing style and the lack of quotation marks around the conversational elements made this a very slow book to read. I also do enjoy a good plot and as this was basically an insight into part of the characters’ lives, it didn’t feel like it went anywhere and just sort of stopped at the end. I was the only person at bookclub to not enjoy the book and it has gone on to win a lot of prizes so I’m certainly in the minority with my opinions of this book.
  49. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn finished 28/10/18. Rating 5/10.  A great short book that most certainly left me wanting more at the end. It just stopped and left things on a cliff hanger but I’m certain that is what the author intended.
  50. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness finished 2/11/18. Rating 7/10. Again this was a shorter book about love, loss and hope and it was a thoroughly captivating yet heart-breaking book.
  51. Little by Edward Carey finished 26/11/18. Rating 8/10. Again another book I would never have picked up but this was our November bookclub book. I do love historical fiction however this story is apparently based on the lady who became Madame Tussauds but how much is true I don’t know. The book followed the entire life of the lead character Marie aka Little from the gutters of pre-revolutionary France to the luxury of the Palace of Versailles and everything in between. The fact the book was littered with illustrations was magical and I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
  52. Her Deadly Secret by Chris Curran finished 15/12/18. Rating 6.5/10 (reduced to 4/10). I’ve given this a 6.5 out of 10 based on the star rating I gave it on Goodreads however, I’m struggling to remember much about this book, even having read the synopsis again. Therefore I have reduced the rating and this is given based on the fact I read the book quite quickly and finished it.  
  53. One in a Million by Linsey Kelk finished 12/01/19. Rating 6/10. A light-hearted book based on the world of social media. Fairly predictable but overall an enjoyable read.
  54. Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus finished 26/01/19. I started 2018 reading a book by this author so it felt good to start 2019 in the same way. This is a YA book and this didn’t disappoint. Not the most complex plot but still good.  
  55. Your Turn to Die by Sue Wallman finished 06/02/19. Rating 6/10. Clearly had a bit of a YA period as this is another YA. It had a good twist, was well written and I didn’t see what was coming until it got there. Plus this was a shorter book which was quick to read.
  56. Verity by Colleen Hoover finished 19/02/19. Rating 8/10. I saw a lot of hype about this book and the hype intrigued me. This book had me hooked from the first page and the twist was brilliant. It’s definitely made me want to read more by Colleen as this book was well written and the characters drew you in enough that you cared about what happened to them. Highly recommended.
  57. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn finished 05/03/19. Rating 5/10. This book was kind of ruined for me because I saw the theme of book when I was only part way through and this made it easy to guess what was going on and who ‘did it’. I listened to this as an audiobook and the narrator was good but not the best plot and I didn’t really connect with any of the characters.
  58. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy finished 12/03/19. Rating 7.5/10. This was an enjoyable read but slightly disappointed by the ending as it felt rushed. I really thought there would be at least one more chapter.
  59. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis finished 21/03/19. Rating 6.5/10. Read this for book club and it was interesting. A little religious for my liking but I enjoyed listening to her stories and related to some of the lies. I skipped the 2 chapters about children but hearing about their adoption process was heart-breaking as well as her losing her brother.
  60. The Familiars by Stacey Hollis finished 25/03/19. Rating 8.5/10. Again another bookclub book (I’m in two bookclubs). I thoroughly enjoyed this book and half read, half listened to this book. This book was all about witches and it has made me want to read more books around this topic.
  61. The Goddess Revolution by Mel Wells finished 10/04/19. Rating 7/10. This book was very thought provoking and one I will definitely revisit. I listened to the audiobook and this definitely bought the book to life as it was narrated by the author.
  62. The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau finished 16/04/19. Rating 8/10. Again, this is another book I listened to and enjoyed it. In terms of quests, there wasn’t masses I took away from it, however I thoroughly enjoyed listening to all the quests mentioned in this book and all the people and stories the author talked about.
  63. The Year of Less by Cait Flanders finished 29/04/19. Rating 8.5/10 I really enjoyed this book and found it inspiring and very thought provoking. I’m definitely going to give some of the elements from the book a go and see how I get on. I can see myself listening to this book again somewhere down the line.
  64. We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver finished 03/05/19. Rating 6/10. I listened to this book but didn’t realise until the end that it was actually an abridged version so not the full story. I guess this is why I didn’t find it nearly as impactful as my friend. A good story and I liked the format that it was all letters.
  65. Looking Good Dead by Peter James finished 10/05/19. Rating 7/10. I enjoyed this and the build up in the book was really good. Really got you thinking and trying to connect all the pieces. I kind of wish the end had been a little more drawn out but it was over 500 pages as it was so the ending had to come about the way it did.
  66. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert finished 13/05/19. Rating 5/10. I gave this book a low rating because although it was interesting, there wasn’t a huge amount that I could take away from the book and it wasn’t the most inspiring book I’ve read. I always want a non-fiction book to either tell me things I didn’t know, tell someone’s life story or completely inspire me and this didn’t really hit the mark.
  67. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls finished 19/05/19. Rating 8.5/10. This one should come with a warning as there were some major crying at the end. I hadn’t realised this was first published in 1961. A wonderful story and beautifully written. You took the journey with the characters and felt every bit of it.
  68. The Murder Bag by Tony Parsons finished 24/05/19. Rating 7/10. Again another good crime book where I didn’t guess who had done it however it didn’t have a particularly strong ending so this was a bit of a let-down.
  69. Wilde About The Girl by Louise Pentland finished 03/06/19. Rating 6.5/10. An enjoyable second book in the series.
  70. The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon finished 04/06/19. Rating 6/10. A good book but nothing ground breaking. The ending was cute – typical YA.
  71. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens finished 11/06/19. Rating 9/10. Another audiobook and I flew through this one in a week. I love historical fiction and although this was set in the 1900’s I still consider it historical fiction. A captivating book and I was really invested in what was going to happen to the lead character. Would definitely recommend this.
  72. Unf*ck Yourself by Gary John Bishop finished 16/06/19. Rating 5/10. This was a short non-fiction book and I enjoyed the author as the narrator. Nothing profound in this but fairly enjoyable.
  73. The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary finished 21/06/19. Rating 7/10. I really enjoyed this lighthearted book as it made a nice change from the thrillers and nonfiction I’ve been reading a lot of. This definitely had me laughing out loud in places. Flew through it in 5 days.
  74. Force of Nature by Jane Harper finished 05/07/19. Rating 6.5/10.
  75. The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis finished 06/07/19. Rating 7.5/10.
  76. Dear Mrs Bird by A. J. Pearce finished 09/07/19. Rating 8/10.
  77. Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid finished 19/07/19. Rating 9/10.
  78. The Teacher by Katrina Diamond finished 21/07/19. Rating 7/10.
  79. Bad Sister by Sam Carrington finished 26/07/19. Rating 6/10.
  80. Stop Doing That Shit by Gary John Bishop finished 29/07/19. Rating 4/10.
  81. Wilde Women by Louise Pentland finished 31/07/19. Rating 8.5/10.
  82. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng finished 04/08/19. Rating 4/10.
  83. Girl, Stop Apologising by Rachel Hollis finished 07/08/19. Rating 6/10.
  84. Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough finished 10/08/19. Rating 9.5/10.
  85. My Thoughts Exactly by Lily Allen finished 13/08/19. Rating 6/10.
  86. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid finished 18/08/19. Rating 9.5/10.
  87. The Woman Who Upped and Left by Fiona Gibson finished 25/08/19. Rating 6/10.
  88. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware finished 31 August 2019. Rating 2/10. I listened to the audiobook of this and was so looking forward to it. The audiobook certainly enhanced the creepiness of the book with all the weird sounds however the last 20 minutes of this book completely ruined it for me. I think i would have preferred to have no ending at all than how it finished.
  89. The Wicked Deep by Shea Earnshaw finished 31 August 2019. Rating 6/10. I hadn’t realised this was a YA book but i still enjoyed it. Having read The Familiars earlier this year i’d been keen to read more books that were about witches. This was an interesting concept and had a couple of twists i didn’t expect which i always enjoy.
  90. Hungry for More by Mel Wells finished 3 September. Rating 5/10. Definitely not as good as her first book (there was a lot more humour in that) but an interesting read.
  91. The Secret by Kathryn Hughes finished 6 September 2019. Rating 6/10.
  92. The Slaughter Man by Tony Parsons finished 11 September 2019. Rating 7/10.
  93. Body Positive Power by Megan Jayne Crabbe finished 17 September 2019. Rating 7/10. This was an interesting book and it was really good to hear about the authors perspectives from being both very overweight and very underweight however there were some elements of the book i didn’t agree with. I enjoyed the autobiographical elements more than anything else with this.
  94. Lies, Lies, Lies by Adele Parks finished 26 September 2019. Rating 8/10. I read this as part of the Clare Mackintosh book club and really enjoyed it (i listened to the audiobook). There were a really good number of unexpected twists and it was a brilliant plot. Thoroughly enjoyed this book.
  95. What Happens Next? by Sophie Money-Coutts finished 4 October 2019. Rating 7/10. I went for something a little more lighthearted after having read quite a lot of thrillers and non-fiction. This one hit the mark.
  96. The Apartment by K L Slater finished 10 October 2019. Rating 6/10.
  97. Smoke Gets in your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty finished 20 October 2019. Rating 5/10. This was in the very similar style as the Adam Kay book This is Going to Hurt in that it was just full of someone’s stories about they job they do, in this case working in a crematorium. It was interested but definitely not anywhere near as good as the Adam Kay one.
  98. Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy finished 23 October 2019. Rating 7/10. Very lighthearted and an enjoyable book. I hadn’t realised this was a book where the main character was 12/13 years old but i enjoyed it all the same.
  99. Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay finished 4 November 2019. Rating 3/10. See my review here: Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas
  100. Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid finished 20 November 2019. Rating 7/10. I listened to the audiobook of this and i’m so glad i did as there is no way I’d have kept up with all the characters in the book and how quickly they change who is speaking. The audiobook had a full cast and i thoroughly enjoyed listening. At times it was easy to forget that you were listening to a fictional story and not a real biography.
  101. Shame on You by Amy Heydenrych finished 21 November 2019. Rating 8/10. This felt such a relevant book for the time we live in and how much people are on social media and how much they are influenced by those on social media. This is a book i would highly recommend to anyone who puts themselves out into the world via social media. Brilliant twists and turns and a really good book.
  102. You Sent Me a Letter by Lucy Dawson finished 1 December 2019. Rating 8/10. Another book with some brilliant twists and plot changes. There are parts that feel a little more lighthearted so i wouldn’t describe this as a true thriller but still a great book – i listened to the audiobook of this.
  103. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware finished 7 December. Rating 9/10. After the utter disappointment of the last Ruth Ware book i read (The Turn of the Key), my faith was restored as this was a brilliant book. It felt like a modern day Agatha Christie book and had me hooked from the start. And thankfully the ending did not disappoint. I would highly recommend this.
  104. Before and After by Lisa Wingate and Judy Christie finished 16 December 2019. Rating 6/10. This is the companion book to Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate which was one of my favourite books of 2018. In listened to the audiobook and hearing all the stories was very interesting but it got a little repetitive towards the end. However it did detail the journey the book took once it came out and how it affected so many people.
  105. The Woman Who Met Her Match by Fiona Gibson finished 20 December 2019. Rating 6.5/10. This is the second Fiona Gibson book i’ve read and they are a nice break from some of the dark thrillers and books full of murder. It was fairly predictable but i liked the message it had about being a strong, older woman.

I’m going to close this list here and start a new one as this list spans three and a half years and i’m going to switch to scoring out of five which is the rating i use on Goodreads, so this will keep things easier.