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The Reading Nook // Summer Edition

23rd August 2016

Reading Nook

I love reading and swapping book recommendations with friends so I decided to start a new series called ‘The Reading Nook’ where I share  recent books that I’ve read and my thoughts on each. I’m definitely a thriller/mystery lover but always open to a great story regardless of genre. Here are some of my recent summer reads.

The Girls | Emma Cline
The ‘it’ book of the summer, The Girls is a haunting coming-of-age story told through the eyes of 14 year old Evie Boyd.  Set in the late 1960s and inspired by the real life Manson Family murders, we follow Evie as she struggles to find where she belongs and in turn becomes enamored with the care free and wild natured girls of ‘The Farm’. I’ve heard very mixed reviews from friends on this book. For me, I wanted to love it but struggled to become fully immersed in the story.

Big Little Lies | Liane Moriarty
I’m a little late to the party on reading this one but decided to jump on the bandwagon and see what all the hype was about. Big Little Lies is an entertaining black comedy told from the perspective of three mothers. Set in an Australian coastal town, we follow the events that lead up to the death of a fellow parent. In typical ‘whodunnit’ fashion, there’s drama, there’s romance and there’s murder, what more can you want for a summer read? The book has been adapted in to an eight-part HBO series staring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley, which I’m very excited about!

The Butterfly Garden | Dot Hutchinson
I got this book as part of Amazon’s Kindle First (if you’re a Prime member and don’t currently use this service, I thoroughly recommend it!).  The Butterfly Garden is a dark and twisted story about a ‘Gardner’ and his quest to collect and preserve butterflies – young, kidnapped women who he keeps in his greenhouse. If you’re into suspense thrillers then this book is for you, I couldn’t put it down but do be aware that it’s quite disturbing in parts.

Opening Belle | Maureen Sherry
I came across this author and book when a friend invited me to attend a reading with her at our local book store in Hoboken (Little City Books). This semi-fictional story is lightly based on the author’s own experience as a woman working on Wall Street, trying to balance a career and family, and the fight to break through the glass ceiling. The book is an enjoyable read, and has also been picked up by Reese Witherspoon for a movie adaptation.

All Is Not Forgotten | Wendy Walker
Set in small town Connecticut, this psychological thriller tells the story of 16 year old Jenny Kramer and the treatment she receives after a violent sexual attack. In an attempt to erase her memory of the horrific event, Jenny’s parents allow her to be administered a controversial drug but instead of aiding her recovery, Jenny finds it difficult to move on, still feeling the pain but with no recollection of what happened to her. Narrated by Jenny’s psychiatrist we follow his transcripts of unearthing her memories of that night, all whilst the dynamics of other characters unfold. A very graphic attack scene at the beginning but a unique story and a recommended read.

Do you have any must reads from this Summer? I would love to hear from you!

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  • Reply Annie Webster 23rd August 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Have read all of these and such good books!! Some other good holiday reads are Girls on Fire and the Ice Twins xx

  • Reply Lauren Allen 23rd August 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Thanks Annie! I’ll definitely add these to my ‘to read’ list!

  • Reply Brit 23rd August 2016 at 5:08 pm

    La, you should read “Before the Fall” by Noah Hawley – great suspense/thriller novel, takes place in and around NYC. Just finished it and I loved it 😘

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