Today I am going to be sharing with you the books which I have managed to read this month. Again there is a fair few due to the fact that we are still in lockdown. I have been making the most of it by sitting in the garden and reading. I have found this relaxing and something which keeps me at home. Anyway on to the books which I have read this month and there is a number of them. If you have not seen previous ones you can read the books I have in January, February March and April.
Pillow Talk By Freya North 2/5 Stars
Plot– They were high-school sweethearts who hadn’t seen each other for seventeen years. And suddenly they’re in front of each other – in a tiny sweet shop in the middle of nowhere. Neither can quite believe it. These days, Petra works in London as a jeweller while Arlo has left his rock-and-roll lifestyle in North Yorkshire. Out of the blue, their paths have just crossed. But for first love to have a second chance both must put their pasts to bed. However, there are skeletons in Arlo’s closet which keep him up at night. And just what is it that causes Petra to sleepwalk?
My Thoughts– I thought that this book was super slow I felt like I got half way through before I met the characters properly. It seemed very long winded which was not something which I love for sure this could have been done in a fraction of the time. I feel like you could easily predict what was going to happen in this book. There is a lot of describing of gems and music which kind of lost my interest slightly too. This is not the worst book I have read it was ok if you want something simple which seems to take a while to get in going. I wouldn’t recommend to my friends overall because there are better romantic books out there.
Diva By Carrie Duffy 4/5 Stars
Plot– Stunning and sexy, Dionne Summers is a girl who speaks her mind. Brought up on the mean streets of Detroit, she is determined that nothing will stop her from becoming the world’s next supermodel. Beautiful and innocent, Alyson McIntyre is desperate to escape her upbringing. She decides it is time to take hold of her life and follow her dreams. Heading to the chic streets of Paris, the girls move in with a maverick young designer, Ce Ce Bouvier. Born to a life of luxury and glamour, Ce Ce is determined to stand on her own two feet and take the fashion world by storm. The girls vow to make it to the top, but their friendship is about to be tested to the limits when deception, betrayal and tragedy are played out in the glare of the paparazzi flashbulbs. Can the three girls overcome the ghosts of the past – or will the catwalk consume them?
My Thoughts- This would be a great beach read. The three characters were well developed even though at stages there were times where I thought well this wouldn’t happen normally in real life. The transformation of the girls did not seem that believable. I did feel like we got to know some characters within the three girls a lot better than we got to know other charcaters this could have just been me. It almost was like seemed like some of the characters in this book almost got forgotten about. I would recommend this book if you are looking for an easy to read. For sure I will be keeping an eye out for more books by Carrie Duffy.
The Third Time He Left Me By Sarah Harris 2/5 Stars
Plot- Charlie’s departure marks the end of Lucy’s wonderful life. The one that was supposed to be her reward for being a good girl and always playing by the rules. But what has she really lost – was the idyll all that it appeared? Her gorgeous husband is in fact an irresponsible layabout who leaves because he can’t handle the responsibility of a second child. Her glamorous career as a newspaper columnist takes places in the vituperative atmosphere of a struggling local rag where enemies behave like friends and friends can’t be counted on. But still, it’s everything Lucy thought she wanted and now she’s losing it. Suddenly the rules have changed, and she’s got to learn them all over again if she wants to hang on. Although with the help of North London’s most handsome and eccentric nanny, and an old friend who’s seizing the chance to be upgraded into a lover. She begins to think that it won’t that hard after all. Soon, things are going to be perfect again. Well, as perfect as they were before, anyway…
My Thoughts- This was not the greatest book which has ever been written in my opinion. For some reason I felt like I could not connect with any of the characters within the book. They all seemed a bit half baked not properly developed. I thought that Lucy should just move on and get on with her life instead of feeling sorry for herself .She almost came across as whining annoying person. This after all is just my opinion I would not really recommend this book.This has not made me want to read any more books by Sarah Harris.
Why Mummy Drinks by Gill Sims 4/5 Stars
Plot– Boy Child Peter, Girl Child Jane and Daddy have exciting adventures with Mummy. Daddy likes gadgets. Peter and Jane like starting fires, trying to kill each other and driving Mummy to drink. Written from the point of view of an exhausted mummy at the end of the day, it’s honest, it’s funny, and it’s a little bit sweary.
My Thoughts- This book is actually a comical look into a middle class family. This is really well written in a diary enter form I always wanted to know what was going to happen to the family. There was periods where this book had me laughing out loud. I thought that it was super relatable actually. More so the part where she states everyone thinks that she has it all together however, she doesn’t and she believes there perfect. For sure I would recommend this book to any parent. I have even purchased a copy of this book for my mum in the past.
The Unmumsy Mum 4/5 Stars
Plot– The Unmumsy Mum writes candidly about motherhood like it really is: the messy, maddening, hilarious reality. How there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach and how it is sometimes absolutely fine to not know what you are doing. The lessons she’s learnt while grappling with two small boys. From birth to teething, 3am night feeds to toddler tantrums, soft play to toilet training. This will have you roaring with laughter and taking great comfort in the fact that it’s definitely not just you…
My Thoughts- This was another book which had me in stitches because I could relate to so much of it. It shows that parenting isn’t always rainbows and sunshine which is what we are made to think that it is. For sure it is not and I have experienced this with both of my children. I can see how some people feel like she comes across as ungrateful for her two children. She will frequently call them arseholes this could annoy some people.
The Unmumsy Mum Diary by The Unmumsy Mum 4/5 Stars
Plot- In The Unmumsy Mum Diary Sarah shares with us a year in her life as a mum, wife, blogger and bestselling author. With her trademark candour and wit, she documents the good days and the bad days, the giggles and the tantrums. She’ll also share poignant, life-changing moments from her year, such as her older son heading off through the school gates for the first time.
My Thoughts– I read this one straight after the first book since I had them both I thought I might as well. This one again was so easy to actually read it made me laugh. In this diary it is when her eldest son Henry is about to start school and this is a situation this is a great book. This is a situation we can relate to because we are in this position currently with Jess. There is so many stories which the majority of parents will be able to relate to. I would recommend reading this book if you are a parent for sure it will make you laugh.
What books have you managed to read this month? I couldn’t believe that I managed to get so many read during this month it is one of the most I have ever read. I can’t wait to see which books I end up reading in the next month.