Jan and Feb Book Reviews

I wanted to challenge myself this year as I always neglect reading. It is one of my favourite things to do and there is nothing better than getting yourself emerged into a good book. I also realised that I spend a lot of my time on trains that are delayed (cheers London North Western, you’re great) and whilst I try to do some uni work, sometimes it gets to 7.30pm, I’m still half an hour away from Northampton and uni coursework is that last thing I want to do so I read then.. I did this a few weeks ago and it has really helped me forget about the 45 minute delay, the stress I had of the day and make my mind healthier – which is something I am trying to do to.  I found the ‘Goodreads’ app and set up my challenge and away I went! This is not sponsored – I just found a good app that keeps track of my books, pages and how much more I have to go to finish my challenge.

Since the start of the year, I’ve read 3 books which for me, is an achievement. I was going to wait and do this review at the end of March, but I want to get into the habit of doing these at the end of every month (January was a fail). Firstly, I read ‘The Couple Next Door’ in 3 days – no joke and it’s gotten me back into reading.

The Couple Next Door – Review *NO SPOILERS*

OH MY GOD THIS BOOK!!!! I have only just started reading thrillers and I am obsessed with them! I got this book when I had a long wait at Euston before my train so I started reading and I could not stop. I read it all the way home, before bed and then all the way back to London a few days later. The twists, the turns, the connections – the way Sharni writes keeps you so involved and in the unknown it is great. The book is about a baby that goes missing whilst the parents are at a dinner party next door and its the quest to find the baby, and the kidnapper. 10/10

This Must Be The Place – Review *NO SPOILERS*

I have been eyeing up this book for ages (mainly because it has a map on the cover!) and when I got the previous book at Euston, I also bought this. My first impressions were not good as I could not understand the storyline or where it was going to go but the first 100 pages or so, are setting the scene and introducing the characters. Eventually, I got into the swing go thins and about halfway through, I read the blurb and things started to make sense. I liked how the book wasn’t an easy ready and it challenged me so much. 9/10

Holding up the Universe – Review *NO SPOILERS*

I loved ‘All the Bright Places’ so I had to buy Jennifer’s next book and it did not disappoint. I love how she incorporates mental health issues and daily struggles of teenagers into a great storyline that flicks between two main characters. 9/10

Next on my reading list:

  1. If ever I fall (S.D. Robertson)
  2. Some Kind of Wonderful (Giovanna Fletcher)
  3. Miss Mary’s Book of Dreams (Sophie Nicholls)

What are you currently reading?

Liz xx

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27 thoughts on “Jan and Feb Book Reviews

  1. foundationsandfairytales says:

    I’m currently reading ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ I absolutely loved ‘Holding up the Universe’ and I am loving thrillers at the minute too so I need to give ‘The Couple Next Door’ a try! This was a great post, really short but insightful reviews!

    Jess xx

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  2. Tabitha says:

    I haven’t read any of these books but I really want to try reading more crime books! The couple next door sounds really good.
    I have holding up the universe on my bookshelf and I also got all the bright places out at the library the other day so I’m definitely going to read some of Jennifer Niven’s books soon!
    I have just added you on Goodreads too, I think it’s such a great app when it comes to tracking your reading!

    Tabitha x

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    • Liz Brannan says:

      It’s a really good one that isn’t too deep but still gives you the thrill! Ooh I’ve never heard of Tim so I will 100% be looking into his books! Thank you for commenting ☺️x


  3. Tasha Louise says:

    I loved the couple next door, I thought it was really good. Some other good thrillers I’ve read are Behind Closed Doors by B A Paris and I Let You Go by Claire Mackintosh! Just finished reading The Man who didn’t Call and loved it. Not a thriller but some really good twists!

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  4. thewriteblogweb says:

    These look amazing! I actually remember picking up that first one in Waterstones and really wanting to read it but I was broke at the time 😦

    I am currently reading How to stop time by Matt Haig and, so far, so good! I would recommend!

    Meg | the-WriteBlog.blogspot.co.uk

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    • Liz Brannan says:

      I’d definitely recommend and if you’re back home over summer, I can lend it you if you wanted! I’ve heard about that one, it’s on my list to buy in a couple of months as I have so many unread books on my shelf already! Thank you xxx


  5. sharnahsblog says:

    I LOVED The couple next door! One of my all time favourite thrillers! I am currently reading A Court of Mist and Fury, have you read it? x

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