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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15 thoughts on “Jan and Feb Book Reviews

  1. Brooke Pearson March 3, 2018 / 6:03 pm

    I loved the couple next door! I also like reading thriller books too, I always get really into them. I love James Patterson books.
    Brooke x

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    • Liz Brannan March 3, 2018 / 6:06 pm

      I couldn’t put it down! I don’t read that many but I’ve read a couple recently and I’m going to try to read more! Ooh I’ve heard of him – need to invest I think! Xx

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    • Liz Brannan March 4, 2018 / 12:21 pm

      Glad you still enjoyed it! Thank you for reading ☺️


  2. foundationsandfairytales March 4, 2018 / 11:24 am

    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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    • Liz Brannan March 4, 2018 / 12:27 pm

      I want to read that next but I’m trying to clear my bookshelf before buying more! Definitely give it a try, I wasn’t keen on thrillers but now I want to read more! Thank you for commenting and reading xx


      • foundationsandfairytales March 4, 2018 / 12:48 pm

        I have so many to read but can’t stop buying! Don’t think I’ll ever finish my TBR pile!! No problem lovely xx

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  3. Just Georgia March 4, 2018 / 6:07 pm

    I bought Holding Up The Universe last year but I’ve still never read it! I feel like I definitely need to now!

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  4. crystalsandcurls March 4, 2018 / 9:54 pm

    I’ve been hearing quite a lot about The Couple Next Door and I love a good thriller (I know it’s cliche but I really recommend Gone Girl) so it sounds right up my alley xx

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    • Liz Brannan March 5, 2018 / 9:08 pm

      I’ve not actually read gone girl so I will put that on my list!! I’d give it a try and I’m sure you’ll love it!xx


  5. Tabitha March 7, 2018 / 4:36 pm

    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 March 8, 2018 / 6:02 pm

      It is really good, it changed my idea on crime/thrillers! You need to read Jennifer’s books, she writes so differently and I love that style. Thanks girl xx


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