Today I’m sharing four more mini reviews of books that I’ve read and enjoyed recently!
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo
I have to start by saying that this is the best book I’ve read this year so far; it’s utterly incredible! I put off reading it for a little while as I got it into my head that it was going to be difficult but it really wasn’t. It’s set out in five sections – the first four each have three sections following a different woman and the final section brings everything together. I love how much we learn about each woman and how distinct they are, and I loved discovering how each female in the group of three were connected. There is so much to learn about these woman and every single one was fascinating and believable. I got absorbed in each individual’s story and the novel as a whole, it’s such a brilliant and beautiful book and is one I will definitely re-read in the future. In fact I already want to go back and read it again now and I rarely feel like that on finishing a book. If you haven’t already read this one then I urge you to pick it up soon.
Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain
I’ve read and enjoyed quite a few Diane Chamberlain novels over the years but I think this one is my new favourite of hers. I’ve been in a reading slump in recent weeks but this book grabbed my attention from the first chapter and I got swept up in this story. The novel follows two women in two different timelines and we gradually learn each of their stories. Often in a novel with two timelines I feel more invested in one than the other but this book had me equally gripped by both, the pacing is perfect and each story is gripping. I loved leaning about Anna, a young artist in the 1940s who moves to a small town to paint a mural after winning a contest. She has to battle prejudice from being female, and the way the locals think she’s ousted their entrant in the contest. In the present day Morgan is released from prison early in order to restore a mural, even though she knows very little about art restoration. This was such a good read and I definitely recommend it.
Made to be Broken by Rebecca Bradley
I read and loved the first book in this series, Shallow Waters, when it was first released so I’m kicking myself that it’s taken me so long to pick up the second book. I’m really glad I finally did though because this book is every bit as good as the first. We follow Detective Hannah Robbins and her team again as they’re still coming to terms with what happened in Shallow Waters and now there is a serial killer on their patch. The novel also gives us the perspective of the killer which really adds to the tension and gives insight into what is going on. I found the plot of this book to be really refreshing – both the motive for the killings and the way the murders were carried out was different to other crime thrillers I’ve read before. I highly recommend this book and I can’t wait to start reading book three!
An Almost Zero Waste Life by Megan Weldon
This is a beautifully produced book that gives ideas about how to move towards a zero waste life. It’s aimed at ordinary people living in ordinary homes so you don’t need to have a huge garden in order to start following some of the suggestions in this book, which I really appreciated. There are a lot of pretty illustrations throughout the book, which makes you keen to keep picking this book up and reading a bit more, it didn’t feel like I was being lectured at any point. I did know a fair bit of what was in this book already but this book made for a really good motivator and a reminder that I need to be aware of what I bring into my home and how I dispose of rubbish. I’d recommend this one to anyone who wants to learn more about living a zero waste life!
20 thoughts on “Mini Book Reviews: Girl, Woman, Other | Made to be Broken | Big Lies in a Small Town | An Almost Zero Waste Life”
Great list of books! I’ve been wondering if I should buy Girl, Woman, Other or borrow it from the library. I’m not sure if it is really my thing or not, but from your thoughts it sounds amazing! I’ve also been really into minimalism this year, so the book about zero waste living sounds perfect ❤
Girl, Woman, Other is amazing, I still keep thinking about it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did when you get to it. I thought it might be hard to read because of how it’s written but it really wasn’t.
So glad you loved GWO, it’s such an amazing book. The Zero Waste book looks interesting and the Diane Chamberlain one has a great premise and I will pick it up if I see it (except I don’t get to tour the charity shops any more and that makes me really sad!).
GWO was incredible, I still keep thinking about it. It’s really sad that the charity shops aren’t open, I wonder how long it’ll be before they’re able to.
Tempted by the zero waste book as I really am trying to cut down what I dispose of, but it’s hard when everything comes from the big shops swathed in plastic….
It was a good beginner book, and a helpful reminder to think about what you bring into the house. It is hard when so much is packaged in plastic but I think that any changes we can make are better than nothing. Big business could definitely be doing a lot more.
So glad like Rebecca Bradley’s work, Hayley. I think she’s awfully talented, and I like her characters a lot. She knows how to build suspense, too. All in all, some good reading for you!
She’s a very talented writer and I very much enjoyed this book. I’ll definitely be reading the rest of this series soon.
I loved Big :Lies in a Small Town…and love the look of Girl, Woman, Other. Thanks for sharing!
Big Lies in a Small Town was so good, I think it might be my favourite Diane Chamberlain book now. 🙂
Fab reviews xx
Thank you x
Wonderful reviews! I’m happy to hear you enjoyed Big Lies In A Small Town too. xx
It was such a good read, I loved it. 🙂 xx
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Wonderful reviews Hayley. I am loving these simple mini-reviews, they tell me just enough to pique my interest. The only one I have read is Big Lies in a Small Town and I loved it. I will be checking out the others.
Thank you so much, I really appreciate you saying that. I worry that they’re too short so it’s good to know they pique your interest. 🙂
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