Mini Book Reviews: Girl, Woman, Other | Made to be Broken | Big Lies in a Small Town | An Almost Zero Waste Life

Today I’m sharing four more mini reviews of books that I’ve read and enjoyed recently!

 

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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. 

 

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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.

 

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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!

 

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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!

 

 

Stacking the Shelves with a brand new #bookhaul (21 July 2018)!

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality, which is all about sharing the books that you’ve acquired in the past week!

 

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

I somehow missed putting this book in last week’s book haul so I’m adding it on to this one. I’ve already read this book and I loved it – I read it in one sitting and was completely gripped all the way through!

Dead Blind by Rebecca Bradley

I was certain that I’d already bought this book but when I went to look for it on my kindle the other day it wasn’t there. I’ve bought it now though and I can’t wait to read it, I love Rebecca Bradley’s writing.

It Ends With You by S. K. Wright

I requested this one on NetGalley on a whim as I loved the sound of the blurb. I was thrilled to be approved to read it and plan on picking it up very soon.

Open Your Eyes by Paula Daly

I was offered the chance to be on the blog tour for this book and I jumped at the chance as I’m such a huge fan of Paula Daly. I’m already halfway through this book and am hooked!

You Let Me In by Lucy Clarke

I’ve loved all of Lucy Clarke’s novels so when I spotted this new one on NetGalley I immediately downloaded it. I can’t wait to read it!

The Man I Think I Know by Mike Gayle

I used to love Mike Gayle’s novels but haven’t read one in absolutely ages. I saw this new one on Zoe Ball’s book club on Sunday and just had to get hold of a copy. I’m looking forward to reading this!


 

Have you got any new books recently? I’d love to know. Have you read any of the books in my book haul? Are there any that you recommend me getting to sooner rather than later? Feel free to leave a link to your own Stacking the Shelves post in the comments! 🙂

Stacking the Shelves (21 May)

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(Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, which is all about sharing the books that you’ve acquired in the past week – ebooks or physical books, and books you’ve bought or borrowed or received an ARC of.)

This week I’ve bought some new books:

The Trap by Melanie Raabe

I can’t wait to start reading this book, I’ve been so looking forward to its release. I wrote my Book Beginnings post about it yesterday if you’d like to read that post (click here).

Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica

I’ve had this book on pre-order for a while and have been very much looking forward to its release. I hope to read it very soon.

The Last Time We Spoke by Fiona Sussman

I bought this on a whim as I really liked the sound of the synopsis. I’ve never read anything by this author before but I’m looking forward to starting this.

SALE/KINDLE DEAL BOOKS

There’s been some great Kindle deals this week and I picked up a few bargains in that.

The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent & Ros Schwartz

I’ve heard about this book a few times in recent months but haven’t got around to buying it so when I spotted it on Kindle for £2.99 I snapped it up. I can’t wait to read it.

Shame by Melanie Finn

This book has been on my wish list since last summer when it won an award. I actually thought I’d already bought it but when I went to look for it I eventually realised that I hadn’t… so I’ve put that right now.

Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards

I bought this after it showed up on a recommendation on Amazon. I liked the premise and when I saw it was only £1.89 I decided to take a chance on it.

Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

I’ve seen this book around so much since it was released but I’ve had it in my head that it would be to creepy for me so I’ve avoided buying it. After my recent experience of reading another book that I’d put off for the same reason and then found I absolutely loved it (The Ice Twins, you can read my review here) I decided to take a chance on this one too. Hopefully I will find this one to be a compulsive read and can get past my wimpiness!

The Outrun by Amy Liptrot

I saw this was on the short list for the Wellcome prize recently and as I’ve read and enjoyed a couple of other books on the same list I was considering buying it. When it popped up in yesterday’s Kindle Daily Deal I snapped it up. I’m still enjoying reading non-fiction and was looking for something new to read so I don’t think this will be on my TBR for long.


Books I received for review:

Made to be Broken by Rebecca Bradley

Made to be Broken by Rebecca Bradley (via the author)

I read Rebecca Bradley’s brilliant debut novel on the day it was released and I loved it so when I heard that she was writing a second book in the series I knew I’d have to read it. I was thrilled when Rebecca asked me if I’d like to have an early review copy to read and of course I said yes. I plan to read this very soon. I read her first book before I started writing reviews but I can promise that it’s a great read and I highly recommend you read it in advance of this one coming out.

 

Miss You by Kate Eberlen (via NetGalley)

I’ve seen this book mentioned quite a few times on twitter in recent weeks and have been really keen to read it so I was really pleased when my request was approved on NetGalley yesterday. This book’s not out until August so I should really read some other review books first but I’m not sure that I’ll be able to resist it for very long!

With Malice by Eileen Cook (via NetGalley)

I read a review of this on a blog just the other day (I’m so sorry that I can’t find the note where I wrote whose blog it was, if it was you then please tell me and I’ll link to you. I commented on the review so you’ll know if it was you) and liked the sound of it so much that I decided to see if it was on NetGalley, I was happy to find it was and can’t wait to start reading.

All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker (via publisher)

I’ve seen this book talked about on social media for a while now and have been so keen to get a copy of this book. I was offered the chance to review it this week so I jumped at the chance. I plan to start reading this in the next few days.

The Rise and Fall of the Miraculous Vespas by David F. Ross (via TripFiction)

I saw a post on TripFiction about some books they were looking for reviewers for so I signed up and had a look. This one jumped out at me, it sounds like such a good read. It made my day when it arrived with a record to go with the book, and a TripFiction bookmark and notecard. I can’t wait to read this so I’ll hopefully get chance to start it in the next week or so.


 

*Side note*

This week I was thrilled find I was nominated for a Bloggers Bash Award for Best Book Review Blog 2016. I’m listed as Hayley on the nomination form and if you’d like to vote for me I’d be grateful beyond words. I love blogging so much, it’s become such an important part of my life. The post with the links for all the voting categories is here: Bloggers Bash Awards Voting Page

 


 

So, that’s all of my new books from the past week. Have you bought any new books recently? Tell me all in the comments below, or if you have a stacking the shelves post on your blog feel free to post the link below too.:)

My weekly wrap up post will be on my blog tomorrow so please look out for that.