Welcome To My Bookshelf | What I’ve Read May 2020 + Currently Reading

Hello, my beautiful friends.

How are YOU today? It’s time for another book post today, gosh, I swear these monthly wrap ups come round so quick, and this month I also did a huge book haul. Another payday has come round, but I think I’m going to try to hold out until next months payday before I buy even more books, so I can truly treasure the ones I have now and do a massive haul again in another few weeks.

Last month I only completed two books which I don’t feel is a lot considering all the time I had on my hands what with lockdown going on, but then again, I was hooked on Jane The Virgin which, I’ve finally finished. A lot of people were shocked at how quickly I had finished the series, but being that we’re in lockdown, I had the time to watch probably 5 episodes a day sometimes. I was well and truly hooked.

Anyway, we’re not talking about my good friend Janey today, so without further ado, let’s jump into what I’ve been reading this month & my thoughts on the books.

Enjoy!


*POTENTIAL SPOILERS THROUGHOUT*

Nine Perfect Strangers – Liane Moriarty

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Nine Perfect Strangers is a … light drama / thriller? Let me go google the genre… okay, it’s classed as a ‘thriller’ and ‘psychological fiction’. Cool. This book is set at a wellness resort, which I like because I kind of picked up a few little tips… it actually inspired me to do one of my first full moon rituals and to eat more mindfully and consciously, so for that I am thankful.

I like this book because it is told from the different points of view of each character, in total around 11 characters. Maybe 12, I can’t remember exactly. 😉 I love a story that’s told from different points of view, this kept the book fresh and entertaining, however, overall I didn’t think this book was that great. Sorry. 😦

The story itself was quite slow paced, it only really felt like things began to happen around 300 pages in, and before that I honestly don’t feel like a lot of suspense built up. Once things did start to happen, it wasn’t even that dramatic. I feel as though the story lacked depth and was quite weak. In a way this is good because as I read the book I grew to love the ‘nine perfect strangers’ – the guests staying at the health resort, so I really didn’t want anything bad to happen to them however, for a thriller novel I just feel there could have been way more dramatics. There really wasn’t a lot going on.

Despite the fact this was quite a slow paced novel and quite anti climatic if I’m honest, I still enjoyed it a little. It’s not the best book I’ve ever read and I wouldn’t rave about it however I did love getting to know the characters and just casually reading along on their journey at Tranquillum House, the wellness resort they were staying in. I think the best thing about this book is how it’s set at a wellness resort, told from multiple different points of view.

Overall I would rate this book a 3 out of 5. It’s an okay read but not one I would immediately rush to recommend to people, you can read it if you like, if not I don’t feel like you’re missing out on much.

This was the first book I read from Liane Moriarty and whilst I didn’t love it, it was still good enough for me to develop an interest in her writing so I’m definitely going to read more from her. After reading this book I bought another of her novels, ‘The Hypnotist’s Love Story’. I’m looking forward to reading this one!

The Path To The Sea – Liz Fenwick

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I really enjoyed this book! A story told from the perspective of three different characters – grandmother, mother and daughter and hopping between two different timelines, the plot was kept interesting though it felt like quite a long read, as the story actually only took place over a couple of days. So for example I was reading, and the daughter ‘Lottie’ mentioned how she’d bumped into someone’s cousin that morning, and in my head I was thinking ‘eh, that was chapters ago and I thought that had happened days ago’ LOL. Like how are these people fitting so much in in one day?!?! It seemed like a lot was going on but I really liked the way this story was told.

There’s mystery and intrigue in this novel and the atmospheric setting is perfect. Set along the Cornish coast, this is the perfect Summer holiday read and I really love how the atmosphere is set in this novel. It really transports you to a different place (unless you’re actually in Cornwall when you’re reading obvs, haha). I love the whole ‘mood’ of this book.

I love the character development in this book and the growth I witnessed, this was an emotional read but so wonderfully written and *SPOILER ALERT*, despite the sorrow along the way, there was still a bitter sweet happy ending and I’m definitely pleased with how the book turned out.

Overall I’d rate this book 4 out 5 stars and if you’re looking for a Summer read with a little mystery, I’d definitely recommend.


Currently Reading

My One True North – Milly Johnson

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I can’t think / type / write the title of this book without thinking briefly of North West, LOL. But anyway, I purchased this book recently when doing my book haul, and oh I’m so happy I did. What a brilliant read, I’m LOVING it so far. I can’t wait for a few days ahead this / next week to delve more into the book and find out where it leads. Fantastic.

Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill (Revised and expanded by Arthur R.Pell)

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I’m still reading this one and really need to make it a daily habit to read this. I’ve been on with it for ages now. It’s such an inspiring read but it is quite slow and long, so it’s not necessarily a book which grabs me or that I feel excited about reading. The more chapters into it though, the more I enjoy it and I’m actually looking forward to picking it up for a read tomorrow morning. Yay.

The Complete Book Of US Presidents – Bill Yenne

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Okay this is the last time I’m mentioning this book until I actually finish it, because I’m probably going to be picking this up for a long time before I actually complete the book. I don’t need to mention it every month, LOL.


Whew. And there you have my monthly books wrap up. SO excited to read more in the coming weeks, it’s truly one of my favourite hobbies.

What are you reading at the moment?

Have you read any of these books mentioned in this post?

What should I add to my tbr pile?

Be sure to let me know all your thoughts in the comments below.

As always thank you so much for reading,

with lots of love light and sunflowers,

Jennie

Read: ‘Welcome To My Bookshelf | Huge Book Haul May 2020’ / ‘Welcome To My Bookshelf | What I’ve Read April 2020 + Currently Reading’

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13 Comments

  1. YES ! I love a good book round up, what an amazing variety of books you got a chance to read! Girl, you really have to pace yourself with Think and Grow Rich, it took me a month to read it and even then I had to go back and highlight different things. I found a audio version on Spotify, so when I was confused I actually found it really helpful to listen to that while I followed along!! When you’re done, you should totally listen to Bob Proctor talk about it, and how it changed his life, he is so cool and I feel like you’d love it!!! Take care my friend, xo.

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    1. Thank you hun! Ahhh I feel like it’s definitely a bible sort of book, gonna have to reskim a few times!! Omg okay thank you SO much for the Bob Proctor recommendation!! Thanks so much for your lovely comment hun ❤️❤️

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  2. Im currently trying to read the master and margarita. And its a disappointment that nine perfect strangers was a miss. I loved BLL on HBO so i was wondering what other books of hers would be good! The idea of differing timelines is soo up my alley, although I’ve never read those types, only TV shows.

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    1. Ooh I haven’t heard of that one! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts once you’ve finished it! I really wish I could see BLL but I can’t get it on my tv subscriptions 😭 gutted!! Well I’ve another one of hers which will hopefully be much better! Ah the differing timelines thing was really cool! Yeah come to think of it I don’t know if I’ve read many actually. Thank you so much for commenting xx

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      1. Ahh see I want to do that but I also want to watch with my Mum so its easier to do on the tv 😂😂 I’m gonna have to look into it! Phenomenal is a big compliment haha so I really need to watch!

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    1. Haha sorry hun! I feel the same, I have so many books on my to buy list and keep adding more! Yeah the first book wasn’t great, but still glad I read it. I liked some aspects haha! Thanks for commenting xx

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    1. It was a fabulous book which I really enjoyed reading, also I guess the word ‘sea’ totally ignited your mermaid heart right? hehe ❤ Hope you enjoy if you read lovely ❤ xx

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  3. I love that there so many different character POVs in Nine Perfect Strangers. I’ll probably not choose that as my first book by the author, though, after reading your review. Thanks for your honesty! & oh my gosh, I thought of North West, too when I first saw that title of the True North book, LOL. Great minds think alike, eh? 😛

    Once again, beautiful, well-thought out reviews, Jennie!! ❤

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  4. the first two look super interesting i might have seen nine perfect strangers before somewhere. was it from you? LOL

    to answer your questions:

    What are you reading at the moment?
    i’m reading The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

    Have you read any of these books mentioned in this post?
    have not read any of the books you mentioned

    What should I add to my tbr pile?
    and to add to your pile….hm…..idk, i really liked reading My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella. It’s based in London and I enjoyed it so much more than I thought at first lol

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