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Well, it’s time again for another monthly book round up, so without further ado here’s a look at what I’ve read this month and what I’m currently reading.
My One True North – Milly Johnson
What a beautiful book. I believe this is the first book by Milly Johnson that I have read, and I enjoyed it so much I without a doubt will be reading more of her work – potentially every single book she has put out. I look forward to it.
‘My One True North’ is a touching romance novel which covers the topic of grief. Laurie and Pete have both lost their partners, and the book follows them as they navigate the grieving process and join a grief support group. This therefore naturally makes the book very emotional and hard hitting, yet it has such light hearted moments and beauty, it truly is a masterpiece.
I love the Spiritual side to this book, the way fate takes its hand and *spoiler alert* the beautiful ending. Whilst I knew the ‘big secret’ from the start (it’s pretty obvious in my opinion, I’m sure we are meant to know), it was so exciting to read on and see how the story unfolds in the life of the characters. I knew, but it was gripping to read on to wait until the characters knew, you know?
I loved the personal growth the characters experienced in this story, the journey they took, the love, the friendship, the support. Milly has written a fantastic novel and whilst emotional, I do think this is such a beautiful read.
I’d rate it a 4.5 out of 5.
Our Stop – Laura Jane Williams
The more I think about it, the more I like this book. This was an enjoyable and entertaining read with two very likeable leads, especially Daniel whose character I loved. Where can I get me a Daniel please? ‘Our Stop’ is definitely a page turner, and it’s entertaining with lots of fun plot twists plus the book has great subplots and important topics discussed which I really liked. I also enjoyed the character development in this book and the friendships, though I do wish there was a little more to the female friendships. You know, like their whole system didn’t just rely on them talking about dating etc but I do get that it’s a romance novel so I guess you can’t have it all. I think the main thing that bothered me was the fact that Nadia seems to use one girl for friendship having not spoken to her in years, because her other friends seem to have bailed on her and she doesn’t have a partner. Then at the end of the book when everything’s right as rain again, and Nadia’s back with her bff’s and a boyfriend, this old school friend Nadia refers to as one of her closest friends all of a sudden is no longer mentioned. I would have liked if she was mentioned a little more. HOWEVER, overall the book was a really enjoyable read, but trigger warning!! It does talk about grief ❤️ so it was definitely an emotional read at times.
I also felt like sometimes the storyline dragged out a little too much with the whole ‘soulmates keep missing each other’ storyline, even though I know that was the whole point of the book I almost wish Nadia and Daniel (the soulmates) had met slightly earlier on and maybe we could have explored their actual relationship a little bit more… I still like the way the book played out though, and I love how the book included a relationship plot twist which I won’t talk about because I don’t want to give the whole thing away ahaha, but yeah, overall a sweet book which I’d rate 3.5 – 4 out of 5.
The Starless Sea – Erin Morgenstern
After rereading ‘The Night Circus’ by Erin in April, I was keen to see if she had published any more books as her writing & storytelling is just dreamy. As if by magic, I’d discovered she’d released her latest novel (and I believe only her second), – The Starless Sea – last year so I was very very excited and of course had to treat! This book was enticing and exciting from the start and I am so excited to continue reading. I love this story!
The Little Book Of Mindfulness – Dr Patrizia Collard
This is my morning routine book atm though I’ve actually been slacking lately when it comes to my morning routine and reading a book in the AM. July is the time to get back on that. Anyway, I watched a really cool video this month about how to get the most out of your self-help / Spirituality book reading which you can watch here. This video has inspired me to take notes whilst reading and also listening to podcasts / watching videos etc to really get the most out of them. I look forward to reading more of this mindfulness book, taking notes and doing the practices.
I’m so excited to read more and more over the next month, year, lifetime hehehe. I’m especially excited to finish ‘The Starless Sea’, I just hope the sun comes back out soon so I can have a sunbathe and book day, yes please.
Have you read any of the books mentioned in this list?
What are you currently reading?
What’s next on your tbr pile?
Be sure to let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!
As always thank you so much for reading,
lots of love,