Coincidence is a funny thing. I’d been planning to publish this post today anyway, and then I realised it’s also World Book Day! Every year I set myself a challenge on Goodreads to read more books. Every year I start off strong before failing miserably. For 2018 I decided to set myself a more achievable target of 20 books. That’s an average of less than 2 per month which is definitely doable for me.
I didn’t start the challenge until mid-Feb, so I’ve had to skip January, but otherwise I’ll hopefully be updating you on my progress each month. Now onto the reviews of what I read in February…
The Last Days of Jack Sparks – Jason Arnopp
“Jack Sparks died while writing this book. This is the account of his final days.“
This was recommended to me by my friend Emma, and I’m so glad I gave it a go as it’s one of the best books I’ve read in years! I can’t even compare it to anything I’ve read before, it’s so unique.
Jack Sparks is a controversial journalist, writer & social media personality. This book, ‘Jack Sparks on the Supernatural,’ where he sets out to debunk the world of the supernatural, was the final thing he was working on before he died. Written in the first person, it’s also interspersed with amusing notes from Jack to his editor, e.g. “We might need to remove this part so we don’t get sued!”
Jack’s brother Alistair made the decision to publish the book in it’s raw form so people can read his story. Alistair also provides the occasional commentary throughout the book, confirming or denying whether certain events actually happened, making you question whether Jack was exaggerating or telling the truth…
This is one creepy book, but in a subtle way. There were times where I genuinely had no idea what was going to happen next, and I love a book that keeps me guessing. My only disappointment was I felt the book was leading up to a big “twist” at the end, which never materialised. In spite of this, the ending was still extremely clever and ties the story together beautifully.
After You – Jojo Moyes
“How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?”
Me Before You was one of my favourite books when I read it a few years ago, so I was very excited to read this next instalment from Jojo Moyes. I put off downloading it for a while as I’d read a few negative reviews when it was first released, however in the end I really enjoyed it.
The story picks up around 18 months after the first book ended. Louisa Clark has settled in London and is working a dead-end job at an airport bar, despite her promise to Will to live life to the fullest.
It’s hard to give away much more of the story without spoiling it, but there’s a lot of new character which Lou meets and interacts with (some I liked and some I didn’t!) There’s no denying it’s not as good as the first book, and I think this is mostly because it’s not as emotional. I cried bucket loads at the ending to Me Before You, but with After You I didn’t feel that same response. However it’s a solid sequel and I’m looking forward to reading book 3.
Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty
“That doesn’t sound like a School Trivia Night” –“That sounds like a riot”
I watched and loved the TV series “Big Little Lies” before realising it was based on a book, so I had pretty high expectations before reading this. Luckily it more than lived up to them.
When single mum Jane moves to town, she quickly becomes friends with Madeline and Celeste, who also have children starting their first year at primary school. Madeline is funny and passionate, while Celeste is impossibly beautiful and seems to have the perfect life. However all three women have their own problems to deal with, and not all is as it first appears. When Jane’s son Ziggy is accused of hurting another child, the community becomes divided, secrets are exposed and everything comes to a shocking conclusion at the School Trivia Night.
This may sound like chick-lit, however it’s much darker than this. The plot is so cleverly written, and although I already knew the massive twist that was coming at the end, it definitely didn’t stop me from enjoying it. A must-read! If you haven’t seen the TV series yet then I’d also recommend giving it a watch.
What books have you read recently? Would you recommend them?