Hello and welcome to my last ‘Five Books I’ve Recently Read’ post. I managed to reach 78 books for year in 2020, and this post features two books I’ve read in 2021.
Going forward, I’ll be posting monthly round-ups of my books to keep things a little easier. You can read all the books I read in December 2020, my anticipated reads for 2021 and every book I read in 2020.
Enjoy the round-up of my most recent five books and I’ll see you in February when I round-up my January books!
1. VOX by Christina Dalcher
Hmm, I don’t really know how to feel about this one. The premise of the book was very good but I don’t think it was great.
It seemed to become a little confusing with the different characters, who was who, what was happening and why. I think it could have been told really well if there was less technical and scientific parts to it, but it was a good read all the same.
I can see this one being made into a movie very soon!
2. This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens
A very cute book to round off the year. This Time Next Year is definitely one to snuggle up with over the Christmas holidays. It’s a book I can see being adapted into a movie; think The Holiday or Me Before You – very cute and very romcom.
The book follows Minnie Cooper (yes, really) who was born on New Year’s Day and believes the day brings her bad luck every year. Minnie happens to bump into her birth twin – someone who was born on the same day just a minute before, who also stole her name. A great romance novel.
3. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
We Were Liars was a short read in just over one day. I had seen it recommended on Beth Sandland’s Bookclub Instagram so bought it to check it out for myself.
A young adult/teen book which was different for me but it was so beautifully written, almost poetic. The story ended with a great twist and was told brilliantly. I would definitely recommend reading this, but it probably won’t take you long.
4. How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
I really enjoyed the concept of this book and at times wished the character really had known Shakespeare and met F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda.
I just don’t think the ending of the book was the best and didn’t build to the climax I was expecting. It was interesting to read about the different eras and about old London, which makes me want to read more historical books rather than so much modern fiction.
5. Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey
Alright, alright, alright. I was already obsessed with Matthew McConaughey, but now even more so. What a book.
Greenlights is a memoir and also, isn’t. It details McConaughey’s life, from growing up, his family life, his travels around the world, his acting career and his wife and children. It also reveals everything that life has taught him and what he can pass on from the most important moments of his life.
The book also features a lot of McConaughey’s writings and poetry, musings and words of wisdom. There is a lot to learn in this book and a lot to think about. One thing all of us can take away is that live is for livin, not just existing. You’ll know why I left off the ‘g’ when you read his book.