I have well and truly got my reading bug back and I couldn’t be happier about it! Podcasts took over my life a little last year which meant the amount of books I managed to read in 2017 was embarrassing, but I think I’ve beat that number already this year and it’s only just turned March!
I would like to express my love for books a little more on my blog & YouTube channel and so I’m starting a new series where I do a mini review of each one I’ve read… First up are the four books I read in January (sorry this is a little bit late)!
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Wow, wow. I just adored this book so much. I was hooked from the first page and although I didn’t fall massively in love with the characters, I loved the concept of the story & felt genuinely scared in some parts (something I haven’t massively experienced in books before)! Best of all, it’s currently being made into a Netflix film and so I’d highly recommend reading it before that premiers this year if you can!
The book is almost dystopian, set in a near future where news reports take over of a condition that’s sweeping the world, where people are being driven to violence and then suicide. Without giving too much away, ‘Something’ is out there and it’s soon learnt that if you look at ‘it’, you will then destroy yourself.
The book follows Malorie, a 20 something year old living in America with her sister, who begins to live a blindfolded life in order to survive. The book switches between present (Malorie living with her two children alone in a house) and the past (how the world changed and how she ended up there).
The story is quite graphic in parts but being a lover of all things gruseome, I really enjoyed the morbid details. I’d describe this as a pyschological thriller – just great! If you’ve read this – let me know! I’d love to discuss it with you (via Twitter or Insta DMs)!
99 Red Balloons by Elizabeth Carpenter
Another psychological thriller and the first book I read of the year. Although easy to read, I didn’t enjoy it hugely, I just didn’t feel any electricity or a real spark from it.
It’s based around the disappearance of 8 year old Grace who goes missing from a sweetshop on the way home from school. The main bulk of the story is told by Emma, Grace’s aunt, who it seems is hiding a few things herself.
It’s told from various perspectives which I always enjoy but I didn’t particularly ‘feel’ for any of the characters (apart from the small part of Jim!) and I also thought it was a little far fetched in places. It’s a good debut novel but not my favourite book!
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
I was recommended this book by a few different friends and so downloaded it onto my kindle straight away and it was love from the first page.
I could immediately relate the Eleanor in a number of ways; our age, our routines (apart from the vodka!) and the loneliess at times and I developed a real soft spot for her. There were times when she pissed me off, but also times where she made me laugh out loud and also, there was a big chunk of this book that had me sobbing hopelessly into the pages (the kind of sob where your heart aches).
I would recommend this to anyone!
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
I chose to read this after seeing it on a ‘best gothic horror novels’ list – anything scary or described as horror has my immediate attention. Shortly after starting it, I realised I had actually seen the 1998 film based on this book (The Haunting with Catherine Zeta Jones and Owen Wilson; a film which absolutely terrified me growing up).
The book is about the 80 year old haunted mansion Hill House – a paranormal investigator Dr John Montague chooses a selection of people to join him for a three month stay in the house to investigate the supernatural. This includes Eleanor (a hopeless romantic who has previously experienced poltergeist activity), Theodora (a super confident, spell bounding artist) and Luke (who’s family own the house).
I won’t give too much away but they experience some paranormal activity (one particular scene left me feeling really on edge!) but I had such high hopes on how more scary it would be because of the film and was disappointed by the short ending! Still, a good read!
I have already read 3 more books since writing this post so do expect another book review very soon! I’d love to know if you enjoyed this post and if you would like to see more like this in the future! Do let me know in the comments below!
If you’d like to watch the video to go along side this post, it’s here!
Do you have any book recommendations for me?
Lot’s of love, Katie xx