I haven’t done a book review on my blog in yonks, despite still being a total bookworm. But now more than ever is the perfect time to get our heads stuck into some new adventures and worlds… Our world feels chaotic, the future feels uncertain and social distancing is slowly driving me & my boyfriend insane, so my current cure for this pandemic anxiety is reading. There’s nothing like another realm to escape to…
Here are a few romantic comedies I’ve divulged in over the past year!
Charlotte Street by Danny Wallace (4/5) – link
My boyfriend recommended me this book and it didn’t disappoint.
Jason Priestly fleetingly bumps into a girl on Charlotte Street, falls in love with her and is accidentally left with her undeveloped disposable camera… Amazing premise, right? If you were in that situation, what would you do? I’d totally get it developed and have a snoop! He goes on a journey to track her down with his best mate Dev which is funny, exciting and heartwarming in places.
I loved it for a couple of reasons; firstly it’s set in my home town of London; Danny Wallace writes about the city so perfectly and I loved when a street or pub I knew was mentioned. Also, a lot of the action is set around Charlotte Street which I visited on a weekly basis at the time of reading it, as it was the road my managements office was on. This was also my first time reading a rom com from a man’s perspective and for that, I really enjoyed it!
In At The Deep End by Kate Davies (3/5) – link
Honestly, I was drawn to this book because of the cover… who doesn’t want to own a book with two chillies on the front depicting female genitalia? This is a book about Julia who hasn’t had sex in years and is looking for love in all the wrong places… specifically, men. After a night at a warehouse party she quickly decides she’s a lesbian, and we follow her through her sexual awakening…
This book hits on so many topics – polyamory, fisting (I learnt LOADS about it from this book haha!), sex clubs, navigating sexuality with families, multiple orgasms and it even features swing dancing which I loved. It’s a quick, easy read although Julia’s character and her decisions did wind me up at points!
Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams (4/5) – link
I really enjoyed this book! I’m already a huge fan of the author Laura having followed her on Instagram for years and her first fiction didn’t disappoint. This is a romantic comedy from two people’s perspectives – Nadia and Daniel.
They get the same London Underground train to work every day, that is, if Nadia wakes up on time. Daniel fancies the hell out of Nadia and places a message for her in a ‘Missed Connection’ advert in the local paper in the hope she’ll see it, they’ll meet and fall in love, except unfortunately things don’t go as planned.
There are a lot of near-misses in this book and I so desperately wanted them to meet and watch their relationship develop… I’m someone who couldn’t watch ‘Kenan and Kel’ growing up as things that go wrong really frustrate me and admittedly got a little disheartened whilst reading this (as I did dating in London when I was single), but I still really enjoyed it none the less!
Flat Share by Beth O Leary (4/5) – link
This might be my favourite book out of the bunch; it really stayed with me after I read it and I loved the concept… two housemates share a flat and a bed despite never actually meeting. Leon works night shifts and has the flat (and bed) to himself during the day whilst Tiffy works, vice versa. They communicate on post it’s around the flat and are complete opposites in personality and style. Tiffy has been through a messy breakup, Leon has a girlfriend and seeing their relationship and intimacy develop without even meeting was heartwarming and a joy to read.
I hope this has given you a couple of options for this lonely, boring period of self isolation we’re currently experiencing. Sending love to you all!