8 Jun 2015

I feel like reaching the tenth Recently Read post is such a milestone but then I realise how long I've actually been writing these and realise how little I actually read for a massive book reader. This Recently Read includes some great books this time! 

Finding Audrey // Sophie Kinsella* 
I have already reviewed this book in full here so I hope you liked it as much as I enjoyed this book. Firstly, how beautiful is this hardback! I'm not much of a hardback fan due to the cost but I may be converted after seeing the beauty of this one! The greatness of the cover definitely reflects the inside content and I think it tackles topics of anxiety and gaming addiction beautifully and the way Audrey's family was shown in the book, I really liked as it was fairly relate able. I loved the different aspect the book brought with the scripts of Audrey's filming and the humour through out also contributed to making this a really enjoyable and quick read. If you want to hear more of my thoughts, I suggest checking out my full review-don't worry there's no real spoilers!

All The Bright Places // Jennifer Niven 
I'll admit it, I didn't expect good things from this book as books I've previously read that cover topics of depression and suicide have always left me feeling unsatisfied as I've thought they've not tackled the topic well. Because of this, the first 100 pages, I was very picky and cynical about the characters especially Violet who I thought would end up just being a spoilt brat and a pain. But as the book went on, I really understood the underlying messages Jennifer was trying to get across with this book and I felt everything worked. The way she portrayed Theodore Finch I loved as well. I read a review that said that the characters were characterized by their illnesses but I really didn't find that to be the case. I haven't cried so much at a book for a very long time so, if you're thinking of picking it up and, unless you don't care at all what anyone thinks, I would refrain from reading the last 100 pages or so in the presence of others. Overall, I really did like this book and the message it brought with it. 

Only We Know // Simon Packham* ★★✰✰✰
This was a book sent to me by Hot Key Books about a girl named Lauren who,due to circumstances, has had to start a new school where she wants to remain unknown and hopes her secret will remain just that. She see's someone she knew but, fortunately, doesn't recognize her. Lauren starts to get notes and "presents" that suggests someone knows her secret. Sadly, I have more negatives with positives. I was able to guess the story line. If you read past recently read posts, you'd know I can guess story lines quite easily and so I can't really comment. Plus, some aspects still took me by surprise. The other negative, for me, was that, while the topics discussed are important in our society, I felt some aspects were portrayed in an extreme way and I think that took away from the premise of the book. I'm trying to keep this spoiler free so if I tell you the topics it will ruin the book but some parts were realistic and relate to problems with teens of today. I also loved the sense of English high school life of today and I felt slightly nostalgic with certain aspects. While I wouldn't rush to purchase this book, the topics are important and if you have the chance to read it, it wouldn't hurt as it's another quick read.

That's another Recently Read and it shouldn't be long before another comes along. I'm thinking about doing more in depth reviews but I'm going to carry on writing up these posts.   
Have you any book recommendations?
Hope you're doing great,
Sarah x

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