It’s the last day of 2018!
Coffee has been drunk, boxes have been packed, houses have become homes, tears have been shed, and lots and lots of books have been read.
At the start of the year, I joined the Goodreads challenge and promptly forgot about it until the middle of December. Luckily for me, I tend to have at least ten books on my bedside table at any one time, so I picked a stack and got to reading.
Don’t you want to know what I’ve been sinking my literary teeth into?
The Motherhood x Jamila Rizvi: This book is a collection of essays written by Australian mothers as they look back on the first six weeks of their baby’s life. It’s not full of unsolicited advice from Susans who have three perfectly unruly children or think they know their baby better than you do. They’re mothers who are simply saying ‘I see you, I’ve been you, you’re doing fine’. I really enjoyed the idea of the book, but it got a bit same-same after the halfway mark. However, if you’re a new parent and you’re after a feel-good book, this is the one for you!
Big Girl Panties x Stephanie Evanovich: This book is one that I got from the hospice store during one of my lunch breaks. What can I say? I can’t resist the allure of an unread book. This is a typical romance book that would make the perfect girly rom-com film. Girl meets boy, girl works on her ‘problems’, falls for boy, drama ensues, boy realizes he likes girl and they live happily ever after. It’s the perfect book to take to the beach or pack for some light holiday reading, but you’ll definitely know the ending of the book before you get to it.
Think Like An Athlete: 57 Ways to Achieve Your Life Goals x David Nicholson: This is a typical ‘self-help’ book. It takes 57 ideas and breaks them down into bite-sized portions of one or two pages. It’s easy to consume but still drives the message home. My take away from the entire thing? It’s a mental game. You have to be in it to win it. This is another book that you can read in one sitting whilst getting a kick up the ass that you (possibly) need.
The Language of Flowers x Vanessa Diffenbaugh: This was another hospice shop book and one I absolutely fell in love with. Seriously. If you are struggling to find a book to read, chase this one. I have to admit, it is another ‘easy summer read’ sort of book, but it also has a hidden message or two in the pages. It shows us that there will be ups and downs in life, but we will always come out the other side as a better version of ourselves.
One Of Us Will Be Dead By Morning x David Moody: This book was a recommended pick by my local library, so I snatched it off the shelf before anyone else could. Part of me picked up the book because I don’t have many books by male authors, the other part of me picked it up because I was craving a good thriller. This book promised bloodshed – and it delivered. In large quantities. Think ‘zombie apocalypse’ without the zombies and brain-eating. Normal people turn absolutely feral within seconds, children turn into killers, and the utterly barbaric turns into an everyday reality for the people on the island of Skek. This book left me wanting more, so I’ll be keeping an eye out for more of David’s books in the future.
Love May Fail x Matthew Quick: I’m not going to lie, the title paired with the purple cover and dog illustration drew me to this book. I was intrigued about how love could ‘fail’. The cynic in me already knew. The book is split between three characters who all talk about different types of love and how – in various ways – it had failed. It captured my attention for the first third of the book, by the second I was sick of it, and by the last, I was bored. Unfortunately, not a book I would recommend.
The Magic of Motherhood x Ashlee Gadd + Coffee and Crumbs: You guessed it. Another book on parenthood. Yesterday, I wandered through the library and plucked this book off the shelf. Yesterday. I read this book in a few hours. Like The Motherhood, it is a series of essays by people in various stages of motherhood. It showcases the highest of highs, the lowest of lows and everything in-between. It’s a feel-good book that took me back to memories of my newborn and gave me glimpses of what the future will bring. Needless to say, the absolute sap in me loved this book.
…And there you have it! Seven books in two weeks. What. A. Ride.
Here’s hoping 2019 brings more coffee, more laughter, and many, many more books!