Beth’s Book Club: What’s Currently On My Reading List?

Beth’s Book Club: What’s Currently On My Reading List?

Happy Thursday!

I’ve always been an avid reader. I love diving into a new book, and find it keeps me relaxed and calm (and occupied on the tube to work!). I live quite a busy life, so its nice to escape from that sometimes – and there is no better way to escape for an hour than inside a good book!

I’m keen to share my thoughts on books I’ve read, but also those books that I’m looking forward to reading (it might give you an idea of what you’d like to start reading too – choosing a book can be so hard!). So here is a list of the books currently on my reading list, with some descriptions for you!

1. CURRENTLY READING: Origin, Dan Brown

I am a huge Dan Brown fan. I find his books captivating! His writing style keeps you hooked and the storylines are always so intriguing and clever. I am about half way through at the moment and CANNOT put it down.

Whats it about?…

Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major scientific announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” As the event begins, Langdon and hundreds of guests find themselves captivated by the presentation, which Langdon realises will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. The evening erupts into chaos, and Langdon is sent on yet another quest through religion to find out more than he ever thought he would. 

As I said, I am HOOKED so far – so cannot wait to see how the book ends!

2. Becoming, Michelle Obama

I HAVE HEARD SO MANY GOOD THINGS! I have just bought this book and downloaded to my Kindle ready to read once I’ve finished with Dan Brown, and I can’t wait! I have been so inspired by Michelle Obama and what she has achieved, so as soon as she released this book I knew I just had to read it.

Whats it about?…

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. A powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, she has dramatically changed the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and stood with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her – from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. 

3. Dear Mrs Bird, AJ Pearce

I found this book simply through word of mouth and hearing other people talk about it on social media. This is AJ Pearce’s first novel, and I’ve heard that it is full of charm, character, wit and laughs – something that I definitely think I’ll fall in love with. This book is firmly on my reading list and won’t be moving!

Whats it about?…

London, 1941. Amid the falling bombs Emmeline Lake dreams of becoming a fearless Lady War Correspondent. Unfortunately, Emmy instead finds herself employed as a typist for the formidable Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt at Woman’s Friend magazine. Mrs Bird refuses to read, let alone answer, letters containing any form of Unpleasantness, and definitely not those from the lovelorn, grief-stricken or morally conflicted. But the thought of these desperate women waiting for an answer at this most desperate of times becomes impossible for Emmy to ignore. She decides she simply must help and secretly starts to write back – after all, what harm could that possibly do?

4. The Woman in the Window, A.J. Finn

I normally get my book recommendations from other people, asking around if people have read anything good recently and going from there. However, I saw this book on the shelves in WH Smith and thought I’d look into it a bit more. It was then that I discovered that this was going to be a pretty exciting read.

I enjoy a thriller every now and then (despite being a complete and utter scaredy cat – no shame in admitting that), and this plot sounds gripping. Its a best seller too, which fills me with hope that it is going to be as exciting as it sounds.

Whats it about?…

It’s been ten months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.Anna’s lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family, they are an echo of the life that was once hers. But one evening, a scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something horrifying. Now she must uncover the truth about what really happened. But if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?

5. The Break, Marian Keyes

Ahh, Marian Keyes. One of my all time favourite authors. I find her books funny, emotional, uplifting, sweet, all at the same time! I realised before Christmas that this was one that I hadn’t read, so I thought I’d better put it on my Christmas list and therefore on my reading list. Her books have never disappointed me, and I’m pretty excited to read this one.

Whats it about?…

‘Myself and Hugh . . . We’re taking a break.’

‘A city-with-fancy-food sort of break?’

If only. Amy’s husband Hugh says he isn’t leaving her. He still loves her, he’s just taking a break – from their marriage, their children and, most of all, from their life together. Six months in South-East Asia. And nothing she says can stop him. But when does a break become a break-up? For a lot can happen in six months. And it’s enough to send Amy and her family of gossips, misfits and troublemakers teetering over the edge. When Hugh returns, if he returns, will he be the same man she married? Will Amy be the same woman? Because if Hugh is on a break from their marriage, then isn’t she?

So there you go, thats my current reading list! (Its going to keep me busy for sure!).

If you’ve enjoyed this sort of post do let me know, and please send me any other book recommendations – I LOVE THEM!

Much love,

Beth x


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