Saturday, 1 August 2015

Book Club #1

Welcome to my book club!  This is the start of a monthly series, documenting what I have read each month.  I am very excited to start the series, because I don't think I have included much of what I have read on the blog.  Now, that is all about to change..
So here we go...

I hope you will find a book that interests you here.  If you have read any of the books I mention, I would love to hear your opinions on them.   

Bar today's post (because I am late) I will post every segment on the last day of the month.
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Here are this month's reads-

The first book is by Dani Atkins, and is called The Story of Us. 

The story centres around Emma.  She is engaged to her long term boyfriend Richard, but things start to take a different route when she has an accident and Jack enters her life.  Cue jealously and oddly placed feelings in the form of Emma's indecision about who her future lies with. 

The book has some cringe moments, some moments of laughter and those type of situations where you're wishing the main character would be more assertive.  You know like when you're shouting at the television for something to happen? Yeah that.  It is a typical fairy tale love story, with an added dash of illegally placed lust.

It didn't take me long to finish the book, purely because it was so easy to devour and I kept wanting to know what happened next.  Let's liken it to a soap opera and you can get my drift.  I wouldn't say it was fantastic but it was good....and 'good' is not bad.

The third book is Bloodline by Lynda La Plante.

Lynda La Plante is without a doubt my favourite crime author.  I enjoy every one of her books; I like the attention to detail regarding the detective work featured, and find the thrill of catching the bad guy irresistible!  This book is the the seventh in the Anna Travis series.  

For those who are not familiar with the series, Anna Travis is a policewoman who is trying to follow in her late father's footsteps by rising through the ranks of the police force.  Every instalment in her story follows her steps to solve murders and her relationships with other members of the force.
Bloodline is about a man who is reported missing.  DCI Anna Travis, is made to investigate what she thinks is a bog standard missing persons case, but soon realises there is a lot more to the story than just a mans disappearance.  Could this man actually be a killer?

I would recommend you read the series, as opposed to just diving in with book seven.  However, if you are a person who does not care much for reading books in order,  then who am I to dictate what number book you read? 

The second book is The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes.

This is the first Jojo Moyes book I have read.  I picked it up at the bookstore because I wanted something light-hearted and pleasant.  The story follows Jess, a single mum who struggles to make ends meet.  She works two job, and finds herself in an odd predicament with one of her bosses, that takes them on a very random adventure, with the most unlikely outcome.  

The story is quite unconventional.  Parts were ha-ha funny, parts were embarrassing for the main character.  I quite liked the main male character, Jess's boss.  I found him charming and quite appealing.  Their interaction with each other is nothing short of interesting to say the least!

I read the book in 24 hours.  I am not sure if it was because of the simplicity of the story or just because I couldn't put it down...maybe a bit of both.  Neither offensive nor anything to write home about, I would recommend reading if you want some feel-good literature.  

The Street Lawyer by John Grisham

John Grisham is the king of the legal thriller, without a doubt.  The street Lawyer is Michael Brock who works for prestigious law firm Drake and Sweeney.  A random encounter with a homeless man leaves him devastated in a way he could never imagine, and he finds himself digging to find out how the homeless man came to cross his path.  What he finds out leads back to his very own firm.

Although, the book started off alright, for me, it dragged a bit from the middle onwards, but not necessarily in an unacceptable way (maybe I was just impatient to find out what would happen).  I finished it eventually.  I will say that, it was not my favourite of Grisham's novels.

What did you read in the month of July?  Feel free to leave me some recommendations in the comments or tweet me @sporadicunicorn 

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  1. I love Jojo Moyes! All of her books that I've read are great! Really want to read this one now too x

    Hannah |

  2. I love Jojo Moyes! All of her books that I've read are great! Really want to read this one now too x

    Hannah |

  3. What other books of hers would you recommend?

    Thank you for reading! <3


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