The Three Books I Read During April...

17 May 2020

Back in April I rediscovered my love of reading. Reading is something that I have always loved however last year I barely managed to even pick up a book because I was either working, travelling or just seeing family and friends. It was quite a busy year for me and I think the only book I actually managed to properly read without putting it down and forgetting about it was the brilliant 'Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine' and as you can tell from my use of the word brilliant I enjoyed it A LOT. Obviously this year is a little bit different. I (along with millions of others) have been furloughed from work and we are in quarantine/lockdown which means that I can finally read all the books that I have had on my 'to be read' list for quite some time and let me tell you there is a lot of them. This does mean quite a hefty amazon order was been made so I can read them all and I honestly have no regrets. Today I thought I would tell you all about the three books I read more towards the end of April. Enjoy!

Blood Runs Cold by Alex Barclay 

Genre - Thriller 

Rating - 3.5/4 Stars 

Thrillers are not normally something I pick up. Yes I will proudly admit that I am the girl who loves a good chick lit/rom com book. ;I had this book sitting beside my bed in a pile which I believe a friend sent me when she was getting rid of some books last year and I really enjoyed it. It had me totally hooked all the way through. 

The story follows FBI Special Agent Ren Bryce as she tries to get to the bottom of what happened to her colleague FBI Agent Jean Transom. I don't want to give too much away but I was gripped from the very first page. Ren Bryce has to go through numerous challenges before she gets to the bottom of what happened to her colleague. One of my main criticisms of the book is I feel it goes off track a little bit. You're waiting and waiting and waiting to see what happens to Jean but very often there's another mystery that needs to be solved which definitely confused me at times and is why I leaned more to the 3 star rating but at the end of the book it all comes together quite nicely which made my overall rating 4 stars as it definitely had me gripped all the way through.

I would say this book is either a love it or hate it book. You're either enjoy all the challenges Ren Bryce faces or you'll find it totally confusing. I was definitely a bit of both but I still enjoyed reading it. I wouldn't say it's one I'd pick up again in the future though.

The One We Fell In Loved With - Paige Toon 

Genre - Chick Lit 

Rating - 5 Stars 

Paige Toon (along with Lindsey Kelk) is fast becoming one of my favourite ever authors. I won't deny the fact that chick lit/rom com etc is probably my favourite genre of book to read because I find they are always so light hearted, funny and just make you feel so good and uplifted when you finish reading it. The One We Fell In Love With was my third read by Paige Toon and it didn't disappoint. I've had this sitting on my bookshelf from quite sometime as the title just made me think it was a bit corny and honestly I couldn't have been more wrong. 

The story follows the stories of triplets; Phoebe, Eliza and Rose and of course Angus, the one they all fell in love with. First of all I absolutely loved the fact it was about triplets, secondly I loved that you got to know all three of the girls so well throughout the book as the story is told through the eyes of all three of them and thirdly I loved that the story was told in three different parts but not in the way you may be thinking. 

I felt like I really connected and fell in love with all three of the girls. One in particular may be harder to connect with than the others but you'll understand why as you read it. There is also a major twist in the book which I missed at first and definitely had to go back to read it. It blew my mind how quickly the tone of the story changed. 

I won't lie I wasn't really that interested in Angus to be honest I was more focused on the girls and their lives rather than how he fit into their life if that makes sense. He is probably my least favourite character in the book. The book honestly took me on an emotional rollercoaster and I was blubbering like a child by the end of it as I found it utterly amazing and the way everything just came together for everyone was just so beautifully done. I would highly recommend this book as it is definitely one I will read over and over again because it's utterly brilliant.

A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman 

Genre - Fiction 

Rating - 5 Stars 

I stumbled across this book when I joined the lovely Beth Sandland's bookclub at the beginning of April and after seeing so many reviews I knew it was something I had to read and I am so glad I did. It is just so different from anything I would have ever chosen to read before and I fell in love with it. 

The story follows 59 year old Ove and the challenges he faces when a new family move into the neighbourhood. Ove is very old fashioned, likes this a certain way and absolutely hates changes. He is extremely grumpy but oh so lovable at the same time. He doesn't like cats, constant chatter OR people who buy the wrong type of car. Frustrating? Most definitely. 

The book is told through the present day and also delves back to Ove's past and we get to see the things that make him the way he is in the present day. It is a book that will take some time getting into as it is a really slow burner but the one thing that kept me going is the style of writing and how it made me laugh out loud in certain parts. It is just a brilliant book and the more I read it the more I fell in love with Ove. On the blurb at the back of the book it says that 'In the will see, there is something about Ove that is quite irresistible...' and to that I absolutely agree.

If you're interested I know there is a film based on the book and I have only watched the trailer so far but it looks utterly brilliant so maybe worth checking out. I do believe it is a Swedish film but it has subtitles obviously so don't let this put you off. It's such a beautiful story.

So there are just three books that I read and enjoyed throughout April. I've decided to do this type of blog post every month as I have really enjoyed writing this post and I have absolutely loved picking up a book and reading it every day. Definitely stay tuned for next month's post because it will definitely be an interesting one. It's currently middle of May and I have already read 6 books and I am currently reading my seventh...woops. I am absolutely loving it though and I can't wait to discover more books this year. If you have any recommendations then be sure to leave them in the comments section below or tweet me at @__fleurdanielle. 

What books have you been loving throughout April/so far in May?
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Fleur xo

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