Current Reads | Spring 2018

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We’ve both been quite interested in reading books since we were younger but for some reason we’ve never introduced posts about books on our blog until now. Now that the sun has been shining more recently, it’s encouraged us to read more books in our spare time. It may sound strange, but when the weather is gloomy and dull we just want to wrap up and binge watch every season of Ru Paul’s Drag Race for the 10th time. Then out comes the sun and we feel obliged to appreciate every little ray and sit outside with a refreshing drink and a book! Over the past few weeks, we’ve both picked up a few new books to read and we thought we’d share them with you, just in case you’re looking for a new book to read yourself!

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1. Lily and the Octopus
I had been so unsure of whether I should by this book or not after a friend of mine bought it and told me she had been recommended it. From what she had been told, the story sounds quite emotional and I didn’t know if I would ever be mentally prepared to read a book like this… especially since it involves a dog. Eventually I gave in (I guess it’s good for you to have a cry once in a while right?) because I rarely read books like this and I thought it would make a change. I’ve started reading it already and I’m actually hooked! I usually go for books with characters which are at least a tiny bit relatable and often stories with a twist in them. This one is far from that. First of all it’s about a guy in his forties (can’t relate!!) and it’s about his relationship with his dachshund, Lily. From what I’ve read so far he relies on her for companionship after experiencing a break up with his boyfriend. The one thing that I can relate to is the love this man has for his dog and so far they have been through so much together. It’s an emotional story already so I’m preparing myself for however it might end!

2. Local Girl Missing
Last year I read a book called Last Seen Alive, which is also written by Claire Douglas. I enjoyed it so much that when I found Local Girl Missing I didn’t hesitate to buy it. I’m hoping this one has me intrigued and on edge like the other book. This one sounds like it is about a girl whose friend went missing 20 years back and since then she’s been hiding from what happened. I really like books which are suspensive and eery, but nothing too frightening (I don’t want nightmares thanks) so the last book of her’s I read was ideal for me. The two stories seem very different and I’m hoping this one will impress me just like Last Seen Alive, if not more.

3. It’s Not Me, It’s Them: Confessions of a Hopeless Modern Romantic
A bit of a different one compared to the last two. I’m a big fan of the comedian Joel Dommett and I was bought his book for my birthday. In his book, Joel shares a range of stories that he experienced in his teenage life, mostly about love and relationships. We went to one of his shows last year where he shared some similar stories, so I knew the book would be a funny one. It’s not really an autobiography as it isn’t really about his whole life but rather small sections of it. I find autobiographies very difficult to read so I’m glad this is different. It’s such an easy read and from what I’ve read so far, it really makes you laugh to yourself.

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1. Appleby Farm

My taste in books is constantly changing and after reading what I consider to be ‘heavier’ books such as ‘The Girl on the Train’ and ‘Into the Water’ I was looking for something a little lighter! From the blurb, Appleby Farm seemed to be exactly what I was looking for.  Without spoiling this book for you (I read it pretty much straight away!) the main character is Freya, she is currently working in a cafe when she gets a phone call from her Aunt and Uncle who own Appleby Farm. She heads off to Appleby Farm, leaving her boyfriend, job and flatmate behind. The story is all about Freya’s time on the farm and although I feel that I’m not really selling it, I loved this book. It’s light hearted and I couldn’t put it down. I would really recommend this if you want a book with a character who you can feel a connection with and want a light-hearted story with a happy ending!

2. Alice in Wonderland
We all know that Alice in Wonderland is a classic but believe it or not, I’ve never actually read the books! In The Works, they have amazing offers on books (3 for £5) so I thought why not pick this one up? I’ve always wanted to read the Alice in Wonderland books as the films are so quirky, I’m assuming the book will not disappoint. I also thought that I could read it next year when I have my own class.

3. Meet me at the Cupcake Cafe
For some reasons books about a character owning a cafe just stand out to me! I think it might be because deep down I’d love nothing more than to have my own little cake cafe, serving sweet treats and savoury delights! Unfortunately for me, I’ll just have to live my dream through this book.  This book was also from The Works meaning that it was a bargain on the 3 for £5 deal, happy days! The blurb says that this book is about a woman called Issy who has a passion for baking after spending time at her Grandpa’s bakery. Issy loses her job and decides to open her very own cupcake cafe, it sounds like this book gives you an insight to both the delights and challenges that Issy faces, sounds interesting enough to me!

4. Ivy Lane
After reading Appleby Farm I absolutely fell in love with the writing style that Cathy Bramley has. It was such an easy read and I couldn’t put the book down, so I knew I needed to grab another of her books. I’m looking forward to this one as from reading the blurb it links to Appleby farm. Ivy Lane is about a woman called Tilly Parker who is looking for a fresh start as she wants to move on from secrets that are lurking in her past. See now I’m hooked and want to know exactly what these secrets are!!! Tilly takes on a plot at the Ivy Lane allotments and meets a lot of new people including a potential love interest. I’m looking forward to reading this one as I can tell that (fingers crossed) it won’t be too heavy going which is exactly what I need!

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Do you read much or are you more of a TV and movies kind of person? We’re a bit of both but for some reason as soon as the sun comes out we’d rather sit outside and read in the sunshine!

lauren and rachel

5 thoughts on “Current Reads | Spring 2018

  1. I finished “Lily and the Octopus” just before Easter but I didn’t feel as sad as I had expected I would. The whole book made me smile and I sped through the pages on a train journey from London to Liverpool. I’ve never had a dog myself but I can see how this book may touch someone more based on personal experience (have you had a dog??). If you are interested and would like to see what I thought of “Lily and the Octopus” in full, my quick review is available on my blog a few posts down.

    Rebecca 📚


  2. I love reading, and love seeing others find a passion for it too! Local Girl Missing sounds right up my street as I love thrillers. Can’t believe you’ve not read Alice in Wonderland before though! You’ll love it, I’m sure.


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