At the weekend I popped to the library – my newest love! – again and picked up a couple more books to formulate my autumn reading list.
There’s no doubt that the weather in the UK has taken a turn already; all the more reason to stay indoors and hibernate with a good book and a hot drink. I’m also finding myself commuting three times a week for some in-house contract work, which has enabled me to power through books at the speed of light!
Let me talk you through the four titles I’ve recently added to my shelf…
The Good Girls by Sara Shepard
… Okay, I ever so slightly messed up here because I was certain this was the first book in the The Perfectionists series but it’s actually the second. Regardless of that small mistake, I’m going to read this and then hunt down a copy of the first one afterwards. It’s a novel by the author of the Pretty Little Liars series and I just felt like indulging in a little YA fiction after a long bout of Japanese historical fiction.
Mackenzie, Ava, Caitlin, Julie, and Parker have done some not-so-perfect things. Even though they all talked about killing rich bully Nolan Hotchkiss, they didn’t actually go through with it. It’s just a coincidence that Nolan died in exactly the way they planned . . . right? Except Nolan wasn’t the only one they fantasized about killing. When someone else they named dies, the girls wonder if they’re being framed. Or are they about to become the killer’s next targets?
The Last of Us by Rob Ewing
I haven’t picked up a dystopian novel since my teenage years and so when the book I’d originally planned to borrow – The Power by Naomi Alderman -– wasn’t available, I decided to try this out instead.
When a pandemic wipes out the entire population of a remote Scottish island, only a small group of children survive. How will they fend for themselves?
Since the last adult died, sensible Elizabeth has been the group leader, testing for a radio signal, playing teacher and keeping an eye on Alex, the littlest, whose insulin can only last so long.
There is ‘shopping’ to do in the houses they haven’t yet searched and wrong smells to avoid. For eight-year-old Rona each day brings fresh hope that someone will come back for them, tempered by the reality of their dwindling supplies.
With no adults to rebel against, squabbles threaten the fragile family they have formed. And when brothers Calum Ian and Duncan attempt to thwart Elizabeth’s leadership, it prompts a chain of events that will endanger Alex’s life and test them all in unimaginable ways.
Reminiscent of The Lord of the Flies and The Cement Garden, The Last of Us is a powerful and heartbreaking novel of aftershock, courage and survival.
Jake’s Tower by Elizabeth Laird
These next two books are my boyfriend’s favourites and so I’ve actually borrowed them from his bookcase! We traded favourite novels last weekend and I think it’s so incredibly special to dive into fiction that has encapsulated your other half’s mind so perfectly.
In real life, Jake is never safe. He lives in constant fear of his mother’s violent boyfriend. But in his imaginary tower he can dream up his own father – the stranger who gave him a cuddle and a fluffy duck the day he was born and went away for ever. Jake doesn’t believe dreams ever come true. But sometimes they do.
Shōgun by James Clavell
A bold English adventurer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love. All brought together in an extraordinary saga of a time and a place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust, and the struggle for power…
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