After taking an age to finish ‘Started early, took my dog’ by Kate Atkinson (I like the Jackson Brodie series, but it doesn't really grip me) I’ve recently read 3 really good, easy read books.
Firstly, I borrowed ‘From Notting Hill With Love Actually’ from my friend Lizzie, (I’m not sure if Lizzie knows I have this, if not Lizzie – I have your book! J). I really enjoyed it as a throw away romantic comedy novel and would recommend it as a good holiday read.
It’s a bout a girl called Scarlett who is obsessed with the movies and not quite happy with her own life. She takes a month out to go and house sit in Notting Hill. She meets a guy called Sean. You need to read the rest to see what happened J
Then I read ‘Black Heart Blue’ which is totally different! It isn't actually out on the market yet (although you can pre-order on Amazon), but I was lucky enough to receive a proof copy from a friend-of-a-friend who works in the publishing industry. It’s an incredibly dark story about twins, one described as beautiful and the other disfigured by Treacher Collins syndrome. They live in a vicarage and are abused by their parents. The book is narrated by both girls, giving both sides of the story.
I found myself feeling incredibly frustrated by their plight and that nobody had noticed how they were suffering. This is not a holiday read like my first recommendation, but I highly recommend it all the same. I was hooked from the first few pages.
I haven’t actually finished ‘Mad Women’ yet, but for anyone who’s a fan of Mad Men, this is a must. It’s written by Jane Maas, who was a copywriter during the mad men era (late 60s – 70s). I work in this industry so I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to marketing, but I do recommend it if you like the Mad Men series.
I’ve downloaded the Hunger Games trilogy to my Kindle to read on holiday next week – can’t wait!
Has anyone read any good books recently?