I have always loved to read. I love books and genuinely think I’ve learned as much from reading as I did whilst I was at school. I like quite a wide range of genres and like to change it up with each book. I probably read at least one book a week but often two and I thought I’d share the one’s I’ve been enjoying this month with you:
I Heart Forever - Lindsey Kelk
Woohoo! I have been waiting for the latest instalment in the I Heart series for ages now and it was only released a few days ago but I’ve already finished it.
If you haven’t read any of the ‘I Heart’ series by Lindsey Kelk then you are seriously missing out. Seriously. You have to read them in order and it starts with ‘I Heart New York’ when Angela Clark, a normal girl living a very normal life, finds out her fiancé has been cheating on her and flees to the Big Apple. To cut a lot of stories short, you can follow her (hilarious) adventures in love, in friendships and her career all whilst finding herself.
(spoiler alert - if you haven’t read the first books in the series, look away now)
The latest book, I heart forever, picks back up with Angela in her role as editor at the magazine she started, Gloss. Her rock star husband has decided to go travelling, alone and her best friend is getting married.
As always, things start going wrong for Angela when the company decides to restructure, threatening her magazine and her position. In the midst of this, she also discovers she’s pregnant and can’t tell her husband because he’s in a far flung country with no wifi - sob!
I cannot stress how much I love these books. Sometimes Angela is a little frustrating because she rarely deals with things in the right way but she seemed a bit more in control in the latest book and I always find myself literally laughing out loud at her mishaps - cue, rocking up to her company’s event dressed as Game of Thrones character, mother of dragon’s Daenerys Targaryen, only to find that nobody else is in costume and as usual she takes it in her stride, well sort of!
I love finding a good series of books because it’s like being back with old friends and catching up on their adventures whenever a new one is released.
Plus Angela loves Christmas and you know, so do I.
Behind Closed Doors - B. A. Paris
Chilling is the best way to describe this book and this makes it the perfect book to curl up with for Halloween - just make sure you keep some lights on.
The book is about the perfect couple, Grace & Jack. Grace is the perfect wife, beautiful, polite, an excellent cook (please!) and Jack is the devoted husband with a successful career defending victims of domestic violence. But all is not what it seems.
I read this so quickly, partly because I was freaked out and had to just keep going but it’s fast paced anyway and at times incredibly frustrating to read. I don’t want to spoil it for you but I will say that what I really liked about it was that it isn’t especially graphic but it’s still sickening - does that make sense?
Give it a read and see if you agree.
Revenge Wears Prada - Lauren Wesiberger
You’ve almost definitely seen The Devil Wears Prada which is based on the first book in this series and if you haven’t, you need to.
Revenge Wears Prada comes back to Andy Sachs 10 years after she left Runway and is now an editor of her own wedding magazine along with arch-enemy turned friend, Emily.
She’s also a newly wed and then finds out she’s expecting. And if all of that isn’t enough to juggle, Miranda Priestley is back and this time Andy refuses to let her ruin her life a second time.
The author, Lauren Wesiberger, actually worked as an assistant to Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour and I’m sure she’s drawn on that experience in order to write these books - I just hope some of it was exaggerated!
I actually prefer this book to the first one as there’s bit more going on and you feel like you know Andy a lot better.
It’s funny, sad, easy to read and one of those books that I re-read on a regular basis.
A Mother’s Reckoning - Sue Klebold
This is one of those books that just blows your mind. It’s not an ‘easy read’ and it’s very emotional but it’s just so well written and so insightful that I had to put it on my list.
The book is written by a woman called Sue Klebold. Sue is the mother of Dylan Klebold and Dylan was one of two boys that murdered their classmates and a teacher in probably the most infamous school shooting in history at Columbine High School.
Sue is clearly an extremely intelligent, compassionate and articulate woman and you can literally feel the pain in her words. She talks about the day of the shooting and then the aftermath but she also talks about her son’s past and their family life. One of the main purposes of the book is to make people more aware of mental health issues and how frighteningly easy people, especially teenagers, can hide the issues they are dealing with.
I think Sue is incredibly brave to write a book like this, especially as both herself and her husband were judged very harshly from people all over the world after Columbine. People felt that they must be to blame for their son’s horrific actions, that they were abusive or neglectful. This wasn’t the case at all and that is what makes this such a compelling read. Their family life sounds idyllic and that is what Sue says can be most dangerous. Small signs that a person you love is struggling are easily missed or passed over as ‘typical teenage behaviour’ when it can be so much more serious.
She also donated all the profits from the book to research and charities that focus on mental health issues.
The book is heartbreaking but there’s also some light and hope there too and it’s one of those books that will keep you thinking about it long after your finishing reading.