Hey guys, hope you’re all having a great week or at least trying too.. With everything that’s going on in the world, I hope to inspire you guys to start reading again. Not only to remain knowledgeable whilst away from education but also to take your mind away from everything that’s happening. It can be very therapeutic and I think we all deserve a bit of self care time at the moment. Throughout the month of March I’ve gone through some amazing novels that I can’t wait to share with you all, including some of my favourites: Historical Fantasy Fictions, a Young Adult Fiction, a Thriller and oddly enough a Self Help Book.
So, please take the time to read a few novels during this very frightening period, it can essentially pass time by very quickly. But for now, here’s what I read in March 2020..
Genuine Fraud by e. lockhart
This was the first novel I read this month and it was by none other than the brilliant e.lockhard, author of the bestselling novel We Were Liars. Buttt spoiler alert – I enjoyed this one a lot more! This novel is set to be a major motion picture which I CANNOT wait for. It definitely deserves it. It’s a short read that I read in the space of a few days, and a story line I can read over and over again.
It’s a story told in reverse which begins in June 2017 and ends in June 2016, which is something new to me but nevertheless it kept me intrigued to read on. The story line is about a woman called Jule who on goes a series of events in order for her to start a new life with a whole new identity which of course – isn’t as easy as it seems.
It’s such an easy novel to get into with twists to keep you reading throughout. I read it over 3 days as I couldn’t put it down yet still wanted it to drag out and be a never ending story. For anyone interested in a quick thriller throughout this lockdown, then I would 100% recommend this (it’s amazing).
It only happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne
This book has been sitting on my shelf for a while now and I am so glad I finally got round to reading it. It’s an amazing YA by one of my now new favourite authors. It’s all about a teenager called Audrey (yup named after Audrey Hepburn if that’s what you’re thinking, and I know you were ;)) who hates the thought of falling in love. She’s just overcoming a breakup and dealing with her parents separation, when she gets a new job at the cinema to take her mind off things, but then meets Harry…
Audrey and Harry immediately kick it off together but like I said Audrey was not willing to fall in love and already knows what boys like Harry are like (think Billy from Stranger things and his attractive charm). Nevertheless Audrey and Harry do grow to play a big part in each others lives and face a comical amount of challenges along the way which continuously keep you entertained.
It’s humorous throughout whilst still talking seriously about the challenges of mental health. It’s not your typical happy ever after fairy tale either. In fact it’s far from it. But the way it is written kept me routing for whatever actions Audrey was about to take and I constantly felt for her throughout her dark times which is what a good book does to you right?!
This novel is definitely a bestselling for a reason let me tell you.
The Binding by Bridget Collins
I read this one on a journey to London as mentioned in my previous post, and it’s safe to say I couldn’t put it down. A lady in the same carriage literally asked me about it because ‘I haven’t looked up once’ (her words not mine) and then complimented me with a ‘It’s nice to see a teenager lost in a book instead of glued to their phone’ .. aw my heart. But there was so much to tell her that I didn’t even know where to begin.
There’s no surprise that this was a Historical Fantasy Fiction novel.. I mean c’mon you should know me by now. And, as expected I loved it.
It’s a story about a binder called Emmett Farmer who gets sent away throughout his teenage years to become an apprentice to a woman called Seredith. Throughout his time there he discovers the secret of what the binding is really all about… which is memories. (Don’t worry it’s not a spoiler, trust me the story gets much, much more complex but in a good way). Emmett Farmer is binding people’s memories.
The concept of this book was amazing. Challenging stereotypes of that period in time such as including the LGBT which was a theme I loved, and it always managed to keep me on edge wanting to know how the story ends. It’s a very clever story line that includes betrayal, horror and humour at times, and I can be sure it will stay with you for a long time after reading it. It’s also quite a chunky read too, so if you’re looking for something to keep you entertained for awhile then be sure to pick this one up and not miss out!
Super-Woman self help book by Janina Scarlet
This is a book I got sent for reviewing (which will soon be up) that consists of supposed ways to help you with your mental health journey. Did it help me at all I think is the most anticipated question when it comes to self help books? – and like all the other self help books I’ve read I have to say I have not seen a different within my mental health- at all. It was an empowering book don’t get me wrong, but I guess it just didn’t fulfil it’s purpose for me. I personally deal with severe anxiety so am always willing to try out a good self help book but I am yet to find one that has genuinely helped to change my mindset.
If you want to know more about my journey with this book, be sure to keep a look out for my future post 🙂
Thank you for reading, I hope you guys enjoyed this post. If you have any questions be sure to let me know in the comments, but besides that I hope you all have an amazing week, no matter what you get up to in this stressful time. Also, if anybody is feeling overwhelmed or low due to the pandemic, drop me a DM on Insta @tjblogs and I’ll be happy to make you guys feel better xx