This month I have read four books, and all four of those books were read in the week we were away on our honeymoon. It turns out that staying in an all-inclusive resort without kids is the perfect excuse to catch up on your reading.
I definitely have a preferred genre at the moment, that being psychological thrillers, but I wanted something less heavy as well, and I couldn’t go on holiday without picking up the must-read of the moment…
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
So yeah, everybody and there mum seems to have been reading this on their holidays so far this year and I jumped on the bandwagon to see if it really was as good as everybody was saying.
It follows the story of Eleanor, who has had a rather turbulent upbringing, and as a result of this, her mental health and the way she looks at life is a little different.
I found parts of this story incredibly difficult to read, not because of the writing style, but because it is painful to read how Eleanor is feeling, and to see the world through her eyes.
Having suffered myself with my mental health, at times I was close to tears reading this one, but I am pleased that I did. It definitely lived up to my high expectations.
Don’t Wake Up
This book was my least favourite of the four I read whilst I was away. It follows the lead character after she finds herself at the mercy of a doctor, or at least somebody pretending to be one. When she wakes up, it’s as if it were all a dream, or something she made up in her head, but she’s insistent it really happened.
The rest of the story follows some twists and turns as she aims to prove she hasn’t gone crazy. There was a good twist to the storyline, that I didn’t see coming, but overall I felt I was rushing through the book mainly to get it finished, and I wouldn’t overly recommend it.
The Marriage Pact
This is another book I had seen others reading whilst on their travels, and I read it first as it seemed quite apt as honeymoon reading material.
The storyline is based around a group of people who have made a vow, not just to their partner, but to the rest of the group, that they will stay in their marriage no matter what.
This one kept me hooked throughout. It’s very dark, and quite uncomfortable in parts, but it had lots of depth to it, and I found it to be well-written. It makes you think, and I was left feeling a little unsure of how I felt at the end. I even tried to get Ed to read it afterwards, mainly so that I could discuss it with him, it’s one I would definitely pass on and suggest to others.
How to be Happy
I came across this book initially whilst looking for self-help books on Amazon, and then I saw it during a last minute supermarket dash the night before we travelled to Gatwick and decided it was fate that I read it.
Despite the title, it is not in fact a self-help book, but a story which follows two female characters, one of whom has a terminal illness. As you can imagine from this, it has its sad parts, and I did get a little sad reading it, but generally I came away with a strong message. Appreciate the life you have, live it to your fullest and don’t waste your life feeling unhappy. Make the most of your time on earth and you will be happier in the long run.
Even though the storyline itself is incredibly upsetting in parts, there are a lot of funny bits, mixed in with some uplifting moments. This is a good one to read if you want to feel motivated.
So, that’s the books I have read in April. It’s my birthday tomorrow and I’m going to be getting more books from my nan, so I hope to keep up reading as much as possible this month!