It’s been a while since I’ve shared my reading list with you. To be honest, I think it’s because reading has felt less natural in the past month, but I am now back on track and have found pleasure in it again. Here is what I have been reading.
Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty
This is the fourth book I’ve read by the author and unfortunately this isn’t her best one. I mean, can anything beat Big Little Lies? I would still recommend it as it was captivating and I found myself reaching for it again and again. The premise is that nine strangers are going for a wellness retreat to change something about their life and it doesn’t turn out to be what they thought it would. There is definitely suspense and some interesting sub-plots without falling into the mystery genre.
How To Be Loved: A memoir of Lifesaving Friendship, Eva Hagberg Fisher
I’ve always been fond of memoirs for their honesty and their vulnerability. This one follows the author’s thoughts surrounding illness (both affecting her and people close to her), friendship and a difficult personal journey. I was first drawn to the book because of its stunning cover which is colourful and lovely, but it proved to be even an even more complex story than the cover suggested.
One Day, David Nicholls
Following the many recommendations I’ve heard about this book, I decided to give it a go. You might be familiar with this beautiful movie but the writing is even better. It’s a love story for the romantics at heart, and it is also truly heart-breaking. My favourite quote of the book is “You're gorgeous, you old hag, and if I could give you just one gift ever for the rest of your life it would be this. Confidence. It would be the gift of confidence. Either that or a scented candle”
Ma’am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret, Craig Brown
Princess Margaret is my favourite royal and I was excited about this book but unfortunately it felt short for me. The ‘short stories’ format was hard to follow and got me distracted. I also wasn’t a fan of the fiction pieces in it considering this was a biography.
French – because yes ! My mom has been sending me books over to England to make sure I still read Quebec literature!
L'allégorie des truites arc-en-ciel, Marie-Christine Chartier
Can a platonic friendship between a guy and a girl truly work or do feelings always get in the way ? I am not going to divulge more but this is a beautiful story that reads easily and I got to the last page wanting more.
Tu peux toujours rester, Valérie Chevalier
As I am writing this, I am halfway through it and I love the story. I love that it is set in Montreal and that the characters visit bars and restaurants I’ve been to. I’ve read the first book of the series a few years ago and didn’t remember anything about the characters, but the transition in the sequel is very smooth (you don’t need to read them in order).