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It’s that time of the month again when I share with you my current and recent reads. I’ve been reading some absolute gems which I think you might also like…

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid

Oh wow what a story! It’s by the same author who brought us ‘Daisy Jones & The Six’, and once again, her writing style was completely unique and definitely gripping. It tells the story of Monique, a journalist hired to write a profile on the mythic Evelyn Hugo, a famous movie star from the 50s, and ultimately reveal who between her seven husbands was the love of her life. The last part of the book was filled with lots of plot twists which I really enjoyed.

At the Pond: Swimming at the Hampstead Ladies’ Pond

Hampstead Heath and its ponds are truly fascinating to me, and I cannot wait to actually go there. Reading this special edition book (a birthday gift from my amazing friend Martine) made me feel closer to Dolly Alderton’s favourite park (which according to her, is the most romantic place in London) and its Ladies ‘pond, that is even frequented by the bravest in winter. The book is a collection of personal essay about the women who feel a personal connection to it (hello writer Lou Stoppard!); whether they’ve swam in it for a years or worked there as a lifeguard. It was poetic, reassuring, optimistic, and all and all, a beautiful read for London lovers. I promise I will visit the ponds before the end of the summer.

Three Women – Lisa Taddeo

This is the book I am currently reading as I write this, but I will hopefully be done by the time this is published. Firstly, I want to start by saying that I don’t think I could do justice to it like my fellow blogger Sophie did, so I urge you to read her thoughts & musings on the bestseller. This is a non-fiction book that reads like fiction about three women, their romance, their desires and their struggles. The author spent years with the people she profiled, so it is a TRUE account of womanhood and of our time. I’m only halfway in, but I am really enjoying the slow-ish pace and the strong emotions felt by the characters. 

The Summer Book – Tove Jansson

To be completely honest, this is not a book I would recommend. It had everything I could possibly love : a story set in Scandinavia and glowing reviews online. But it just didn’t do it for me. I felt like nothing was happening and I found myself wishing for it to be over. To me, the plot lines and the character breakdowns were just too simple.