AD| If you are looking for easy summer reads, either for the garden or on the beach, these are the ones for you.
These are the books I’ve been reading lately:
This naked mind (£10.59)
Millions of people worry that drinking is affecting their health, yet are unwilling to seek change because of the misery and stigma associated with alcoholism and recovery. They fear drinking less will be boring, difficult and involve deprivation, and significant lifestyle changes. This Naked Mind offers a new solution. Packed with surprising insight into the reasons we drink, it will open your eyes to the startling role of alcohol in our culture. Annie Grace brilliantly weaves psychological, neurological, cultural, social and industry factors with her extraordinarily candid journey resulting in a must read for anyone who drinks.
Ever sworn off alcohol for a month and found yourself drinking by the 7th? Think there’s ‘no point’ in just one drink? Welcome! There are millions of us. 64% of Brits want to drink less. Catherine Gray was stuck in a hellish whirligig of Drink, Make horrible decisions, Hangover, Repeat. She had her fair share of ‘drunk tank’ jail cells and topless-in-a-hot-tub misadventures. In The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober, Catherine Gray shines a light on society’s drink-pushing and talks to top neuroscientists and psychologists about why we drink, delving into the science behind what it does to our brains and bodies.
I read book of these books because I needed to cut back on drinking. Like many of us, lockdown gave me the chance to drink a lot. I now only drink on a weekend, however, I’ve just not enjoyed it since reading these books. I feel great without it and I’m much happier and focused. It’s done wonders for my mental health which had started to suffer. I recommend them if you are thinking of doing the same, you wont be disappointed. You wont get the usual lectures about drinking, just the science behind it. It makes you think twice before drinking. I’m thinking about doing the 100 days sober challenge.
Rating- 5 out of 5 stars
Burial rites (£7.89)
Northern Iceland, 1829. A woman condemned to death for murdering her lover. A family forced to take her in. A priest tasked with absolving her. But all is not as it seems, and time is running out: winter is coming, and with it the execution date. Only she can know the truth. This is Agnes’s story.
I enjoyed this book as part of a book club i’m a member of, each month we vote for a book we want to read and message other members about it. Set in dark cold winters of Iceland in 1829 it tells the story of Agnes, a woman condemned to death for murdering her lover, a family forced to take her in and a priest tasked with absolving her. Not my usual genre but I really enjoyed this book. It’s a piece of Iceland’s history.
Rating- 4 out of 5 stars
I Invited Her In (£6.55)
When Mel hears from a long-lost friend in need of help, she doesn’t hesitate to invite her to stay. Mel and Abi were best friends back in the day, sharing the highs and lows of student life, until Mel’s unplanned pregnancy made her drop out of her studies. Now, seventeen years later, Mel and Abi’s lives couldn’t be more different. Mel is happily married, having raised her son on her own before meeting her husband, Ben. Now they share gorgeous girls and have a chaotic but happy family home, with three children. Abi, meanwhile, followed her lover to LA for a glamorous life of parties, celebrity and indulgence. Everything was perfect, until she discovered her partner had been cheating on her. Seventeen years wasted, and nothing to show for it. So what Abi needs now is a true friend to lean on, to share her grief over a glass of wine, and to have some time to heal. And what better place than Mel’s house, with her lovely kids, and supportive husband…
Lies Lies Lies (£4.50)
(Please note I received this book free and signed by Adele Parks, this does not affect my review)
Daisy and Simon’s marriage is great, isn’t it? After years together, the arrival of longed-for daughter Millie sealed everything in place. A happy little family of three. And so what if Simon drinks a bit too much sometimes – Daisy’s used to it, she knows he’s letting off steam. Until one night at a party things spiral horribly out of control. And that happy little family of three will never be the same again. In Lies Lies Lies, Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks explores the darkest corners of a relationship in freefall in a mesmerising tale of marriage and secrets.
The State Were In (£7.99)
What are the odds that the stranger sitting next to you on a plane is destined to change your life? Especially when they appear to be your opposite in every way. She’s a life-long optimist, looking for her soul mate in every man she meets; he’s a resolute cynic – cruel experience has taught him never to put his faith in anyone. People can surprise you. In the time it takes to fly from London to Chicago, each finds something in the other that they didn’t even realise they needed. Their pasts are such that they can never make one another happy and it’s when they get off the plane that their true journey begins…
I read all these books after I read and reviewed Just My Luck (£5.00) by Adele Parks. I love Adele Parks and her style of writing, told from each characters point of view over different timescales, easy to follow, very engaging and a great read with many twists and turns. I’m trying to get through each book that Adele has written because I love them. I recommend these books, they are brilliant.
Rating- 5 out of 5 stars
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