Recent Reads // January

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Love in the City by Jen Morris

Love in the City is the first book from New Zealand indie author Jen Morris. For a first book, I was seriously impressed and I’ll be reading the next in the series, which is dropping hot in February.

Does anyone really know what they’re doing in their twenties? I might have a house, a husband and a child, but all the adult facade definitely hides the fact that I am so far from having my life together, and I think that’s why I really enjoyed this book.

Alex turns thirty and realises that she is so far from where she wants to be. So, in a (hilarious) drunken moment, she books her ticket to New York to make her dreams come true. I felt that so much of this resonated with me, even though my life is so far removed from this. Besides the romance with Michael, who lives upstairs, I liked the way Alex’s confidence grew and I seriously enjoyed the villain.

The second book in Jen’s series, You Know It’s Love, is set to be a sizzler and I can’t wait to read it.

You’ll love it if: you dream of running away to New York to pursue your dreams.

I GIVE MY MARRIAGE A YEAR BY HOLLY WAINWRIGHT

I Give My Marriage a Year is the third book by Australian author Holly Wainwright. I’ve read Holly’s first two books, The Mummy Bloggers and How To Be Perfect, both of which were hilarious and highlighted some of the issues within social media and influencers (which I think was loosely based/inspired by actual events).

I Give My Marriage a Year was totally different. It was a more realistic view of a marriage, worn down over many years with kids, money stresses, family issues and more. It’s not my usual genre; I much prefer rom coms and romance that makes me happy and excited at the prospect of love.

This. This, I just found depressing – but in a good way, if that’s a thing. It took me a while to get through this book because other (more fun) books were calling my name, but I did eventually. Both characters were extremely flawed, which is a reflection of real life, the decisions of Lou (the main female character) grated me down just a little.

You’ll love it if: you’re feeling jaded and don’t want to escape from the real world. This is a realistic look at many marriages (especially the change after kids).

Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella

Ever since my first taste of Sophie Kinsella last year, I’ve been wanting to get my hands on another of her hilarious rom coms.

I listened to Love Your Life as an audiobook and I cackled very loudly in some parts, probably alarming the people on the street as I was walking to work. Seriously, I was choke-laughing in the elevator and it took a lot of self-control to take out my headphones and start work.

Love Your Life is the story of Ava, who goes on a writing retreat in Italy to finally finish her novel. But, as with many things in her life, she gets distracted and falls in love with a handsome stranger. At the retreat, they know nothing about each other, so when they get back to London, we follow the adventure of finding out all their quirks. And there are many!

I’ve read some criticisms of this book and I totally get it. The main character can be extremely irritating and lacks self-awareness, but I definitely think this is the point of the story. I thought there were so many hilarious moments and it was really quite sweet, but it could have ended before it did. I don’t think the last couple of chapters were really needed and it could have been closed up nicely earlier.

You’ll love this if: you’ve been on the dating cycle for a while and you need a break.

Have you read any of these books? Tell me your thoughts, your recommendations or what you’ve been reading in the comments below.

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