Recent Reads // February

maybe you should talk to someone paperback by lori gottlieb and cup of tea in pink jumper

You Know It’s Love by Jen Morris

You Know It’s Love is the second book from indie author Jen Morris that explores the growing relationship between Cat and Myles. Where the main character in Jen’s first book Love In The City was optimistic and a little dreamy, Cat is jaded and sarcastic.

While Cat can be a little much sometimes, I could totally relate because I think I’m a bit of a Cat on the inside. She was cynical and independent and had some walls that needed to be broken down – and there was one man perfect for that job. Myles is so swoon-worthy. He was patient and kind and understanding while still being a bit of a flirt. Jen knows how to write her male leads.

I loved watching their relationship grow and seeing Cat develop along the way. Jen also has some hilarious scenes in this book from the dates to the meditation class (I cackled at this one. I’ve so had this experience) and I love how she sets up a this story.

I’m so looking forward to the next book in this series.

You’ll love it if: you’re a fan of strong an sensitive men and a bit of cheeky sarcasm from your female leads.

The Space Between by Zara McDonald and Michelle Andrews

The Space Between by Zara McDonald and Michelle Andrews is all about life in your twenties, which is the space between being a teenager and a proper adult.

I’m going to admit that I skim read a lot of this book and felt that even though I’m in my twenties and only a little older than these women, much of the content didn’t really apply to me. I’m married, have a child and a husband and a full-time job. I also didn’t agree with some of the content and felt that it would have been better marketed to late teens who are starting to become more independent as they finish school.

Zara and Michelle are only just above the mid-twenties mark and I suspect that in the next four years, they will learn a lot more about their twenties – as we all do as we grow and grow up.

Some chapters were great while others were a little meh.

You’ll love it if: you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing in life and need some reassurance that you’re probably like most people.

Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottlieb

I started this book in January as an audiobook and I finally finished it off this month. This book is longgg. I took a break from it but came back and finished it off and I’m so glad I did because it was amazing and I loved it.

Lori Gottlieb makes you think about so many things in ways that you never would have before. Reading this book was like unintentionally attending therapy, which was probably the point.

The stories of her clients were so powerful and I teared up more than once. However, I was a little cynical about the stories themselves. Many details were changed to protect client privacy and unless conversations were recorded, there had to be a little creativity involved in this. I don’t know how I feel about this because it’s served the intention of the book and made it compelling, but in terms of her profession and if the stories did receive a little upgrade for sale purposes, I’m undecided.

You’ll love it if: you’re looking for some meaning or interested in self-reflection and mental health.

Josh and Hazel’s Guide To Not Dating by Christina Lauren

I love Christina Lauren’s writing style. Their books are fun and flirty and the perfect binge read to escape the world and immerse yourself in someone’s blossoming romance. Josh and Hazel’s Guide To Not Dating was so bingeable that I even sacrificed some sleep to keep reading it.

I’ve read reviews that criticise the ending, but I thought it was great. The slow burn, friends-to-lovers romance was sweet and I enjoyed a female character who was very comfortable with herself.

You’ll love this if: you’re in love with your best friend – whether they know it or not.

What have you been reading this month?

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