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Recent Read Recommendations!

I’ve read quite a lot of books recently and wanted to share some recommendations from my recent reads. I feel like quite often I read a book that I love but because I do not write a full review I end up not recommending it as much. So, I wanted to share some books that I’ve read recently and loved but haven’t given much attention on here!

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Malibu: August, 1983. It’s the day of Nina Riva’s annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer; and their adored baby sister, Kit. Together, the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over—especially as the offspring of the legendary singer, Mick Riva.

The only person not looking forward to the party of the year is Nina herself, who never wanted to be the center of attention, and who has also just been very publicly abandoned by her pro tennis player husband. Oh, and maybe Hud—because it is long past time to confess something to the brother from whom he’s been inseparable since birth.

I bought this book after seeing so many amazing things about it and I cannot lie it was on offer in a shop so I though why not! I picked it up one evening and within the first couple of chapters it was all I could think about until I finished it. I can really understand the love for Taylor Jenkins Reid and I will be reading her other books very soon. If you have yet to read this or any books by this author I highly recommend you change that!


Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

In this book, the impact of wildfire, a wayward priest, or a mysterious disappearance ricochet across communities, threading through stories. Here, ordinary actions such as ice skating or going to church reveal hidden truths. One choice threatens a lifelong friendship. Siblings save each other. Rescue and second chances are possible, and so is revenge.

This book has not got the love that I think it deserves online. I read it in the space of an afternoon because I was so intrigued as to how all the stories connected and the writing was so captivating. If you like mysteries and small town stories then this book is definitely one that you will enjoy. I will be picking up another book by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock very soon!


Afterlove by Tanya Byrne

Car headlights.

The last thing Ash hears is the snap of breaking glass as the windscreen hits her and breaks into a million pieces like stars.

But she made it, she’s still here. Or is she?

This New Year’s Eve, Ash is gets an RSVP from the afterlife she can’t decline: to join a clan of fierce girl reapers who take the souls of the city’s dead to await their fate.

But Ash can’t forget her first love, Poppy, and she will do anything to see her again… even if it means they only get a few more days together. Dead or alive…

I finished this book a few days ago and I have not stopped talking about it. I had been hearing so many amazing things about this book so it was nice to finally give it a read and see that it deserves all the love in the world. There is one specific passage in this book that I have read over and over again, it made me sob so much and just solidified how much I loved this book. I cannot recommend this one enough!


The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe

For five years Nora’s been playing at normal. But she needs to dust off the skills she ditched because she has three problems:

#1: Her ex walked in on her with her girlfriend. Even though they’re all friends, Wes didn’t know about her and Iris.

#2: The morning after Wes finds them kissing, they all have to meet to deposit the fundraiser money they raised at the bank. It’s a nightmare that goes from awkward to deadly, because:

#3: Right after they enter bank, two guys start robbing it.

The bank robbers may be trouble, but Nora’s something else entirely. They have no idea who they’re really holding hostage…

I read this book a couple of months ago but every couple of days I think about how much this blew me away. It has such a captivating, twisty and shocking storyline that makes you want to keep reading. I was thinking about what might happen the entire time I read it but I was always shocked by what did happen. This is being made into a movie very soon so be sure to read it before then!


Ace of Spaces by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Welcome to Niveus Private Academy, where money paves the hallways, and the students are never less than perfect. Until now. Because anonymous texter, Aces, is bringing two students’ dark secrets to light.

Talented musician Devon buries himself in rehearsals, but he can’t escape the spotlight when his private photos go public. Head girl Chiamaka isn’t afraid to get what she wants, but soon everyone will know the price she has paid for power.

Someone is out to get them both. Someone who holds all the aces. And they’re planning much more than a high-school game… 

This is one of those books that you can read in a couple of sittings or even one if you want to stay up all night to find the answers to your questions. It has me seconding guessing everything that I thought was happening and captivated me the entire way through. It has such an important message too that I feel everyone needs to know. I cannot wait to read more books by this author, but for now I highly recommend this one!

There you have it, some recent read recommendations for you! What have you read recently and would you recommend it? Let me know in the comments below!

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