My Summer TBR List..

This post is inspired by all of the lovely book bloggers which I follow and I wanted to share with you books I want to read. This is a mixture between a wish list and books I already own which need to be read and so I thought I would share them with you today.

The Lives We Touch by Eva Woods

In our lives we’ll meet something like eighty thousand people. Most of them just in passing, sitting beside them on a bus, buying a latte from them, overtaking them too fast on the motorway. Others will become friends, lovers, family. Some will stay in our lives forever, and some will be swept away by the flow of life. But we will touch all of these people in some way, tiny or huge, making more of a difference than any of us could imagine.

Rosie is in a coma, unable to reach out to the world or communicate. She only has one chance to make it back to consciousness- but she’s slipping deeper and deeper into a maze of memories and it’s going to be hard to find her way out

Daisy, Rosie’s sister, is devastated by the accident. She’s always been the good, dependable girl to Rosie’s free spirit- but some of Rosie’s attitude seems to be creeping into Daisy’s dull existence. Can Daisy fund the courage to be herself?

This book was recommended by somebody on twitter and I set off to find it because it sounded great. It seems to be about two stories which I love and is based around strong female characters tragedy and growth which I always find so inspiring. This was part of a 3 for £5 book deal in the works!

Trying by Emily Phillips

Meet Olivia Galvin.

She knows she’s lucky. There’s the handsome husband. The sounds-pretty-good-on-paper job. A house they can just about afford. Loving, intrusive and completely bonkers extended family. Plus, she’s having more sex than she’s ever had in her life. But the one thing she really wants seems to be the one thing she just can’t have..

Capturing the stress, sex and sometime hilarity of trying for a baby, Olivia’s all-too-familiar battles with modern life make her question whether having it all is ever really worth it.

I had never heard of this book before but I really wanted to read it as it seemed something easy to get into but potentially quite relatable. It sounded like a writing and plot style which I will easily read and enjoy.

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

Meet the ‘Keeper of Lost Things’…

Anthony Peardew has spent half his life collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a broken promise many years before. Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all it’s lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners.

But the final wishes of the ‘Keeper of Lost Things’ have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters…

I have heard rave reviews about this book so I bought it as it was something that I knew I would enjoy and also is meant to be quite an easy read. I’m loving non fiction at the moment but I want to fall back in love with fiction.

Talking About Jane Austin in Baghdad: The True Story of an Unlikely Friendship by Bee Rowlatt and May Witwit

Would you brave gun-toting militias for a cut and blow dry?

May is a tough-talking, hard-smoking lecturer in English. She’s also an Iraqi living in Baghdad: dodging bullets before breakfast, bargaining for high heels in bombed-out bazaars and battling through blockades to teach her class of Jane Austin-studying girls.

Bee, on the other hand, is a London mum of three, busy fighting off PTA meeting and chicken pox, dealing with dead cars and generally juggling work and family while squabbling with her globetrotting husband over the socks he leaves lying around the house.

They should have nothing in common.

But when a simple email brings them together, they discover a friendship that overcomes all their differences of culture, religion and age. And, between the grenades, the gossip, the jokes and the secrets, they hatch an ingenious plan to help May escape Baghdad..

I was gifted this book by my dad and I absolutely love the concept of it, it’s stunning and so eye opening and heart warming. It’s crazy how it is a true story and I can’t wait to learn more about it.

If Only by Melanie Murphy.

Erin is about to turn thirty and her life is definitely not where she thought she would be. She hates her job, she’s jealous of her perfect flatmate and she has just called off her wedding. She’s trying (sort of) to make a fresh start and gets things ‘on track’ finally, but where to begin?

A trip home to Ireland to visit her beloved grandmother is a welcome distraction, but what she’s not prepared for is the birthday gift she receives: a secret family heirloom that will change everything. There are so many questions that have been keeping Erin from moving forward. Should she have married Dan? Would she be happier if she lost weight? Was turning down her dream job the giant mistake she always feared it was? And now she might have a way to find the answers, and a clear path to the life she’s always dreamed of.

But as Erin gets caught up in one ‘if only’ after another, is she missing out on everything her real, present-day life is offering her?

  • Melanie Murphy is someone who I have followed for about 2 years now and I love her. I love her insightful way of sharing information and all of her video concepts. I read her first book which is non-fiction and I loved everything she talked about in it. So when I saw she was writing her first fiction novel I KNEW I had to buy it, she still covers amazing topics but in a fictional way. I cannot wait to read it.
  • The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and how it’s broken.

    How can you defend a child abuser you suspect to be guilty?

    What do you say to someone sentenced to ten years who you believed to be innocent?

    What is the law and why do we need it?

    From the lawyers to the criminals, the victims, witnesses and officers of the Law, here is the best and worst of humanity, all working within a system which would never be off the print pages if the public knew what it was really like.

    Both a searing first-hand account of the human cost of the criminal justice system, and a guide to how we got into this mess, the Secret Barrister wants to show you what it’s really like and why it really matters.

    I bought this book recently as I have been loving reading non-fiction recently and wanted to add it to my collection. It is a book about an area that I know very little about and want to learn more from. It’s also been really hyped at the moment so I want to join in the conversations and learn more from others.

    Rife Twenty One Stories from Britain’s Youth edited by Nikesh Shukla and Sammy Jones.

    Young people in this country are facing a chasm of doubt and instability. Mental health problems are widespread, university fees are rising, job opportunities are drying up, and the prospect of ever owning a home is increasingly out of reach. But this generation is noticeably absent from the opinion columns, comment pieces and news reports of the mainstream media. From the creative minds behind Rife magazine comes this anthology of twenty passionate voices, all under the age of twenty-four, writing across a spectrum of topics that matter to them. It holds a mirror up to the experience of young people in the UK today, with essays on money, mental health, sex, gender, inequality, education, crime and the future. Bracing, honest and set against what can often seem an apocalyptic backdrop, these stories are nevertheless full of ideas and solidarity to draw on through these uncertain times.

    This book is something that I wish I had written in because it is what I need in my life. I am so passionate about the voice of the young people and how underrepresented we are and so when I came across this book on Twitter I knew I would HAVE to buy it and support it because it’s just everything I stand for. I cannot wait for it to arrive and for me to read and support it. I love anything that makes me emotional or passionate.

    That is it for my TBR list for summer and I hope you found something which takes your interest. Which books are on your reading list?

    Thank you so much for reading today and I hope to see you around these parts again soon!

    Alex xxx

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