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Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

Published January 2, 2022

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

Oh thank god this is over. What a terrible final book, no wonder the movie was no good either. This series started out so well and just went downhill steadily until diving off a cliff. The first half of this book is about Bella’s unexpected pregnancy, which is biologically weird and turns into a totally gross few chapters. The second half is all about lots of random vampires turning up, lots of training, and lots of soul searching about what’s right and what’s wrong… for a fight that never actually happens. What a waste!

The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzch

Published August 6, 2021

The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzch

I tried to read this once before, and I’m not sure why I didn’t get further than a few chapters, because on a second reading, it was pretty gripping. The initial mystery and underlying whodunit was great, and kept me interested, along with the fascinating time period and disturbing mentalities of the village at that time. The only problem with it was at times it felt a bit drawn out, perhaps too repetitive in places - torture the woman, find the children, torture the woman, find the children. But I stuck with it and was glad to get to the big reveal towards the end, and curious to see what happens in the rest of the series.

Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

Published December 25, 2019

Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

I wouldn’t have heard of this book if it hadn’t been for the Netflix adaptation, that we enjoyed as part of our festive film roundup. It was billed as a teenage Love Actually, featuring all these intertwining stories and on screen that worked really well.

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Published November 19, 2019

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Oprah’s latest book pick is the sequel to this, the original adventures of one Olive Kitteridge. I’m always one to start at the beginning so I dived headfirst into this and I loved it. It’s a series of stories from a small coastal town in Maine, that are standalone but intertwine and gradually tell the story of Olive and those who interact with her.

The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas

Published July 26, 2019

The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas

As I started reading this, I suddenly wondered why it all felt familiar and then I realised, I’d seen the TV show. I genuinely can’t remember if I’ve read this before, but as I started turning the pages, it all started to come back to me. I like the format of the book, bringing the story along through the eyes of a different character for each part, each adding their own viewpoint and problems to things.