HOW IS IT ALREADY SEPTEMBER?!? 2022 has flown by far too fast. I haven’t had enough time to do anything besides reading. Another month of not reading enough – August went by just TOO quickly for me. I read two books (again) this month instead of my target of 3 books. The only reason for this is ALL the time I’ve wasted binge-watching content this month. I did start reading a third book but its pace was too slow for me, I’ll get back to it this month. But the two books I did read both turned out to be really nice. Read on for the mini-reviews.
WATCHING YOU by Lisa Jewell
Plot: Newly married, Joey and her husband move in with Joey’s brother as they figure out their lives. Joey soon develops a huge crush on their neighbour, Tom Fitzwilliam who is the headmaster of a local school. It appears that most women who cross paths with Tom end up infatuated. Tom’s teenage son on the other hand is reserved and spends his time stalking his neighbours from his bedroom window in the hopes of eventually becoming a spy for MI5. But is Tom as clean as he appears? One of his students, Jenna Tripp doesn’t seem to buy his good guy act. What secrets is he hiding? Why does his family have to move homes so often?
Review: My favourite book that I’ve read in 2022 is by Lisa Jewell (The Family Upstairs), so now I’m on a mission to read all her books. Watching You was an interesting thriller to read. So many stories running parallel makes you wonder which one is going to lead to the final crime. I was absorbed in the story and kept wanting to read more. Was it as good as The Family Upstairs? No. But if you like thrillers, you will like this book.
Verdicts: 7.5/10; It’s definitely worth reading once.
PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION by Emily Henry
Plot: Alex and Poppy are college best friends who are poles apart. He is quiet and likes to stay in, she is loud and likes travelling the world. They make a pact in college to meet every year for a summer vacation no matter where life takes them. They continue with these vacations for a decade until something happens on a vacation 2 years back and they haven’t spoken since. Poppy tries to bring their friendship together by planning another summer holiday. Will they be able to salvage their friendship?
Review: I picked up this book because I loved the idea of two friends making a pact to keep meeting every year irrespective of where life takes them. I know how hard it can be to keep your childhood friendships going once you are grown up and life keeps coming in the way. AND I LOVED THIS BOOK. I literally couldn’t put it down once I started reading it. I could relate to the two protagonists SO much. They were very real and I enjoyed seeing their relationship change as they grew up. I ended up tearing up and crying too in the end. Definitely recommend reading this book!
I tried reading – Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern but found it too emotional a read for me so postponed reading it. I was halfway through ‘How Not to Die Alone’ by Richard Roper. I’ll finish it this month. What are you currently reading?
Reading progress 2022: 19/30
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