So, my challenge to read 20 books in 2017 isn’t going so well so far, not even going to lie. After reading lots in January I pretty much didn’t open a book again until the start of June. Oops. Luckily, in June I managed to get 3 books read. So now I just need to keep that up. Today I thought I would share the three books I read, and what I thought of them.
The Girls by Emma Cline
I hadn’t heard of this book before when I decided to buy it. I simply liked the cover and thought it sounded quite interested from the description on the back. I’m not going to lie- it took me a while to get into this. The book is split into four parts and I found the first part so hard to read. I was enjoying the story, I just wasn’t a fan of the writing style. Luckily I persevered because I ended up loving this book!
The Girls revolves around the allure of cults, and is actually based on the Manson cult, which is a topic I have always been very intrigued by. As well as revolving around cults, it’s a great coming-of-age novel, and perfectly conveys how lost a lot of people feel when they are growing up.
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
I’m sure everybody has heard of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why (and if not, are you living under a rock?) and like a lot of people I was a big fan of it. So when I saw this book in Eason’s I knew I had to pick it up. There are a few differences between the book and tv show, perhaps the main being that the book is set over one night while the tv show takes place over about a week. The tv show is also very dramatised compared to the book. I think I probably did prefer the tv show, but I think that’s just because I watched it first.
Philomena by Martin Sixsmith
I found this book in my mums room and decided to give it a read. I had heard a lot of good things about the film but didn’t realise it was based on a book. After reading this I can say I LOVED it. Being from Ireland, I’ve heard a lot about the controversy revolving around single mothers and their babies, so I really enjoyed reading more about this in this book.
This book is about Philomena Lee who in the 50s had a child who was then placed into adoption despite her wishes. The story actually revolves around her son who was adopted by an American family. It focuses on his career in law and his work with the Republican party, as well as his life as a gay man in the 80s. In terms of the book this was definitely my favourite part. And I have since watched the film- it has NOTHING on the book. So if you enjoyed the film definitely pick up the book.
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