Some Girls Do by Clodagh Murphy
I'm not really sure how I first came to know about this book? Perhaps a recommendation on Amazon? But it was such a fun read. About a woman who writes incredibly saucy things on her anonymous sex blog ...but has very little actual experience with sex or relationships. A random meeting with a man whore means she propositions him with a proposal - help her with a sex education for a period of time so she can make the moves on someone actually her type. Which turns out to be the sexy editor at a publishing house who wants to publish her blog. I thought it was nice to see Claire gradually gain confidence, in herself, in asking for what she wants sexually and what it means to be in a relationship and that Luca helps her get there. I thought it was really sweet and just the right amount of sexiness.
Salvaged by Jay Crownover
As I said, there is something very ...addictive about the way Jay Crownover writes. But I can't stand the way she writes about and dramatises stories of abuse and trauma. I can't stand it. So while I did mostly enjoy this story and I read it quickly, I could only ever give it three stars because there's no reason whatsoever to make the choices she does in writing Poppy's story. None.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
I really loved how abrasive she is. Eleanor at the start of the book was howl-inducing but even as she softens, there was this straight to the point, don't give any fucks vibe to her that I really dug.
Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
Has there ever been a more gorgeous book than Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman?! I'm not sure there has been. I loved every second of this book. All the longing and nostalgia, each tiny build-up in attraction between Elio and Oliver. I wasn't prepared for the level of intensity that I got with this story.
I loved the Italian setting of the book and this circle of intellectuals that surround the two main characters. But it was the romance between the two of them that consumed my whole being. I couldn't get enough of it. Such yearning, such longing. Such intimacy once they both give in to how they feel for each other. Not long after reading this I watched the film and now I have an inappropriate crush on Timothee Chalamet.
Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
There was something quite ...subtle about this book. It isn't showy or flashy. There isn't a great deal that happens either. It's about a girl, Eilis, who ends up immigrating to the US in the 1950s as there is very little for her in Ireland. She ends up slowly adjusting to life in Brooklyn but misses home. It's a book about straddling different cultures and leaving home. I felt homesick and confused along with Eilis. I can imagine this book won't be for everyone but I highly enjoyed it.
Do you ever read outside your preferred genres?