5 Books Currently On My Shelf

Most of the books I read, I read in Ebook format, because it’s cheap, easier and quicker for me to read. However, I do have a few psychical books on my shelf that I really want around to reading this summer. Here is a list, and their Goodreads description.

1. Lolita- Vladimir Nabokov

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Humbert Humbert – scholar, aesthete and romantic – has fallen completely and utterly in love with Lolita Haze, his landlady’s gum-snapping, silky skinned twelve-year-old daughter. Reluctantly agreeing to marry Mrs Haze just to be close to Lolita, Humbert suffers greatly in the pursuit of romance; but when Lo herself starts looking for attention elsewhere, he will carry her off on a desperate cross-country misadventure, all in the name of Love. Hilarious, flamboyant, heart-breaking and full of ingenious word play, Lolita is an immaculate, unforgettable masterpiece of obsession, delusion and lust.

 

 

2. I Let You Go- Clare Mackintosh

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In a split second, Jenna Gray’s world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever.

Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating . . .

 

 

3. The Girls- Lisa Jewell

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Dark secrets, a devastating mystery and the games people play: the gripping new novel from the bestselling author of The House We Grew Up In and The Third Wife.

You live on a picturesque communal garden square, an oasis in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other people’s houses.

You’ve known your neighbours for years and you trust them. Implicitly.

You think your children are safe.

But are they really?

Midsummer night: a thirteen-year-old girl is found unconscious in a dark corner of the garden square. What really happened to her? And who is responsible?

Utterly believable characters, a gripping story and a dark secret buried at its core: this is Lisa Jewell at her heart-stopping best.

 

4. Don’t You Cry- Mary Kubica

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In downtown Chicago, Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her roommate Quinn Collins to question how well she really knew her friend. Meanwhile, in a small town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where eighteen-year-old Alex Gallo works as a dishwasher. He is immediately drawn to her, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more sinister.

As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under the stranger’s spell, master of suspense Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted thrill ride that builds to a stunning conclusion and shows that no matter how fast and far we run, the past always catches up with us.

 

5. The Girl In The Spider’s Web- David Lagercrantz

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She is the girl with the dragon tattoo—a genius hacker and uncompromising misfit. He is a crusading journalist whose championing of the truth often brings him to the brink of prosecution.

Late one night, Blomkvist receives a phone call from a source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female superhacker—a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well. The implications are staggering. Blomkvist, in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium, turns to Salander for help. She, as usual, has her own agenda. The secret they are both chasing is at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals, and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it . . .

The duo who captivated millions of readers in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest join forces again in this adrenaline-charged, uniquely of-the-moment thriller.

 

Let me know if any of your favorites made this list!

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The Millennium Series Review

The Millennium series has been an amazing journey for me. This series includes the books The Girl With The Dragon TattooThe Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. I started The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo a year ago and I’d complete the final in the trilogy today. This book has actually gone beyond my expectations. This series follows Mikael Blomkvist, a reporter, who in the first book his reputation is diminished when he gets a chance to redeem himself after being hired by wealthy Henrik Vanger to write a book and solve the murder 40-year-old of his niece. He attempts to accomplish this task with the help of Lisbeth Salander, who is ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’. This whole series goes way beyond what happens in the first book.

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The first book was a bit difficult to get into, mainly because this book is different from the books I normally read. It’s also a complex series that always surprised me. There is something important and interesting on every page, and there are so many characters, I had to flip back and forth sometimes to figure out who is who, which may be a bit daunting for some. This is a book to read if you need a simple book to read before bed unless you are into really intense reads.

This story is so well thought of it blew my mind.

One of the main themes in this series is the abuse of women, and how it goes unnoticed by the government, and the whole series highlights how influential individuals abuse their power. Stieg Larson presents facts about abuse against women in this book as early in the book it is established that ‘18% of the women in Sweden have at one time been threatened by a man.’ There is one scene in particular that some may find triggering. There are some critics of this book which say that it is misogynistic and too disturbing, however, in my opinion, these books are neither. Rather Larsson highlights the sadistic nature of certain events, rather than trying to romanticise in any way, and shape, therefore not saying that certain actions are right, but highlighting why these actions are wrong.

This is a series that I had to read in isolation without distractions. I started the whole series in June 2016, as part of my challenge to read 100 books in 2016. I read the final book in January 2017 and finished in July 2017, because with everything going on at university, I didn’t have the time to read something so in-depth and all encompassing. It took me a while to read the final book because I did not want the series to come to an end.

Overall, Stieg Larsson was an amazingly talented author, and I am grateful to read his work.