April Reads and May TBR

The Echo Killing – Christi Daugherty

The Echo Killing is the first book in the Harper McClain series. It begins with Harper, a journalist reporting on a murder scene that looks identical to her mother’s murder 15 years earlier. The premise is great and I really enjoyed the twists and turns in the story. However, the book falls a little short with its one-dimensional character portrayals.

All in all, a good read but I won’t be following the rest of the series.


Clean – Juno Dawson

I really struggled with this book to start with. At the beginning of this year my aim was to read more YA fiction and I’ve really enjoyed the few YA books that I’ve read so far this year. Clean centres around Lexi Volkov, a teen socialite with a drug problem. The start of the novel felt a little forced and stereotypical of rich kids but the themes of drugs, relapse and identity really made the book a worthwhile read. I love that YA fiction is talking about the hard topics in a way that’s accessible and by the end of the book I was really rooting for Lexi.


Only Child – Rhiannon Nevin

Wow. This novel is easily in my top reads so far this year. I’m a sucker for books written from the perspective of a child. Room and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close are some of my favourites, and now I’ll be adding Only Child to that list.

6-year-old Zach hides in the cloakroom while a shooter guns down his schoolmates. It sounds like a tragic read, and it is, but it’s also funny and moving and just a beautiful way of viewing loss from a child’s eyes.

I’m not usually a teary-eyed reader but Only Child really broke me and I loved it.

This month I’m aiming to read Oliver Loving, Census and Our Kind of Cruelty. Let me know if you’ve read and loved any!

Rachel x-x-x


What Makes Me Add A Book to My TBR?

I like to think my TBR says a lot about me as a person. From a quick look at the far too many books on it, it’s pretty easy to see the kinds of books I pick out time and time again.

So here are some book features that always make me add to my To Be Read pile.

It’s by an author I love

Jodi Picoult, Kazuo Ishiguro, Chuck Palahniuk, Linwood Barclay, Harlan Coben, Susan Hill. Anything new by any of these authors as well as loads that I can’t think of right now, go straight on my TBR. I might not read them right away (Read: for years) but I’m always desperate to get them on my bookshelf.

The synopsis says it’s got a ‘twist you won’t see coming.’

I am a sucker for any book that states a ‘killer twist, but when you read as many thriller books as I do, they’re either really easy to predict or really not that much of a twist. But it doesn’t stop me wanting to read anything that suggests it’s going to surprise me.

It’s Terrifying

As a child I would always shy away from anything remotely scary. I hated scary books because I thought the characters might crawl out of the book and get me, especially if the front cover was scary, in which case it would have to be turned over so they couldn’t get out so easily (Vivid imagination…) But now I cannot get enough of scary books. A book that I know I won’t be able to read at night because it’s so terrifying is exactly what I want on my TBR.

It’s Non-Fiction

I never used to be into non-fiction. I thought it was dry and boring and wondered why anyone could possibly pick up a non-fiction book when there were so many novels to be reading. But time has changed me and now it’s rare that I will choose a fiction book over a non-fiction.

It’s mental health related

Fiction or non-fiction, I don’t care. If it’s mental health, healthcare or psychology related it’s going on my TBR. I love anything to do with the mind and besides, I can pretend that sinking into the sofa with a book is ‘work’ when it’s about mental health.

It’s a stand-alone novel

A bizarre pet hate of mine are book series. I know, I know, am I even a book lover? But there’s just something about them that I don’t like. When I finish a book, I like to be done with the characters and move onto something new. You’ll rarely catch me with a book series on my TBR.

What kinds of books always make it onto your TBR? Do you see patterns in what you like to read? Let me know in the comments!

Rachel x-x-x