Wednesday, May 08, 2019

On Sophie's Shelf | April Reads

So I clearly didn't stick to the goal I set of blogging regularly, but as I've still been reading a decent amount, I wanted to try and get my monthly reviews up! I read four books in April, so although I'm still a little behind on my yearly goal, I didn't fall any further behind. Here are the four books I read this month...

The World is Full of Divorced Women by Jackie Collins ★★★

If you saw my March post, you'll know that this is the book that I got in the My Book Moments box. It was the first Jackie Collins book that I'd read, and it was a nice, easy (but pretty trashy) read. It wasn't the usual type of book I'd pick up, and I probably wouldn't reach for another Jackie Collins too soon, but it was enjoyable enough. 

Poppy's Recipe for Life by Heidi Swain ★★★★

I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 
This was the first time that I read a Heidi Swain novel too, and honestly I'm so glad I did. The book follows Poppy, who's just moved into Nightingale Square. I now realise Nightingale Square has been the setting of some of Heidi's previous novels too, but it was easy enough to read as a stand-alone. It was such a sweet novel, and I loved seeing the development of Poppy and her neighbour Jacob's friendship, as well as her relationship with her younger brother Ryan. I'm definitely going to have to revisit Nightingale Square in the future! 
Poppy's Recipe for Life is out on the 30th May 2019.

Five Steps to Happy by Ella Dove ★★★★

I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 
This was honestly such a beautiful, uplifting read. Five Steps to Happy follows 32-year-old struggling actress Heidi, who has an unfortunate life-changing accident. Waking up in the hospital as an amputee, Heidi's only company is Maud - the elderly lady in the bed next to her. Of course, Maud has an attractive grandson called Jack, who befriends Heidi and tries to remind her that although it may not be the life she imagined, it can still be a good one. I laughed, I cried and felt incredibly uplifted. This is definitely one of my favourite books I've read in a while.
Five Steps to Happy is out on the 11th July 2019.

Almost Adults by Ali Pantony ★★★★

I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 
I'd seen a few reviews of this book before I started reading it, and was super excited to finally get round to it. Almost Adults follows the lives of four twenty-something-year-old friends Mackie, Edele, Alex and Nat (who also go by the MEAN girls). We see them navigating the struggles of adulting, whether that's a break-up, moving out or applying for a job. I loved all four characters and related to all of them in one way or another. I'd seen it compared to a grown-up version of the Georgia Nicolson series, and I couldn't agree more. If you're in that twenty-something age range, still trying to navigate your own life, this is definitely a book for you!
Almost Adults is out on e-book on the 24th June, and paperback on the 8th August 2019.

So there you have it - my four books read in April. Have you read anything great recently? Let me know!

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