Reading Round-Up post

I have been reading loads lately and I’m always really eager to write up blog posts and review/share the books that I’ve been reading with you all. So here is a wee handful of books that I have read lately:


Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella
I was sent this book to read from the fabulous Tabitha (@TabithaLoves_) as we are both big book lovers and have agreed to send one another books from time to time. Book swaps are so much fun: You often find that people send you something that you wouldn’t normally pick up yourself. It’s really interesting! ‘Remember Me?’ was such an enjoyable read. I had never read any of Sophie Kinsella’s books before so this was a first for me. In a nutshell, this book is about a girl called Lexi, who wakes up in a hospital and discovers that she has Amnesia and can not remember the past 3 years of her life. She remembers herself being not very popular, not very pretty and not very well-off. When she wakes up she has a rich husband, a fancy house, an expensive car and an incredible job. She can not believe her luck. As time goes on, Lexi begins to dislike this new lifestyle, and realises that this exquisite lifestyle isn’t really her; she wants her old life back. She begins to try and win back her old friends and tries to get some normality back in to her life. This is a very fast-paced, quirky and humorous read. I would highly recommend this book. I would rate this book a 4/5.



Trafficked by Sophie Hayes
This book received so many negative reviews on ‘GoodReads’ and I just can not fathom why; it is a story, from a brave young lady, who has been through an absolutely dreadful experience in life. She decided to share this unfortunate time from her past in order to help other people and open their eyes to the world we live in – is that really so bad? Sophie’s story is deeply saddening and extremely moving. She tells us about the life she lived before she was trafficked by the horrific ‘Kas’. She lived such a normal life up until this moment in her life: that is what makes it so terrifying – it could happen to anyone. She talks us through the abuse (both mental and physical) that Kas put her through whilst selling her on the streets. She goes in to detail about the things he put her through, people she met along the way and how she got away from the vile man that tried to ruin her life. We also learn about how Sophie has been picking up the pieces ever since and how she got the help she so desperately needed but never thought she would receive. I gave this book a 4/5 stars and will definitely be sending it on to someone else for them to read as I believe Sophie’s story should be heard by everyone.


Nip ‘n’ Tuck by Kathy Lette
To be honest, this book just wasn’t for me. I’ve read 3 and a half chapters and I just can’t seem to get in to it at all. I can’t give a review on this book for that reason but I will give you a brief synopsis of what the book entails. Basically it’s about a girl who thinks her life is pretty good until she loses her job to a younger journalist and her husband to an actress who is the definition of perfection. Apparently the protagonist, Lizzie, considers undergoing surgery to win her man back as he works in a cosmetic surgery clinic? Yeah… I just can’t grasp it and it isn’t really for me. However, I will send it on to someone else for them to read as it may just not be my style. I’d have to rate this book a 1/5 as I just couldn’t get in to it all.

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
I’m going to find it difficult to find the words to actually sum up my opinions of this book: Let’s just say I found it strangely incredible. I didn’t expect to become so enthralled by this book but I found myself being unable to put it down. Forbidden introduces us to Lochan and Maya who are not only best friends – but siblings too. Lochan and Maya are essentially the parents of the household and care for their 2 younger brothers and younger sister as their mother is a drunk and barely spends any time at home – it has always been this way. As the story unfolds we learn that Lochan and Maya are actually in love with one another and want nothing more than to be together: in every sense of the word. However because of their circumstances this evidently isn’t going to be easy. They find ways to be together intimately and secretly and still run the family home and carry out normal day to day life living together as brother and sister. But how long can they keep this up? Forbidden is such an intense read, you root for the characters even though you know what they are doing is wrong, in the words of the front cover: How can something so wrong feel so right? It is such an emotional rollercoaster to read and really messes with your head. Forbidden deals with the subject of incest, neglect, love, friendship, responsibility and a variety of other topics. This book does not try and convince you that incest is acceptable or right but simply tells the story of two young souls who long to be together – the only thing stopping them is that their mother gave birth to them both… highly recommend!
Have you read any of these books? Or have you read any other books from these authors? I’d love to hear from you.
Charlene McElhinney
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  1. January 15, 2017 / 10:44 pm

    Forbidden and Trafficked sound like good reads! Xxx

  2. January 16, 2017 / 9:13 am

    I love Sophie Kinsella! My favorite apart from the shopaholic series is “I’ve got your number”, such a fun read! You should read it next!! xx


    • January 16, 2017 / 11:56 pm

      It was my first time reading a Sophie Kinsella book and thoroughly enjoyed it – thank you for the recommendations will definitely check them out! Really liked Sophie’s style of writing!

      Thanks for dropping by my blog.
      Charlene McElhinney

    • January 18, 2017 / 1:05 am

      I loved it chick, thank you so much!
      Woo, I look forward to it! Book swaps have introduced me to so many incredible books that I would never have picked up for myself! I’ve sent Remember Me off to someone else now! ♥

      Thanks for dropping by my blog!

      Charlene McElhinney X

  3. January 17, 2017 / 10:30 pm

    I really like the sound of Forbidden, it doesn’t sound like any book Ive read before!
    Im currently reading Bridget Jones Diary, I find it hard to find time to read whilst at home so Ive gotten into the habit of reading on my lunch breaks at work! Kind of makes me look forward to going to work!
    – Kirsty xo

  4. January 18, 2017 / 3:29 am

    I’ve been getting into reading more recently, great reviews of these books, I’m really intrigued by Forbidden and Remember Me. I need to definitely get my hands on both, thanks for sharing dear.

    Tajinder |

    • January 19, 2017 / 7:28 pm

      Hey lovely,

      Definitely get your hands on Forbidden! It will steal your heart. It’s incredible.

      Thanks for dropping by my blog hun. Can’t wait for you to read them so we can discuss them.

      Charlene McElhinney x

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