Isolation Diaries: More Isolation Reads!

Hey you beauties!

How’re we all doing? Are we still surviving the restrictions that are in place? Have you managed to go and see your loved ones, at a social distance? I hope you have, and if you haven’t, it won’t be long until you can ❤

I thought I would do another post taking you through some more of the books I have read in isolation! I have found a lovely balance of reading and doing my other hobbies too, and I am thrilled about it, so I truly hope it stays with me after lockdown is officially over! It has been so lovely to rekindle my love of reading again, so here are some more books I have read during lockdown and my thoughts on them!

Elizabeth is Missing – Emma Healey 

This book was quite honestly one of the best books I have read it a long time. It was such a heartbreaking story that had so many different facets of emotion embedded into it. It had plenty of humour, heartwarming moments, but was intermingled with so many different versions of sadness too. It truly was an emotional roller-coaster, but it was absolutely brilliant.

This story follows the story of Maud in the present, and also dips into her childhood. Maud is an older woman who has started to struggle with memory loss, she struggles to remember what she has done, why she has done it, or where she has been. But she is sure of one thing, her friend Elizabeth is missing. This story dips into a story from Maud’s past that follows her into her adulthood, and gives so much depth to the book.

This book was heartwarming, heartbreaking, funny, sad and loving. It truly covers so many different aspects of life, it discusses with a lot of reality and clarity the struggles of dealing with memory loss, and gives you the mystery of her childhood which seeps into her adulthood to keep you hooked throughout.

I gave this book 5* on GoodReads, and it truly deserves that ranking. It was absolutely brilliant and I recommend it highly.

The Batman Adventures: Mad Love – Paul Dini 

This was my first ever comic book read and I’m not gonna lie, it didn’t disappoint! Kyle bought me this for Christmas a couple of years ago as he knew I loved the character Harley Quinn, and this comic is her introduction into the world of Gotham.

It was an incredibly quick read, but the artwork alone made me stop and stare for a long time. The artwork truly tells the story in the most beautiful way, and I didn’t fully expect to be sucked into a comic book like I am with literature books. However, this one really surprised me and I will definitely be reading more in the future!

This comic tells the tale of Harley Quinzel and her journey to working at Arkham Asylum, meeting the infamous Joker and turning into the beautiful psychopath we all know and love, Harley Quinn.

If you haven”t read a comic before and you have watched a film, TV show or heard of a story you think might hook you in, just try reading one. The artwork is stunning, the story is beautifully told and I was honestly pretty hooked by it!

I gave this little beauty 4* on GoodReads, I would definitely read another in the future. The artwork has me hooked!

The Secret – Katerina Diamond 

As it is me, it would not be a reading spree without having a solid crime book thrown in there. I love crime, true crime, thrillers, psychological thrillers for genres, so this book was right up my alley!

This book follows the story of Imogen Grey who is a Police Detective, it follows her story in the present and her story from a few years prior. It is a mystery that pieces together Imogen’s past with her present, and she is trying to to solve the crimes that happened in her past and in her present, and solve the murders. You also get a slight bonus of some love interests along the way, but I appreciated the crime aspect way more, not gonna lie! This book has a lot of gore descriptions, keeps you solidly hooked all the way through and is a true classic crime novel.
As you’re following her two storylines you are desperate to find out how they end up interlinking, and this book did not disappoint with the amount of twists and turns it took and how fast paced it was. I don’t want to say too much as I don’t want to ruin it, but this was a very good crime read and I am going to treat myself to the authors other novels as this one was fabulous!

I gave this book 5* on GoodReads, I absolutely loved it and was hooked from cover to cover. I will definitely be picking up some more books by Katerina Diamond in the future!

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – Suzanne Collins 

As a lover of the Hunger Games trilogy I was excited to hear that a prequel was being released by Suzanne Collins.

The book follows Coriolanus through his life at the Academy and being chosen to be a mentor for the female tribute from District 12, Lucy Grey. The book follows the start of the Hunger Games, the way we know them from the original trilogy, gives you some history of how they were created and the impact the war had on not only the Districts but the Capitol itself.
It is really interesting to see the series of events that turns Coriolanus from a young Capitol boy into the villain we know from the Hunger Games. The history behind the games, the scenarios leading up to Coriolanus’ future self and the reality of what the Hunger Games are and how they came about is truly painted within this book.

However, although it was a good read for the most part, I do think it could have been a lot shorter than it was. I feel like a lot of focus was put onto certain characters in the book that didn’t have a huge part to play in the overarching story, as well as some story lines that could have easily been removed or at least cut down. I also feel like the book went off on unnecessary tangents relatively frequently. It was good, but definitely could have been condensed to make it more fast paced and interesting. Some chapters definitely felt more like a chore than a joy to get through, sadly.

I gave this book 3* on GoodReads, it was good but needed to be shorter. It dragged some story lines and characters out longer than necessary which I found increasingly frustrating as I was working my way through..

So there you have it, my friends! Here are yet more books I have read during lockdown and what my thoughts are on them! Have you been reading a lot during lockdown? If so, what have you enjoyed the most? I have read some fab books, but unfortunately some not so great ones did sneak into the mix 😉

I hope you all have a wonderful week and are staying safe! It won’t be long until we can run free, see our friends and go to a cafe and grab a coffee I don’t think! So hold onto that if you’re week isn’t so fab and I hope the next will be better ❤

Lots of love, and talk soon,

Laura xo

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