Chapter: May Book Reviews

May meant reading a large variety of books for this month, from happiness tips, to a biography but with of course a thriller or two as well. If you need some inspiration for your reading shelf then check out my Chapter: May Book Reviews. If you like what you see, you can click on the link to purchase!

The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin

Synopsis from The Book Depository

Chapter May Book Reviews | Serensays.comThe Happiness Project describes one person’s year-long attempt to discover what leads to true contentment. Drawing at once on cutting-edge science, classical philosophy, and real-world applicability, Rubin has written an engaging, eminently relatable chronicle of transformation.

I attempted to read this book a few years ago and for some reason gave up on it, clearly my mind wasn’t in the right space because I recently re-read it (a friend had commented she had read it and it reminded me I still had it on my shelf) and really enjoyed it.

I am a grump and a complainer, sometimes I forget this and this book reminded me that I complain too much and I take things for granted. On the flip side it also backed up why I felt happier when things are clean and tidy. I’ve since also starting listening to the podcast, and it has so many little things to try, such as the one minute rule. I’m now even using this in my day-to-day life, the idea is that if it can take less than a minute and it’ll make life easier just do it. For example, hang up your coat instead of throwing it on a chair.

It also inspired me to work and spend energy on things I enjoy doing, during reading this I got my blogging inspiration back and I started having new ideas and joining more blog groups.

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Behind Closed Doors – B. A. Paris

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Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows. Sometimes, the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.

Yes it’s a thriller, what a surprise! Yet another book where I devoured it promptly over a few days, it was terrifying but also compulsive reading and even now I can’t get it out my head. I actually wish it had been a bit longer or explored a bit more from one of the minor character’s point of views, which is hard to explain without giving anything away.

If you really loved Lying in Wait from my August book reviews then you’ll love this too.

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The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith
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Synopsis from The Book Depository

When a troubled supermodel falls to her death from the balcony of her London home, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts and calls in private detective Cormoran Strike to investigate. Strike is a war veteran–wounded both physically and psychologically–and his private life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model’s world, the darker things get and the closer he comes to terrible danger.

I didn’t realise until I started reading this that the author is a pseudonym for none other than J.K Rowling. Turns out she can also write a damn good old fashioned murder mystery as well. I could not put this book down, train journeys and lunch breaks simply weren’t long enough.

As you read you are given just enough to keep on reading, a little clue dropped here and there, however not enough to easily work it out a mere half way through. I didn’t see this ending coming at all, the author leads you down one path as a way to lure you off track but personally I couldn’t of predicted the way the story would finish. Read this if you love a good old fashioned detective thriller.

The best part is that there are two more books!

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 Bossy Pants – Tina Fey

Synopsis from The Book Depository

Chapter May Book Reviews | Serensays.comBefore Liz Lemon, before “Weekend Update,” before “Sarah Palin,” Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey’s story can be told.

A work mate lent me this book, and I probably wouldn’t pick it myself as biographies aren’t one of my chosen genres however I did end up enjoying it. The book is an easy read with lots of laughs in the classic Tina Fey style. One of the reasons I enjoyed this book was because she talks a lot about her rise to comedic superstar from a female perspective. It gave me a new respect for her and her sisters of comedy (she’s worked with and is friends with most of the best female comedians) and I enjoy watching 30 Rock a lot more!

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What has been your favourite book you’ve read in May? Or do any of the above books in the May Book Reviews appeal to you?

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