Since June is my birthday month (A week today to be exact!)… my TBR is full of some of my favourite books… books I am taking inspiration for birthday plans/gifts from and books I have just not got round to reading yet… leaving 23 in the best way possible. Surrounded by books.
First up on my June TBR was one I started re-reading back in May with the beautiful Heidi and Daisy. However finishing came over into June and it just had to be included. Review coming this week.
From the moment Marion first lays eyes on Tom – her best friend’s big brother, broad, blond, blue-eyed – she is smitten. And when he comes home from National Service to be a policeman, Marion, a newly qualified teacher, is determined to win him. Unable to acknowledge the signs that something is amiss, she plunges into marriage, sure that her love is enough for both of them…
But Tom has another life, another equally overpowering claim on his affections. Patrick, a curator at the Brighton Museum, is also besotted with his policeman, and opens Tom’s eyes to a world previously unknown to him. But in an age when those of ‘minority status’ were condemned by society and the law, it is safer for this policeman to marry his teacher. The two lovers must share him, until one of them breaks and three lives are destroyed.
Unfolding through the dual narratives of Marion and Patrick, both writing about the man at the centre of their lives, this beautifully-told, painful, tragic story is revealed.It is a tale of wasted years, misguided love and thwarted hope, of how at a time when the country was on the verge of change so much was still impossible.
Devil Wears Prada:
If you have been here a while you will know I have read this book several times, but in times I want a little comfort from my favourite characters, a little drama and omg as much New York as possible this is one of the go twos. Yes I will rewatch the movie after finishing this.
Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, lands the job “a million girls would die for.” Hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the high-profile, fabulously successful editor of “Runway “magazine, Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts “Prada! Armani! Versace!” at every turn, a world populated by impossibly thin, heart-wrenchingly stylish women and beautiful men clad in fine-ribbed turtlenecks and tight leather pants that show off their lifelong dedication to the gym. With breathtaking ease, Miranda can turn each and every one of these hip sophisticates into a scared, whimpering child.
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA gives a rich and hilarious new meaning to complaints about “The Boss from Hell.” Narrated in Andrea’s smart, refreshingly disarming voice, it traces a deep, dark, devilish view of life at the top only hinted at in gossip columns and over Cosmopolitans at the trendiest cocktail parties. From sending the latest, not-yet-in-stores Harry Potter to Miranda’s children in Paris by private jet, to locating an unnamed antique store where Miranda had at some point admired a vintage dresser, to serving lattes to Miranda at precisely the piping hot temperature she prefers, Andrea is sorely tested each and every day—and often late into the night with orders barked over the phone. She puts up with it all by keeping her eyes on the prize: a recommendation from Miranda that will get Andrea a top job at any magazine of her choosing. As things escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, however, Andrea begins to realize that the job a million girls would die for may just kill her. And even if she survives, she has to decide whether or not the job is worth the price of her soul.
This is one I am yet to read.
Liberty Chapman had a difficult childhood. The oldest of four kids, she tried to protect them from their violent father until one day he murdered their mother and got sent down.
What was left of the family rattled through the care system, bouncing from foster placement to care home. Liberty would have probably ended up on drugs, or dead, or worse if it hadn’t been for a ballsy solicitor who told her to get her act together.So that’s what she did. She kept her nose clean, got an education.
And look at her now. New name, new accent, new town. The past is far behind her and she’s concentrating on her own legal career. She has a Porsche, a house in Hampstead… and then one morning her boss asks her to do a favour. He wants her to go to Leeds, to get an important client’s son off an assault charge.
But Leeds is in Liberty’s past. And once she hits town, the past slaps her in the face… and pulls her back into what she worked so hard to leave behind.
Bridget Jones’s Diary:
Strap yourselves in my darlings it is another re-read of one of my favourite books. The irony of watching and reading Bridget Jones for the first time, and having the feeling of I do not want that to be me. Now as a running joke being the only single woman in your friendship group with an obsession with All By Myself and deciding in fact being Bridget Jones wouldn’t be all that bad. Let’s be honest she’s a kick-ass woman with some incredibly funny stories and some amazing friends.
Meet Bridget Jones—a 30-something Singleton who is certain she would have all the answers if she could:
a. lose 7 pounds
b. stop smoking
c. develop Inner Poise
“123 lbs. (how is it possible to put on 4 pounds in the middle of the night? Could flesh have somehow solidified becoming denser and heavier? Repulsive, horrifying notion), alcohol units 4 (excellent), cigarettes 21 (poor but will give up totally tomorrow), number of correct lottery numbers 2 (better, but nevertheless useless)…”
Bridget Jones’ Diary is the devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud daily chronicle of Bridget’s permanent, doomed quest for self-improvement — a year in which she resolves to: reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1.5 inches, visit the gym three times a week not just to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult, and learn to program the VCR.
Maybe This Time:
This one has been on my shelf needing to be read forever. Bought for me by one of my closest friends because she felt like I would love the story. After letting go of some past feelings that had me feeling like I could not deal with the story it is now time to read it. I AM EXCITED.
When Mimi first visits her dad’s new home in the Cotswolds, she quickly falls in love with Goosebrook and its inhabitants. (Well, maybe not rude Henrietta, who lets Mimi walk miles in the rain rather than give her a lift.) There’s Paddy, with his flashing eyes and seductive charm. Friendly and funny Lois makes her laugh. And seriously gorgeous Cal is welcoming and charismatic. Mimi would be more than happy to return to Goosebrook if it means bumping into him again…
Time passes and Mimi comes and goes, and concentrates on her career. Yet as their lives continue to intersect over the years and emotions (or relationships) become tangled, it’s Cal who makes her feel most welcome whenever she does return to Goosebrook. But if he’s The One, will it ever be the right time for them both?
As you can see there are other books on the June TBR but this post would have gone on forever.
What are you all reading this June?