Books I’ve read during quarantine

Need a good read? Take a look at my list of some must-read books I’ve read during this past weeks in quarantine. I’ve even included some poetry. Enjoy reading!

Dare To Fall – Estelle Maskame

I’ve read this book immediatly at the start of the lockdown and finished it like three days later. It’s a young adult contemporary story about a solid romance with a tantalizing helping of forbidden love. Maskame’s writing had me gripped from the start. What I loved the most about Dare to Fall was the contrast between the characters. The ending left me wanting more and in conclusion is Dare to Fall a fun, addictive love story.

MacKenzie Rivers knows the kind of impact death can have on those it leaves behind. She’s felt that grief firsthand. So when Jaden, her crush and almost-boyfriend, loses his parents in a car accident, MacKenzie steps back. It might not be the right thing to do, but with an alcoholic mother and a father who deals with their family problems by not dealing at all, self-preservation is her only option.

Then the pair meet by chance one night, reunited for the first time in months. Before MacKenzie can throw up her walls again, old feelings resurface and new memories are made. MacKenzie has missed Jaden more than anything. But can she dare to fall for the one person she’s so afraid of growing close to?

Before – Anna Todd

‘Before’ is the 5th book in the AFTER series so I recommend to read all 4 AFTER books first. 

This book has been on my reading list since 2015 (oops) and recently I finally had the time to read it. To me, this story was refreshing because I’ve been a big fan of the AFTER series. I even discoverd the story when author Anna Todd used to upload short chapters on the Wattpad website. Ever since then I’ve been reading AFTER so when this book was released, I couldn’t wait to discover all the secrets who weren’t told yet in the previous books. I love this story a lot because it gives us a glimpse of how people really are like. What Anna Todd expresses with this book is that relationships are not always puppies and rainbows, specially when people are damaged by life.

Before Hardin met Tessa he was a raging storm. During those first moments they met, he realized he needed to keep her for himself—his life depended on it. After they got together, the world would never be the same.

Hardin and Tessa’s dramatic love affair became a vortex pulling in everyone around them. For the first time these others are given voice as they appear before, during, and after the events in original After novels. Alongside them, Hardin’s account of his first encounters with Tessa—which will change what you thought you knew about the brooding boy and the angel who loved him.

The Mister – E L James

E.L. James became world famous with her Fifty Shades of Grey books, so that’s why I was sooo curious to read her new book. Although I like the concept of: lovers find each other, overcome problems and live happily ever after, in The Mister is it very boring. At least, that’s what I think. While Mr. Grey was a successful man, the main character in this story hardly did anything useful in his life. I didn’t find his character as interesting. So, in conclusion: The Mister really disappointed me. But if you’re into stories like this and you like EL James’ writing, then make sure to give it a chance.

London, 2019. Life has been easy for Maxim Trevelyan. With his good looks, aristocratic connections, and money, he’s never had to work and he’s rarely slept alone. But all that changes when tragedy strikes and Maxim inherits his family’s noble title, wealth, and estates, and all the responsibility that entails. It’s a role he’s not prepared for and one that he struggles to face. But his biggest challenge is fighting his desire for an unexpected, enigmatic young woman who’s recently arrived in England, possessing little more than a dangerous and troublesome past.

Reticent, beautiful, and musically gifted, she’s an alluring mystery, and Maxim’s longing for her deepens into a passion that he’s never experienced and dares not name. Just who is Alessia Demachi? Can Maxim protect her from the malevolence that threatens her? And what will she do when she learns that he’s been hiding secrets of his own? From the heart of London through wild, rural Cornwall to the bleak, forbidding beauty of the Balkans, The Mister is a roller-coaster ride of danger and desire that leaves the reader breathless to the very last page.

Pillow Thoughts – Courtney Peppernell

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Last but not least, some poetry. After reading Rupi Kaur’s two books of poetry, I have definitely been more intrigued to pick up and explore this genre. Both “Pillow Thoughts” books are a collection of poetry and prose about heartbreak, love and raw emotions. Peppernell explores feelings of self esteem and self worth, something that everyone has struggled with at some point in their lives. I love checking out some poems when I’m chilling in my garden, travelling by train or when I feel like I need them. You can read different parts or just read one poem at a time. And i’m definitely going to buy some more poetry books in the future.

I will end this blog post with one of my favourite quotes about reading:

‘”Tell me what you read and I’ll tell you who you are” is true enough, but I’d know you better if you told me what you reread’ – François Mauriac

Lots of love,
Sofie ♡

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