Books I have read in 2017 (21 - 25).


#21 - The Light Between Oceans - M. L. Stedman 4/5

This is a period drama about a lighthouse keeper and his wife, living a remote life off the coast of Australia, who rescue a baby from a shipwreck and raise her as their own. I really enjoyed the writing and use of imagery which made it easy to picture the setting. I didn't love this book but I did really like it and it has definitely helped to spark my love of fiction again (after a spell of struggling to read anything except non fiction/self help books). If you like anything set in the past with a romantic storyline, with a feel of The Notebook, then add this to your list. 

#22 - GUT - Giulia Enders 3.5/5 (rating for audiobook version)

This book has been on my wishlist for a little while, ever since I saw a nutritional therapist and wanted to find out more about the link between the gut and immune system. I decided to listen to it as an audiobook which I'm glad I did because things got a bit heavy for me to digest (excuse the pun) halfway through and I think I would have given up on the 'proper' book. There is a lot of information to take in and long scientific words that I definitely won't remember but I found it a good book to dip in and out of taking it in stages.

The main criticism for me is the choice of narrator whose voice was like nails on a chalkboard to me, and the way her constant pausing made the sentences feel disjointed. That aside, I definitely picked up some tips on how to make changes to my own diet and gut health so it was a worthwhile listen.

#23 - I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU JUST SAID THAT! - Danny Wallace 5/5

I love Danny Wallace and I bloody loved this book. Laugh out loud funny, easy to read, and a hilarious insight into why people are so damn rude.

#24 - The Other Hand - Chris Cleave 1/5

This book was lent to me with the promise that it was "one of the best books ever". I was intrigued especially as there is no synopsis on the back cover. Just a promise that you must keep the story a secret from your friends and not to ruin the ending. I thought I was in for an absolute TREAT! I was gearing up to lend it to everyone I knew with a smug look on my face that I knew about it and they didn't. In summary, all hype no substance. Very disappointing. Didn't enjoy. Waited for something to happen (a twist, a turn, anything!) but it never came.

#25 - Divergent - Veronica Roth 4.5/5

This was my summer holiday read after I spotted it on the bookshelf in the hotel's lobby. I liked The Hunger Games series so I thought this might be my cup of tea too, and I was right. Divergent is set in a dystopian future where 16 year old Tris must make a difficult decision to remain or switch "factions", following all of the subsequent drama that ensues. This was an easy to read, couldn't put it down sort of book and I really want to read the others in the series. Sometimes a book aimed at a slightly younger reader that you can absorb easily and quickly, set in a fantasy world, is just the ticket!


  1. It's so nice to have you back Victoria! I've been a huge fan of yours since the very early days of "Lily loves Lola". I can't remember exactly how I stumbled across your blog, but I just love how every article was just so real and genuine :) Keep up the amazing work and i look forward to reading more of your stories! <3

    Lots of Love,

    1. Thanks Ana, that's very sweet :) xx

  2. I read The Light Between Oceans on a whim and it's a book that's really stuck with me as one I enjoyed. Divergent was our book club pick one month and whilst now I can't really remember too much about it, when I checked back I actually gave it a really high rating! Funny how our perceptions of books change over time x

    Lorna | Lorna, literally.

    1. I have a habit of forgetting books after a while, even when I know I really enjoyed them! My brain pushes old information out ha :) xx