Five for Friday – Recent Book Haul

I have been hoarding books yet again, naughty me! I know I said a post a few weeks ago Bad Bookish Habits that I would stop buying books and read more of my bookshelf TBR. But who am I kidding I am an addict and I love buying books! Book police you try and stop me! So anyway here are just five books from my recent haul.

1. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Kidd
I have seen this book so many times on social media and in book stores and it has such high praise surrounding it that I wanted to give it a read. Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. Lily is introduced to bee keeping where she begins her journey trying to understand the mystery of her late mother.

2. A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown
Dee saw this in a charity shop and said I would probably really like it. This is a memoir told by Cupcake Brown, is a heart-wrenching story of the roller coaster life Cupcake Brown had. At the age of 11 she was in foster care, she runs away and sees a life of drugs, sex and alcohol a life she unfortunately slips into and where she ends up in the world of gangsters, dealing drugs, stealing and hustling. A story of survival, strength and honesty, Cupcake Brown’s life sounds gripping.

3. Together by Julie Cohen
I’m not really one for love stories, but I do love a bargain and Together was only 99p on ibooks so I thought, why not. Though upon further reading this seems like more than the usual love story, and elderly couple who have been in love for a long time (reminds me of Disney’s UP) have a secret, they have been keeping this secret for decades and this story which is told backwards is going to uncover what they have been hiding for all those years.

4. Not Ready to Adult Yet by Iain Sterling
So I kindly got the privilege to read this book because of NetGalley, the publishers (Harper Collins) accepted my request to read it and I literally devoured it in 2x days. Iain Sterling is a stand up comedian and narrator of Love Island. He is hilarious and this book had me giggling all the way through. It was also very eye-opening and poignant, he made me think… how dare he?!! If you would like to know more read my review here.

5. The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams
Fresh from college, irrepressible Vivian Schuyler defies her wealthy Fifth Avenue family to work at cutthroat Metropolitan magazine. But this is 1964, and the editor dismisses her…until a parcel lands on Vivian’s Greenwich Village doorstep that starts a journey into the life of an aunt she never knew, who might give her just the story she’s been waiting for. Vivian investigates her aunt Violet’s disappearance and tries to uncover her secret life.

Have you read any of the books in my recent haul? What were your thoughts? Let me know I would love to chat. Thanks for reading. Katie x

PS If you want to take part in Five For Friday that would be amazing, please just tag Brunching Bookworms in your post. Thank you.

9 thoughts on “Five for Friday – Recent Book Haul

    • brunchingbookworms says:

      Oh wow thank you glad my review has persuaded you. It’s a very funny eye-opening book and his stand up show U Ok Hun is hilarious, not sure if its out on DVD but I’m sure there are clips on youtube 🤗 Let me know what you think! 😁📚


  1. battlecastnet says:

    So I kindly got the privilege to read this book because of NetGalley, the publishers (Harper Collins) accepted my request to read it and I literally devoured it in 2x days

    Wow, I didn’t even know that was a thing. Interesting that they responded to you!

    Liked by 1 person

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