The Book Review : February

Book Review : Flatlay of The diary of a bookseller and two can keep a secret on a star bedding background

I’m going to use the excuse that February was a very short month and that’s why I only got two books read! February was a strange month and a lot of things happened and it went SO FAST that there was literally no time to read!

The diary of a bookseller by Shaun Bythell

I was really excited to read this as I’ve heard so much about Wigtown (the book town) and it’s famous bookshop. This book is written by the bookshop owner about a year in the life of a bookseller.

Whilst I did find this book funny at times and well written, I struggled to properly get into it. I think it was because there was no overarching storyline – it was just what happens in the bookshop. Whilst it offered insight, it’s not necessarily a book which has you hooked.

It wasn’t that I disliked the book, I did find it funny. However, I wasn’t hooked and it didn’t leave me thinking about it after. I was actually quite pleased to have finished it.

⭐️⭐️ 2.5/5

Two can keep a secret by Karen M McManus

Last year I read McManus’ first book, one of us is lying, and I was hooked. Her second novel is just as good (I actually preferred it to her first).

The book is set 5 years after the murder of a homecoming queen. Ellery moves to Echo Ridge with her twin brother to live with their Grandmother. Her aunt went missing 17 years ago and Ellery has always had an interest in true crime stories. She wants to know the truth about what happened in both the cases but as soon as she comes to town, another girl goes missing.

This book had me HOOKED. I read it in two sittings because I just needed to know what happened next. It was really well written, had some great twists along the way and an ending which left me speechless!

I genuinely was thinking about this book for a while afterwards because it was that good!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.5/5

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