Book Club: 2 Brilliant Books I’ve Read This Year


I have always been an avid reader (hence a book club section on my blog) but this year I have really upped my reading game and have managed to devour one book after the other. In this months book club post I am going to be sharing with you 2 absolutely brilliant books I have read this year. When I say brilliant, I mean so brilliant that when I finished each one, I wanted to read on and on and on.

FRIEND REQUEST (By Laura Marshall)

When I first saw this book, I knew I had to read it. I have such a fascination with social media and how it has become an everyday normal to be on it. As much as social media fascinates me, it also terrifies me because you don’t know who/what is lurking behind that profile that follows you.

Friend Request is about Louise Williams, who is a single mother to four year old Henry. It’s an ordinary day when Louise receives an email that will change her life: Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook … But guess what? Maria Weston is dead! It is from here, that you instantly get pulled it and you never want to put the book down. Louise has absolutely no idea who is behind this Maria Weston profile but all she knows is that if the truth comes out, her life is ruined!

The story line really gets you thinking … Is someone playing a joke on Louise? Could Maria possibly be alive still? Or what has Louise done that she feels so guilty about all of this?

Well, I am not going to tell you because you have to read this book for yourself!

Friend Request is brilliant and definitely one of my favourite reads of this year. Not only is it suspenseful with a great story but it brings up issues which are so relevant to what’s happening in the world today – how dangerous social media can be! It also brings up issues of friendship, marriage and more.

The book is full of mystery, suspense, real world issues and has easy relatable characters. It’s definitely a must read!


Celeste Ng is now one of my favourite authors just from reading Little Fires Everywhere. She has another book called Everything I Never Told You which is downloaded on my Kindle waiting to be read.

Little Fires Everywhere opens to a scene in the immediate aftermath of a house fire, at the Richardson’s house, a well-off family living in the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights. The story then rewinds to the previous summer, and works its way through events and happenings leading back up to the fire the book opened with.

On the surface, both families in the book look like your typical family with normal family dynamics but the more you read the more you get to explore their backgrounds and upbringing. All of this contributes to the absolutely brilliant story!

I also loved how each character plays a role leading up to the climax of the story line. The author does a fantastic job exposing each characters personality which contributes to choices made throughout the story.

So if you’re looking for a terrific story, with great character development and beautiful writing, get yourself a copy of Little Fires Everywhere. It’s a book that when you finish, you sad to leave the characters behind!


  1. I’ve read Little Fires Everywhere – and loved it!! Did I recommend it to you?? hahaha!
    But going to have Jono download friend request for me. Sounds like a goodie!

  2. Going to be looking for both of these at my local library. Like you, I love books that raise issues regarding social media and all that lies beyond the perfect lives portrayed.


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