Three books to read this December

A dark, cold winters night is a great time to get into a good book. Pop a little candle on, maybe get a big bubble bath on the go. Perfect.

When it comes to books, my taste varies as much as it does when it comes to shades of lipstick. I love some chic-lit, I love a murder mystery and I love some non-fiction, history type of books. Variety is the spice of life and all that!

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Making Sense of the Troubles: A History of the Northern Ireland Conflict by David McKittrick and David McVea

I love a history book and I love even more when you get a history book that is to the point and doesn’t take things to an overly complex place – I’m an intelligent individual but I don’t want to slog through a book and spend time sitting thinking right this person was about earlier on and spoke to this person!

Making Sense of the Troubles is exactly that, to the point and without any fluff. Going from the root of the problems in the 1920s right through to 2012 and the power-sharing government. If you are interested in history and want to learn more about the massive events that took place during the troubles but don’t want to feel like you are having information thrown at you left, right and centre that is difficult to remember and understand, then this one is for you. It is packed full of what happened and looks at why without going into the authors opinions.

Who knows, there might even be another updated version coming!

Promising Young Women by Caroline O’Donaghue

This is a bit of a different turn from a history book but after Making sense of the troubles, I wanted something lighter.

I am a huge fan of Caroline O’Donaghue’s podcast – Sentimental Garbage – and was desperate to read Promising Young Women. Then the birthday fairy – my lovely mother – got me a copy as part of my birthday.

Jane is 26 and works in an advertising agency in London, she enters into an affair with a married colleague and it all spirals from there. I don’t want to give too much away because this book is full of plot twists that you don’t see coming. I read this in about a week and a half , I literally couldn’t put it down.

After reading Promising Young Women, I am very, VERY excited for Caroline O’Donaghue’s second novel coming out next year.

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

I’m half way through Conversations with Friends but despite that I am loving this book and would urge everyone to pick up a copy. There are so many rave reviews about Sally Rooney’s books but for whatever reason I put off reading them. I should have picked them up sooner.

Conversations with Friends focuses a round a foresome with 22 year old Francis starting an affair with older, married man Nick.

What are you reading this December?

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