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Top 10 Books I read in London

From January to May 2022, I spent my semester living in London and traveling around Europe. This meant lots of reading time on planes, trains, buses, and the London Underground. Of course I picked up some great books along the way! Here’s ten of my favorite reads from this semester.

In London and looking for a great book? Check out my favorite bookshops in the city.

10. Love at First Fight by Mary Jayne Baker

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

A modern retelling of Shakespeare’s most iconic comedies, Much Ado About Nothing. With comedic characters and a goofy enemies-to-lovers, this one is a sweet read for romance fans. Read my full review here.

9. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Rating: 4 out of 5.
  • Buy the book here
  • Page count: 376
  • Genre: Contemporary, Fiction
  • Content warnings: intimate partner violence / domestic abuse, violence,mentions of suicide, mentions of depression, attempted rape

A story about intimate partner violence and breaking the cycle of abuse. Read my full review here.

8. On Chapel Sands by Laura Cumming

Rating: 4 out of 5.
  • Buy the book here
  • Page Count: 320
  • Genre: Nonfiction, Memoir, True Crime

A woman investigates the circumstances of her mother’s mysterious childhood kidnapping. The investigation draws on interesting questions about the positions of women in British society throughout recent history.

7. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The popular enemies-to-romance book shines through its smart dialogue and lovable leads. Read my full review here.

6. Jewels of the Sun by Nora Roberts

Rating: 4 out of 5.

An American woman moves to a small Irish village to escape her overwhelming life at home, and ends up on a magical journey of self discovery and romance. This one was sweet, heartwarming, and sometimes a bit overly romantic in depictions of life in Ireland. I actually picked this title without knowing what book it was first, which was a neat adventure. .Read my full review here.

5. The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

A steamy coworker romance with a trip to a Spanish Wedding at the end. Perfect for fans of the enemies to lovers trope. Read my full review here.

4. Count Your Lucky Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

Rating: 5 out of 5.
  • Buy the book here
  • Page Count: 384
  • Genre: Romance, fiction, contemporary, LGBTQ+ fiction

A long lost friends to lovers romance between the wedding planner and a member of thee bridal party! Made me laugh many times. Read my full review here.

3. Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A cutting, powerful, and delightfully humorous memoir from the late actress Carrie Fisher. I don’t think it is possible for me to read something by Carrie Fisher and not love it.

2. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Rating: 5 out of 5.
  • Buy the book here.
  • Page Count: 433
  • Genre: Young Adult Mystery, Thriller
  • Content warning (includes some spoilers): Murder, kidnapping, animal death, and sexual assault.

This intriguing mystery follows an intelligent student doing a school project on a local murder case from five years ago. Smart, exciting, and a girl detective! Read my full review here.

1. this is how i disappear by Mirion Malle

Rating: 5 out of 5.
  • Buy the book here
  • Page count: 208
  • Genre: Graphic novel, mental health, contemporary, fiction
  • Content warning: discussions of self harm, suicide, depression, and sexual assault.

A graphic novel about a young woman living with depression. This beautiful story shows us all the importance of being kind to ourselves and others. Read my full review here.

2 thoughts on “Top 10 Books I read in London”

  1. I remember seeing the movie Postcards from the Edge, based on Carrie Fisher’s semi-autobiographical novel, and telling myself I have to read the book. I’ll be sure to pick up Shockoholic …and Postcards too.

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