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Book Review: The Switch by Beth O’Leary | Blogmas Day 3

Hey guys!
Today is day 3 of my 12 days of Blogmas!

Synopsis:

Leena is too young to feel stuck.
Eileen is too old to start over.
Maybe it’s time for The Switch…

Ordered to take a two-month sabbatical after blowing a big presentation at work, Leena escapes to her grandmother Eileen’s house for some overdue rest. Newly single and about to turn eighty, Eileen would like a second chance at love. But her tiny Yorkshire village doesn’t offer many eligible gentlemen… So Leena proposes a solution: a two-month swap. Eileen can live in London and look for love, and Leena will look after everything in rural Yorkshire.

But with a rabble of unruly OAPs to contend with, as well as the annoyingly perfect – and distractingly handsome – local schoolteacher, Leena learns that switching lives isn’t straightforward. Back in London, Eileen is a huge hit with her new neighbours, and with the online dating scene. But is her perfect match nearer to home than she first thought?

My thoughts:

TW/CW: Loss of family member, Cancer, Grief, Cheating

This took me a little bit to get into (mainly because uni is chaotic) but I was super invested in both the characters from the start! I loved the dual perspective, it was a nice contrast, especially having young and old protagonists. I loved Eileen and Lena, both were great characters with great character development and story arcs.

The best way to describe this book is probably wholesome. It’s so sweet and adorable. It has humour, friendships and relationships, all written so so well. I literally loved every character and the side characters were equally as a enjoyable as the main.

Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a romance novel though, it has romance in it but it’s not the central plot. It focuses mainly on family relationships and friendships with some dating thrown in there, the romance comes mainly towards the end. This book is kind of women’s fiction rather than romance.

I didn’t enjoy it as much as The Flatshare, but still thoroughly enjoyed reading this. I felt more hooked and invested when reading The Flatshare. This wasn’t quite as gripping but the writing style is still really lovely to read. It’s laugh out loud funny, it’s sweet and emotional in place. The ending had me a little emosh.

As with The Flatshare, it deals with some heavier topics. The Switch deals with grief amazingly well. The author perfectly balances the heavy topics with lightness but in a respectful way. It’s not brushed over or underdeveloped at all. The grief was very realistic and relatable. This could be a potential trigger for some people.

I also listened to some of this on audiobook – the narrators are really good and engaging. I almost enjoyed it more than actually reading it. I switched back and forth and I loved both. If you’re looking for a new audiobook, then I highly recommend listening to this!

I cannot wait for Beth O’Leary’s next book. It’s safe to say she is now an auto-buy author for me. I love her writing and her humour is right up my alley. Her books are such a joy to read, if you’re looking for something to cheer you up, pick up The Switch.

Rating: 4 Stars

*Audiobook provided by Libro.fm in exchange for an honest review. I purchased the physical copy for myself.

Have you read The Switch? What did you think?

Blogmas · Books · TBR

December TBR | Blogmas Day 2

Welcome to Blogmas Day 2!


Today I’m doing my TBR for the month… I never do TBRs because I can never stick to them. Let’s hope I actually can this time. There’s quite a few books I want to squeeze in before the end of the year, but unfortunately, I have deadlines in January so I won’t be able to read tons. I’ll try and make this TBR realistic haha.

Wrapped Up in You by Talia Hibbert

Wrapped Up In You - Talia Hibbert

I love Talia Hibbert and I’ve wanted to read a festive book literally every year and I never get around to it. I’m finally doing! PLUS, I’m actually reading it for Maddy’s (MissMaddyChats) Book Club; BookyChats! I will also be reviewing it once I finish, so look out for that.

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black, Rovina Cai  | Waterstones

This book is so stunning. It’s actually my current read but I thought I’d mention it anyway!

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue Export Edition

I have seen nothing but amazing things about this, I need to pick it up. I have been meaning to read more Schwab for ages now, I’m starting with this!

Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson

Dance of Thieves (Dance of Thieves, #1) by Mary E. Pearson

I’ve been wanting to read this for like a year now. I’m going to finally pick it up this month. I loved The Remnant Chronicles and cannot wait to be back in that world!

…If I read anything more than this, that would be amazing, but I don’t want to set myself up for failure so this is all I am anticipating reading!

What’s on your TBR this month? Are you trying to cram in as many reads as possible?

Blogmas · Books · Wrap-up

November Wrap Up 2020 | Blogmas Day 1

Hey guys!
Happy December!
I literally cannot believe we’re in December. This has been such a fast year yet has also dragged?! Such an odd year.
I’ll be doing 12 days of Blogmas, so I’ll be posting every other day up until christmas eve!

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio Races (Unabridged) - Maggie Stiefvater - Audiobook - BookBeat

Starting off the month with this audiobook, I thought it was fitting to start reading this on November 1st, since the races happen on that day. I’ve been wanting to read this for a while and I did enjoy it, it’s not a new favourite or anything.
Rating: 3.5 Stars


A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova

A Deal with the Elf King (Married to Magic, #1) by Elise Kova

I LOVED THIS!!!
Rating: 5 Stars // Review here


Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Sing, Unburied, Sing Jesmyn Ward - Pages of Hackney - Webshop

This was for uni. I didn’t really enjoy it, to be completely honest.


Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Listen Free to Coraline by Neil Gaiman with a Free Trial.

This was seriously creepy and weird but entertaining. I love Neil Gaiman’s writing and narration!
Rating: 3.5 Stars


Voyage of the Sable Venus and other poems by Robin Coste Lewis

Voyage Of The Sable Venus: Amazon.co.uk: Lewis, Robin Coste: 9781101875438:  Books

Another uni book… this time a poetry collection.
Me and poetry don’t mix. I’ll leave it at that.


The Switch by Beth O’Leary

The Switch by Beth O'Leary

Ended the month on a high! I loved The Switch!
Rating: 4 Stars / Review coming soon