After what feels like forever I’ve finally got round to doing a book recommendations post!! I LOVE reading and own way too many books and I really wanted to do a blog post of my favourite books I’ve read so far and just talk through my opinions on it. I want to make this a regular thing on my blog and every couple months talk about the books I’ve read! Hope this post gives you some inspiration on what book to read next and just to get into reading in general!


I loooove this book, it’s one of those books that keep you gripped on and wanting to keep on reading to find out more about what’s happening. Local Girl Missing is about a 21 year old girl called Sophie Collier who vanishes one night and goes missing twenty one years ago and leaves nothing behind but just a trainer on the old pier and a ‘hole in the heart of her best friend Francesca”. This read is full of secrets and loads of mystery and at times when I was reading I got really confused so had to read couple pages over again to understand what’s happening. So in a nutshell, Sophie Collier vanishes one night and leaves her trainer behind on the pier and twenty one years later, in her town a body was found and Sophie’s best friend Francesca returns back to her seaside town to find out what had happened to Sophie, yet she wishes she hadn’t returned as there was things going on that was hidden from her, that scared her and even made Francesca question her family, sanity and even her life! Throughout this book there’s loads of questions that’s been kept unanswered but towards the end of the book everything becomes unraveled and all mysterious questions are answered. This is a read which I finished fairly quickly as I got into the storyline easily and it got me gripped and I finished it in a couple of days!


This is one of those books that was set back in the day like the 1800s and to be honest I thought I didn’t like books that was set in the olden era as their language and literature is different from today’s modern day language however I was wrong and I really do like reading olden era books! This book ‘Half A Sixpence’ was set it Kent back in 1800s and each section moves on couple years. It’s about a girl called Catherine Rook who is a teen girl at the beginning of the book and gets older as the book progresses. Catherine Rook comes from a wealthy family and takes her life for granted, she spends majority of her days at a village school and helping her family’s farm. As days and seasons pass by, Catherine’s father buys a threshing machine to the farm and it brings tragedy and nothing but problems to the farm and village! As the Rook family struggles with sadness and financially at one point Catherine turns to her childhood friend Matty Carter for help and comfort but suddenly had different feelings for him, as quick as their love develops and blossoms thier future was written out for them and it definitely was not what both Catherine and Matty had imagined to be. This is a great calm read full of questions, tragedy and love stories!!


Another mystery read, and this time it’s Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel. Faceless is about a girl called ‘Maisie’ when she gets involved in a terrible accident and is burnt and her face is partially destroyed. After her accident she gets a face transplant, however it’s very difficult to live life with someone else’s face and skin on and she gets terrified as she cannot recognise her own face anymore. Maisie begins to discover how much her face and looks shaped her relationship and outlook to the world, and finds that she has to re define her identity and figure out what’s important for her in her new life and what lucky means to her! This is one of those books that really got me gripped on and it definitely is a fast page turning read. This book summed up in 3 words would definitely be, drama, emotional and interesting!


OMG MY FAVE BOOK EVER (!!!) All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is probably one of the BEST books I’ve read so far, it’s emotional, it’s full of happiness, love and it’s just AMAZING!! It’s about a girl called Violet Marky who is devastated by her sisters death and meets a boy called Theodore Finch in her school and Violet learns to live and grow from Finch who wants to die! This is such a sad but happiness filled novel! It’s quite difficult to give off both happiness and sadness emotions at the same time in a novel and Jennifer Niven does this perfectly in this book, the book bounces between two emotions perfectly! It’s a great read but definitely does contain adult themes and segments. This book is described as the next Fault In Our Stars which in my opinion says a lot about it!!


Rupi Kaurs poetry book ‘Milk and Honey’ is fairly famous and she recently brought out a second poetry book, ‘The Sun And Her Flowers’. Both poetry books are equally amazing and they split into 4 sections ranging from hurting, loving, breaking and healing! There’s SOO many poems in each book and they range from tiny 2 line ones to a whole page one! There’s amazing illustrations in each poem book too that follow the poems and some poems has such deep meaning to it too! In my opinion, these poetry books would be a great coffee table read and just flicking through each poem would be a great way to read them! I recently got into poetry books and definitely will be purchasing more in the near time!

Hope you enjoyed reading this post and found it some what helpful and it inspires you to read more books. Comment down below which book you are currently reading or would like to start reading I’d love to hear what you guys are into book genre wise!

Ayse Merve! x


74 responses to “BOOKS IVE READ #1”

  1. connxvi says:

    I’m not currently reading anything but i need to find something! I want to read as many books as possible this year, which will help develop my skills too!

  2. I really need to start reading some books more, I usually go for the design of the cover and love the look of All The Bright Places!

    Heather xo ||

  3. Loved this post, All The Bright Places is one of my favourite books it’s so good and I’m so glad you thought so too! Xx

  4. I love posts like this. I always say i want to read more but never no where to start with finding books I’d like and don’t want to waste my time on something I don’t enjoy. Local Girl Missing and Faceless sound right up my street! I love a bit of mystery and books that keep you guessing. X

  5. Aaah finding out what books people you have read is SO inspiring! I’ve been dying to read Milk & Honey for a while now. What was your favourite out of this list?

    Char xo

  6. Local Girl missing and Milk and Honey are definitely going on my reading list. Loved all your book reviews.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Lea, xx

  7. glowsteady says:

    I’ve never read any of these but I love the sound of Faceless! I can’t begin to imagine how emotional that one must be. I might pick that one up when I’m done with my current read x

  8. Corinne and Kirsty says:

    I haven’t read any of these but i am looking at new books to read as I am almost done with the one i am reading. Mistborn from Brandon Sanderson. Maybe you know him! so so good! xx corinne

  9. I really enjoyed this post & I haven’t read any of them so few more to add to my list! I should really either stop reading book posts or make more of an effort to do more reading or my list will be never ending ! Great post ❤️

  10. vickylawblog says:

    I never have enough time to read anymore, which is such a shame because I love it so much! Lovely reviews – I wish I could read them all haha! I also adore the photography here!

    Vicky x

  11. Erin says:

    Great post and page! I’m excited to have found it. This year I’ve wanted to get into more fiction books. I also posted about the Books I Read in 2017, and have a Feminist Book List: Winter Edition I’d love for you to check out. Best wishes!

    xo, Erin || Coffee Meets Polished

  12. Paige Maria says:

    I have only read a few of these, but All The Bright Places is one of my favourites. It is such a strong and emotional book that leaves a mark on your soul. I have added all of these to my reading list! x

  13. I’ve just finished reading All The Bright Places and LOVED it. So sad it was over, but I’m looking forward to checking out a few of these! X

  14. andthenzen says:

    I’m determined to get back into reading this year, it’s not been a priority for a very long time! I love All The Bright Places, I read it on holiday in like, two days and I absolutely adored it.. 🙊

  15. Susanne says:

    You’ve already read so many books this year 😮 I am jealous, and I wanted to read All The Bright Places since forever! Great list

  16. Ash says:

    All the bright places was so good. I read, and cried, and backtracked to read again and cry some more. Haha, great recommendations. I’ll definitely check in again to keep up with your reads.

    Ash //

  17. Hello Bexa says:

    I’ve just brought All The Bright Places based on your excellent review! 💖 It will probably take me ages to actually get round to reading it 🙈 but it sounds like my kinda story. Thanks so much for the recommendation 😘 xx

    Bexa |

  18. Lena Dee says:

    I heard local girl missing is pretty good but your little review has me even more intrigued, will def check out! Faceless was pretty epic! You’ve read some wonderful books…lovely review 🙂

    xx Lena |

  19. I really want to read all the bright places and the poetry books, they sound right up my street!!x

    Francesca | EverythingChessie 🌿

  20. After a long break of not reading, I am slowly getting back into it. Although I have a long pile of books at home I have yet to read but I am for sure putting some of these on my list!

    Jessica & James | /

  21. Jasminsworld says:

    I haven’t read any of these but really like the sound of Faceless! will definitely be giving that a read! X

  22. I’ve heard a lot of good things about All the Bright Places and now you’ve just convinced me even more to pick a copy up. I loved The Fault in Our Stars so I have high hopes :)!

    L xo

  23. pinkiebag says:

    Hi, great selection of books and a mini review about them. Local Missing Girl grabbed my attention. I shall add this to my reading list.

  24. I love a good bookish post! If you like Milk and Honey then I would definitely reccomend you reading Amanda Lovelace’s poetry, The Princess Saves Herself in this One!

  25. Lindsey says:

    I’ve wanted to read All The Bright Places for ages (mainly because the cover caught my attention and I’m a sucker for a pretty cover!). After reading your reaction to it, I now want to read it even more. Some really good-sounding books here, might be adding to my TBR, thanks!

  26. I’m always on the look out for new books to read and this has definitely given me some ideas! x

    Han |

  27. Taiwo B. says:

    Your pictures are so beautiful!! I want to read All the Bright Places soon. I’m glad you liked all these books!!

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  29. I’ve just added ‘Local Girl Missing’ to my Kindle Wishlist as it sounds like something I’d love! I’m glad you enjoyed ‘All the Bright Places’ I read it a few years back and absolutely loved it so much that I might actually pick it up again this year! The poetry books sound great too I’ll definitely be looking into those a bit more!

    Jess xx

  30. Thanks for some great recommendations – going to add some to my kindle now

  31. Local girl missing is on my list to read! I’ll have to put Faceless on there too 📚. Thank you for your reviews 🤩

    If you like thrillers, try The Book if You x

  32. simeon.marie says:

    These book choices look very interesting! I will give some of them a read. One of my goals for this year is to read more books and this was helpful.

  33. gotmeghan says:

    Ooh! Love it! Thank you for the recommendations!

    Sidenote: Beautiful flatlay/background too! Lol

  34. I found Faceless to be so interesting, as it wasn’t something I would usually reach for. I will definitely give Local Girl Missing a try!

    XO Zoe |

  35. Awesome photography! I feel lucky today to see the beauty of photography. It was really great inspirational post. What a memorable experience it was for us!

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