Happy #WorldBookDay! Hope you’ve had a great day whether you have dressed up or not. At least I hope you get chance to bury yourself in a book later on to celebrate.
The 2 youngest Costellos got thoroughly immersed in the spirit of World Book Day and went as Dorothy and Mog the Cat. Mog was completely Tara’s idea all along. She really just wanted not to take her cat onesie off before she went to school. Our only downfall was remembering late on Tuesday that we had no red shoes for Dorothy. Of course, no shops are selling red shoes this week so at midnight last night, I was finishing dyeing ruby slippers!
So, lets move on to what I’ve been reading during February.
The Year of The Flood – Margaret Attwood – 2 out of 5
The month started VERY slowly reading this book. I’ve felt for a while that I should try at least one of Margaret Attwood’s books but in hindsight, think I may have chosen the wrong one. I’ve heard this book described as ‘Dystopian’ which if I had known beforehand, may have made me choose differently. The story follows the lives of 2 ladies as events lead up to a Waterless Flood. I’m not a great fan of Science Fiction at the best of times but just found this book too long and by the time I got to the end, I didn’t really care what happened to both of them. There were parts of the book that showed some promise, its how I got past my 100 page rule for a start. I do need to mention here that most other reviews are excellent for The Year of the Flood, so perhaps its just me!
The Kitchen Diaries 3 – Nigel Slater
There are some books that need to be reading books before they become reading books. Nigella’s How to Cook was one and Nigel Slater’s Kitchen Diaries 3 is another. If I had the time, I would love to cook through the year with him. Sadly though, I fear me & Nigel have very different palates – He includes so many ingredients like cheese and bananas that I just can’t eat. I still love his writing though and happily take his books to bed. His style of writing sounds just like when I’ve heard him talk on the tv and radio. I started this book at Christmas but have really picked it up throughout February. His spring recipes are so tempting – I’ll be cooking along soon!
Fix You – Carrie Elks – 4 out of 5
This book just appeared on my doorstep one day – I’m presuming the publisher sent it to review. After wading through The Year of the Flood, I needed something completely different and fancied the light storyline that Fix You offered. I really quite enjoyed it – Fairly predictable but still worth a read. I’m not sure that we needed the introduction when Hanna walks into Richard’s office declaring they have a baby. It sort of spoiled what could have been a pivotal moment further along in the book. Hanna was such a strong character at the start of the book, this was sort of dulled down as she became more domesticated during the story.
Sleep Tight – Rachel Abbot – 5 out of 5
Saving the best of the month until last! I completely loved this read – Can’t recommend it enough. I got barely anything done in the few days it took me to read this, as I kept picking it up everywhere I went. You will definitely want to know the ending. There are some proper scary moments in this book too – I took a strong dislike to Olivia’s husband (as we were meant to) and kept wondering if he could really be as bad as he was portrayed to be. I’m not going to tell you any more, you need to read it to find out! I did have to read the book downstairs with all the lights on, when someone was home though – Its that scary!
I’ve already downloaded another Rachel Abbot to read in March – I’m off to Dorset next weekend ON MY OWN – which means a 5.5 hour train journey there and back. I plan on getting through plenty of reading during March including:
Only The Innocent – Rachel Abbott
The Accident – C.L. Taylor
The Wish List – Jane Costello (No relation but Jane is coming to our WI in June so I’m swotting up!)
Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal? – Jeanette Winterson – Been on my TBR for ages!
Have you got any recommendations for me? I love to hear about your reads – enjoyable or not!
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