Time for a look back at the books I’ve got through during the first month of the year. I’m really pleased that so far my resolution is going well. I’m madly trying to resist new releases and reduce my TBR pile which is both physical in the form of bulging bookcases and electronic with a virtual bulging Kindle!
How To Stuff Up Christmas – Rosie Blake 4 out of 5
This was ideal to read over Christmas – Really lighthearted and easy to pick in-between visitors and glasses of Port. To be truthful it could be read at any time of year – its not THAT Christmassy. Overall, a good chick lit and I’d say a good read for getting back into the habit of reading.
About the book: Eve is desperately trying to get over her broken engagement and decides to make drastic changes to her life at Christmas in the hope of making it easier.
The Quaker Cafe – Brenda Bevan Remmes – 3 out of 5
This one took me a while to read. I kept getting stuck and couldn’t get really into it. It got better as it went on but I will have probably forgotten about it in a few months. I just didn’t get the sense that the Quaker Cafe was important enough (or special – it certainly didn’t make me want to eat there) to have a book named after it. I would have liked to learn more about Liz’s boys but perhaps that is for a follow up?
The Tea Planter’s Wife – Dinah Jefferies 5 out of 5
I completely loved this. Seemed quite familiar – along the lines of the Miniaturist at first but soon got into the swing of its own story. One bugbear about this book is, why does the sister always have to be wicked and needy? Seems quite a lazy way out to me. I did sort of see the end coming but it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the book.
About The Tea Planter’s Wife: Set in Ceylon with a bride, Gwen moving to live with her new husband. The husband has a secret that we learn fairly early on in the book but this is nothing compared to the secret that Gwen ends up keeping. We follow the tale of how Gwen becomes accustomed to her new life and family.
Moving – Jenny Eclair 5 out of 5
I loved this book from the minute I started reading. It did take me a few pages to stop picturing Jenny Eclair actually writing the book (Anyone else do that when they read a book by a familiar author?) As soon as the story got going though, I was right in with the characters. I thought that the whole book was going to centre around Edwina and the house and did wonder how the story was going to be kept interesting. I needn’t have worried though – Ms Eclair was one step ahead of me. I loved how the plots were tied up at the end without seeming to be too contrived. I’m definitely going to read another by JE over the next few months – Delighted to have found another author!
About the book: Moving starts, unsurprisingly, with us meeting Edwina rattling around a really old, big house – Edwina is considering putting the house on the market as she is no longer able to look after it. As we go around each room, we discover many secrets about the family that used to live in the house – this is where the story really picks up pace….
I’m in that lull between books at the moment – I only finished Moving last night but I want to get right back into another novel before I lose the reading bug again. I really found that having a rough list to follow last month helped so I’ve set myself the challenge of the following books for February. There may be more, watch this space:
We Are All Made Of Stars – Rowan Coleman
A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman
The Year Of The Flood – Margaret Atwood
Have you got any recommendations for me? Feel free to let me know if you have written a roundup of your latest reads.