I think I may be bringing up a reader. I’m delighted! M & V have been known to read books but its hard work getting them to really enjoy it. Tara, on the other hand, was so delighted the other day, when I gave her loads of Violet’s hand-me-downs. She flicked through those books for ages and did so well working out words that she really is not expected to read yet. She gets really into a story and throughly enjoys even the Biff, Chip & Kipper books that have a hint of a mystery ending. Yay! I might finally get my book worm.
I went to an author event at one of our local libraries a couple of weeks ago. The poor man was so nervous talking to us but once he got going, we could tell he really knew his stuff. He has written a crime novel and has definitely done his research into what makes a criminal. I’m not sure whether his book will be for me but will be giving it a go over the next few months.
So onto what I’ve been reading:
The Accident – C.J. Taylor – 5 out of 5 stars!
I saw someone give this a 5 star review within an hour of finishing my last book so on impulse downloaded this and loved it. I do enjoy ‘normal family’ fiction. A teenager, Charlotte is left in a coma after being hit by a bus. Everyone else believes that it was a complete accident but Charlotte’s Mum suspects otherwise. The story follows, Sue’s quest to find out what has happened and what her daughter has been up to.
This book is scary stuff – especially as a mother of a teenage girl. You think they tell you everything but do you really know? Its really fast moving and only took me a couple of days to read. I’m definitely putting C.J. Taylor on my future reads list.
Another Night, Another Day – Sarah Rayner – 4 out of 5 stars.
I have read another Sarah Rayner novel and remember really enjoying it. I will be honest and admit, I couldn’t actually remember what it was about until I looked it up, but thats more about my memory than the book, I’m sure.
I took Another Night, Another Day on my really long train journey and was completely engrossed. This book was about 3 people living with mental illness, all caused by different events in their lives. It was really interesting that all 3 people were every day people, showing how mental health can affect anyone. There were elements of the book that occasionally bordered on predictable, but on the whole, really good. I was pleased that it did not go down the traditional romantic route – this would have been too corny. I also liked that the book touched on the effects of family members when someone else is suffering.
Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty 4 out of 5 stars
I have no idea why it has taken me so long to get round to reading Liane Moriarty. I’ve seen so many people mention her books. This was a real gripper – Grabbed me as soon as I started. Hugely comical – If you have ever experience a school playground, this is your biggest fear. Yes, it was fairly extreme (there’s a murder and the book follows the investigation into who dunnit). The twist is that you don’t know until fairly near the end who actually was murdered either. The playground mafia are in every school and there’s elements of someone you know, I’m sure in this book. I’m definitely going to be reading another Liane Moriarty soon!
The Prisoner of Heaven – Carlos Ruiz Zafon 4 out of 5 stars
The Shadow of the Wind still remains one of my most favourite reads. I always feel quite grown up when I read Carlos Ruiz Zafon. His writing is brilliant and clever – I need to concentrate. This book took my a while to get into, therefore it gaining 4 stars rather than 5 in my eyes. As soon as I hit page 70 (ish), I really sped up. There are so many twists and turns – Quite a few characters, but not so many that is is impossible to keep up. I’m a sucker for any book set in an book store setting, so this was perfect for me. Again, I’m certainly going to read more of Ruiz Zafon
I’m away quite a lot of this week without WiFi (I know! How will I cope?) – On the plus side, My Kindle is fully charged and raring to go. Here’s my planned reading for the month of April:
- Kill Me Again – Rachel Abbot
- The Lie Tree – Frances Hardinge
- The Wish List – Jane Costello
- Life, Death & Vanilla Slices – Jenny Eclair
- The Separation – Dinah Jefferies
- The Life & Death of Sophie Stark – Anna North
I know I’m being ambitious hoping for 6 this month, with one week already gone – but here goes!
I’m very nosy and love to know what other people are reading and have read. I’d like to invite anyone who has blogged about their reads this month to add their links below. I’m all for following recommendations and would love to feature a read I’ve loved because of one of my readers. If you do decide to join in (and please do!) it would be great if you would link to this post in your review, to let others know about it. Thank You!
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