I can’t seem to remember to do a monthly round up of the books I’ve read so I thought I’d just share a few now and then. I’ve read such a random mix since the start of the year but I’ve enjoyed so many of them.
I read this for Parker & Me’s #BookClub140 – I joined in with the book club in an effort to push myself out of my comfort zone. I would never have picked this book up otherwise and that would have been a shame as I thought it was brilliant. It puts across issues of race and privilege in a very open way and it stayed with me for a long time afterwards. If you look up the hashtag on twitter you can see the discussion for it.
I was sent this by Unbound publishing – it’s a Viking Fantasy which I was really looking forward to reading. There was so much I liked about it and a few things I didn’t. I loved the immersion in Viking culture and the mythology but I wish there had been more fantasy elements in it. I wrote a full review over on Goodreads not long after I’d finished reading and I think I’ve mellowed to the main character since. She had grated on me right up until the end of the book. However, seeing it is part of a series I would read the next one, I loved the way the story ended – I am curious to see what happens to Bera next.
Good old Patrick Ness, I save his books for a treat when I know I have time to enjoy them. I absolutely loved this one although I know it’s not one of his most popular books. It is quite different to others of his I’ve read and has more of a John Green vibe about it. I thought it was so clever – I suspect it was loosely based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the idea being to tell the story of the ordinary kids who are in the school just watching while the chosen one is off saving the world. He captures characters so perfectly, every book of his I read I can’t help but think what a truly amazing writer he is.
My friend Bookworm and Theatre Mouse sent this on to me – I’d spotted it on her Instagram ages ago and we both agreed it was worth a read just for the pretty cover. The story is just as good as the cover – it reminded me a little of The Lie Tree. It’s hard to explain what it’s about without giving too much away, it’s aimed at older children I think but I found the story very moving.
I love a good historical romance and these books are my bit of fluff to read in between more serious things – like the literary version of trash TV. They are so easy to read and a perfect bit of escapism, I just like to get lost in the regency world.
This is February’s book for #BookClub140 and I loved it! It’s the story of a Dad struggling to relate to his 8 year old autistic son and how his own past is dragging his current life down. He starts to connect with his son through Minecraft and it changes his life completely, it’s such a sweet story. The writing reminded me a little of Nick Hornby or David Nicholls, it’s witty and charming while being open and insightful. It’s a little cheesy but that doesn’t matter to me, I was in floods of tears by the end. One of the best books I’ve read in a while.
I had this on pre-order for my Kindle and was so excited when it popped up on there – it’s the third book in the Red Queen series. I don’t know how many there are going to be, people don’t seem to be doing trilogies anymore! They are young adult alternative reality, dystopian type books – a little like Hunger Games or Divergent but I think I prefer these ones so far. I was a little disappointed with the ending of the others so I hope these ones don’t end badly.
I would love to hear what books you’ve been enjoying lately or if you’ve read any of these?
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