I’m ignoring the fact that we are already at the end of April and shall dive straight into the books that I have mostly been reading this month. Seriously though, where is this year going? I swear the seasons go quicker the older I get.
You might remember that I finished War and Peace in March and so this month was very much about escaping with the fluffiest of fluff. And I have to say that it has been fun! I often find myself falling into accidental reading ruts where I read thriller after thriller etc and to be quite honest it can all get a bit much. As much as I love to be scared to death by a book. So I’m going to make more of an effort to plan ahead with what I’m reading if I can so that I can fit in more of the fluffy stuff. The good fluffy stuff that is. It’s highly underrated. I don’t mean the trashy stuff ghost written for celebrities type fluff, I mean excellent writers like Jill Mansell, Lisa Jewell and Jane Fallon. I need to go back and see what books I might have missed from some of my old favourites I think.
Anyway, back to what I have actually been reading this month! Sorry! First of all we had This is a Love Story by Jessica Thompson. Now I’m sorry to say that this really wasn’t a hit with me. I suspect that I might be a good ten (if not twenty) years older than the audience it was meant for. It’s a boy meets girl kind of story that never quite gets off the ground but instead of me seeing it as funny or sad, I quite honestly found it exasperating. This is my age showing here but people in their twenties seem to make falling in love much more complicated than it has to be. The story was told from the point of view of the boy and girl but I’m afraid the boy’s point of view just didn’t ring true for me. It very much felt like it was written by somebody that didn’t know boys (or twentysomething men) very well at all. That might explain the failed love story! Sorry!
Next we had The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes which I really did enjoy. I haven’t read any of her books for years so I think I’m going to have to go back and see what I have missed. It was really quite dark in places but as a writer she has this way of bringing together tragedy and comedy in a way that not many other people can. The Irish sense of humour maybe? I don’t know but she really does spin a good yarn. It was a real page turner but I suspect that I’m late to the party with this one and I’m telling you something that you already know!
Then we had Skeletons by Jane Fallon. Again, a writer that I haven’t read for a long time. I read her first couple of books years ago and loved them but somehow never kept up with her newer releases. Too many books, too little time! Anyway this was another brilliant book. The characters in this book were (scarily) believable and I enjoyed every minute of reading it. The main character discovers a secret that could tear her family apart and it’s one of those real what-would-you-do kind of scenarios. Knowing the truth is one thing but dealing with the consequences turns out to be quite another thing altogether. I really like her writing, she certainly doesn’t sugar coat her stories but that’s what makes them so believable.
And last but by no means least we have A Year of Marvellous Ways by Sarah Winman. I absolutely loved When God Was A Rabbit a couple of years ago so I was desperate to read this new book from Sarah Winman. So desperate in fact that it seems that I bought it twice! Somehow I ended up with two copies of this book on my To Be Read pile. Oh the shame! I wonder how many times I have done this?! Oh well, two books to pass on to friends and this certainly is a book that I’m keen to share. It was beautiful. It was almost poetic in style and a true escape into a magical world. I’ve never read anything quite like it. A tale of life and death with adventures along the way but at the heart of it, true love. You need to read it yourself I just don’t have the words to describe how beautiful it was!
So, what have you been reading this month? Do drop me a comment here on my blog or over on social media I love to hear what other people are reading! I usually write about the books that I have been reading at the end of each month. If you want to see what else I’ve read so far this year you can find my other posts here or on my (mostly reading) page here.