I know this round up is over a week late but it is a cracker of a pile so definitely worth the wait I promise. I sometimes forget that people actually read my blog (HELLO!) and then sometimes there are lovely regular readers who give me a nudge in the nicest way possible when they are waiting for a monthly book post that doesn’t appear. Apologies. Anyway. Here we are. I’ll try to keep it snappy as it is/was quite a pile this/last month.
First up was Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny which came highly recommended from quite a few friends so I wanted to love it but I just about liked it. It is billed as a hilarious examination of modern love and family and it is all of those things. But the characters are so well written that I found it exhausting. The main character Graham I absolutely loved from the get go but his second wife was one of those people who I would actively hide from in the playground in real life. You know, one of those mothers who don’t stop to catch their breath and know everyone and everything while ticking something or other off their mammoth to do list? Most people will read it and want to be her best friend. I just felt like I needed a lay down in between chapters to recover from her. I’m glad I read it though.
Next was The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood which needs no introduction of course. I have very vague memories of reading this at A Level as do most people my age I suspect but when I say vague, I mean I can barely remember reading it at all the first time around so I suspect it went over my head as a teenager. I intended to read it again before the new television adaptation but didn’t get around to it so I waited to read it afterwards which I think made me enjoy it all the more actually. I think Elisabeth Moss played such an incredible part as Offred in the show that it made the book all the more enjoyable to read it in her voice. It is now way up there on my favourite books of all time list without a doubt. Atwood is nothing short of a genius for creating this.
Then we had The Keeper of the Lost Things by Ruth Hogan which was all kinds of wonderful. It took me a few chapters to get into it but then I could not put it down. Such a lovely book full of promise and hope. If you enjoyed The Reader on the 6.27 or The Little Paris Bookshop, I think you will love this. So full of heart and so much more than just another love story.
Next was Night Waking by Sarah Moss which is definitely up there as one of my favourite books this year. It’s not a new book I’m terribly late to the party with this one so you probably all read it years ago but I will bore you anyway and say that it was absolutely brilliant. I love her writing so much. I have never read anything quite so terrifyingly honest about modern day family life.
And last of all we have Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse which I galloped through. It felt like a nice easy read to end the month on at a time where I needed to empty my mind with something that didn’t require any real brain power. I think I have maybe read one too many of these ‘marriage thriller’ type books of late as I did guess where it was heading but it was a good read all the same.
So that was me, what have you been reading lately? Any recommendations? As always you can leave me a comment here on my blog or find me over on Instagram talking all things books under #mostlyreading