With half term, a week of lurgy and my usual lunchtime reading time being eaten up by other things this month, I’m surprised I have managed to read this many books but it just goes to show that it really is about making the time to read. I often get asked on Instagram how do I find the time to read and I’m never sure how to answer that to be honest, I just do! I average about a book a week so it’s not that much really, certainly not compared to some other book bloggers that I follow.
Anyway, this month started with The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry which was superb. There was a time when I wouldn’t have even considered picking a book like this up off the shelf. I would have written off historical novels as not being my thing but how wrong was I? It is based around the folklore of a creature called the Essex Serpent, a big scary beast that the local people blame for every bit of doom and gloom. The newly widowed Cora sets off to prove that science offers the answers and on her trail collides with the village vicar who thinks the cure for the hysteria lies in faith. Despite disagreeing on everything they find themselves drawn together in the most beautiful story of love and faith. If you enjoyed The Butcher’s Hook or The Miniaturist, I think you’ll like this too (or vice versa!)
Next was 44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith which was originally written as a serialised novel so is written in short snappy chapters that in many ways feel like short stories in themselves. I loved how easy it was to dip in and out of, I would often read a chapter as I waited for the kettle to boil! It tells the stories of the people who live at 44 Scotland Street in a bohemian corner of Edinburgh. I really enjoyed it and will definitely go on to read the rest of the books in the series.
Then came How I Lost You by Jenny Blackhurst which was a pretty dark subject matter but I started it on the promise to myself that I wouldn’t carry on with it if it was too depressing. Please tell me I’m not the only one to do that? I love a thriller don’t get me wrong, but murdered babies and tattered lives aren’t always the easiest of reads, are they? Ha! But carry on I did. It wasn’t the most polished of books but it really was well paced. I half guessed where the story was going about one hundred pages in. I say half because I don’t think anyone could ever guess what the full story was, it was that far-fetched! But in a riveting thriller kind of way!
And last but by no means least was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon which was outstanding from the get go. I absolutely loved this book and can’t believe that I haven’t read it before now. It is a murder mystery novel like no other and the detective (and narrator) is fifteen year old Christopher Boone who has Asperger’s Syndrome. He finds a neighbour’s dog murdered and sets out on a terrifying journey that turns his world upside down. An absolute must read if you haven’t already, I can’t recommend it enough.
This year I wanted to try to read more of the books that have been sat languishing on my shelves before buying more and this month, every one of these books ticks that box so I am pleased with my little self. Four cracking books this month that have all been sat there waiting to be read for months (or years in some cases!)
P.S. I saw quite a few blog posts in January from people saying that this year they wanted to read more so if you have written a round-up this month, please feel free to leave a link in the comments below so I can hop over and take a look or you can join in with the #mostlyreading hashtag over on Instagram if you like!