Despite a massively challenging holiday this month I have read 12 books, and not many were read during that two weeks! I’ve come back to post holiday blues, post planning a holiday blues and a lack of motivation. The books I have read I am mainly struggling to review in individual blog posts. So excuse me if I do it here! Even if I have reviewed them separately I shall given a quick highlight and tell you that I have reviewed in a another post.
- The Chalk Man by C J Tudor – I have reviewed this separately. This book has been everywhere and won a few awards. I have no idea why. I thought it was awful. There are much better crime books out there, don’t waste your time x
- Penmarric by Susan Howatch – I have reviewed this separately but will say I enjoyed this one. It was recommended to me because of my love for Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, particularly the important role Cornwall plays in it. It’s not a book that’s particularly impacted with me post reading but I enjoyed reading it. A good period family drama.
- Everything I Never Told You by Celeste NG – I read NG’s Little Fires Everywhere this year and wanted to read her debut novel. I have reviewed both books on the blog. Both were good books. NG develops good characters and good stories. I enjoy her work and will seek her out in future.
- How to Look for a Lost Dog by Ann M Martin – this is a children’s book with an autistic female protagonist It made me sob. Reviewed separately.
- The Salt Path by Raynor Wynn is a memoir about Ray and her husband Moth losing their house in a court case and finding themselves homeless. They opted to walk the South West Coastal Path, and live there. Reviewed separately. Highly recommended and inspirational read.
- Snap by Belinda Bauer is a crime novel that has made it to the Man Booker Long List for 2018. My review is due up later in September but I have to say I really enjoyed it. Particularly the silly police characters. A good story, well worth a read.
- The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. I read this whilst on a boat trip around the Fjords of Norway and little did I know when I picked it up in a bookshop in Bergen that this was the setting for it! Apparently. We’re told that but there really isn’t much more to support it. This is my second Ruth Ware, I’ve reviewed Mrs Westaway separately. Both books are good to read but not very satisfying. I described in Mrs Westaway that I found her writing a bit like James Paterson, you know how he tends to have ridiculous and unbelievable endings (that I have also found with Jo Nesbo). She definitely is good at building tension and telling a story but she needs a good story.
- Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens – I’ve been looking at this series for ages, a great murder mystery series aimed at the younger (female probably) reader. I will review this later in September but if you have an 8-12 year old niece or daughter and she hasn’t already read this, you might want to get it for her.
- A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig – I have a bit of a love/dislike relationship with Matt Haig’s books and despite that I will buy them if I see them! I saw this at a boot fair for 50p. What’s to lose? I read it that day. This is a children’s book about how Santa came to be. I really enjoyed it. There was the inevitable list (Matt Haig books ALWAYS have a list) but I did like the joke “elf-help books”. I think Haig is good at children’s fiction. His adult fiction should probably be children’s fiction. In my mind.
- The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan – One of my friends recommended this to me ages ago and I have to say I have battled and battled through listening to it on Audible but gave up months ago. I saw a copy at a boot fair and thought I should finish it. I did. It was fine. A bit twee for me I think. It wasn’t horrible and I know its popular. It was fine.
- Sabrina by Nick Drnaso is the first graphic novel to make it to the Man Booker Long List. Hubby is a graphic novel fan so he read this first then asked me to read it so we could discuss it. I don’t tend to read graphic novels too much so found it difficult to settle into this initially. I found the lay out confusing until I got used to it. I found it difficult to understand who I was looking at at points. When one of the guys in the story went to work it turned out he worked in the army so everyone was in uniform with a cap on and I had no idea who on earth was talking. It irritated me initially but I let it go. And then I found it very interesting. It was clever, how it dealt with who we are today. How innocent people, families of murder victims, can end up being threatened on line with their own murder. How conspiracy theorists can tell you that tonight the world will end then just say they got it wrong the next day and yet people still listen. And how these words can make you paranoid. I thought it was a good read and I would recommend it, just to get you thinking.
- The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison – Review due later in the month but this was a great read for me, its a great apocalyptic read and if you are a fan of that genre, get this!!
Book of the Month:– I read some great books this month so this is a tough one and I think it might be a matter of last one in because I’ll select The Book of the Unnamed Midwife with The Salt Path and Snap coming close behind.
Wish I hadn’t bothered book:- The Chalk Man. So disappointed with this book, had really high hopes for it. But I found all the extreme events a tad ridiculous, particularly the ending. The Woman in Cabin 10 definitely wasn’t the bad but it wasn’t great.