The Book Corner: 2015 books so far

Now that we are nearing the end of the third month of 2015 I though it would be a good moment to talk books. I’ve read a good handful of these lovelies so far this year, so it’s definitely about time I shared my thoughts on one or two of them. So read on for my 2015 books so far…

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First up is my favourite read of the year so far. Alan Cumming’s Not My Father’s Son. As mentioned previously here I was completely gripped by this book from the first page. It’s part autobiography and part mystery. Looking at the actor’s own childhood and relationship with his father, along with the investigation into his grandfather’s mysterious life and death years earlier. While I was reading this it was easy to forget that it was about someone’s life. Parts were so cruel that I wished it was a made up story, it’s remarkable what people are able to survive. Also without giving too much away the discussions about Alan’s grandfather are truly heartbreaking. The affect that war has is truly devastating. This has become a favourite of mine and I’m constantly telling people that they should read it.

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Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey has been everywhere, or at least it seems that way to me. So when I saw it on offer on the kindle store I couldn’t resist downloading it. My thoughts? It was so sad! The affects of dementia and Alzheimer’s is just horrible for anyone involved and I think that Emma Healey writes this story so well. The way we follow the main character through her memory loss is perfectly done. It was so perfect in fact that it actually left me aching at some points. The mystery around Elizabeth’s disappearance is hard to work out. But it’s actually the mystery of Maud’s sister’s disappearance year’s earlier which intrigued me the most – I assume that was the point Healey was after – and the ending to this story was surprising and perfect all in one.

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Last but not least let’s discuss Murder Most Unladylike: A Wells and Wong Mystery by Robin Stevens. Fi has been on at me to read this book since forever! Well I finally took her much forced upon advice and started to read it. Only to fall in love with it straight away. It’s a brilliant novel set in a boarding school and it completely reminds me of my childhood and reading similar books that made me want to go to a boarding school. Side note: I’d have hated going to a boarding school, I know this categorically 100%, but it was still always a dream of mine – I was an odd child! There’s apparently two more books in this series and my fingers are itching to read them now. So far I’ve resisted buying them but how long that will last I do not know. Watch this space!

Has anyone else read any of these titles? What did you think? What have been your favourite reads so far this year? Don’t forget to nip on over to GoodReads if you want to see what else I’ve been reading.

-Laura xxx