March reads #1 – Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
March reads #2 – Nasty Women by various
This collection book is a must read. For everyone. It’s a collection of essays, interviews and accounts on what it is to be a woman in the 21st century. Spanning a host of topics including pregnancy, Brexit, finding an online voice, punk, politics, being a child of immigrants, race and contraception. It’s truly fascinating. The writers all have such different voices.
March reads #3 – A Murder is Announced (Miss Marple #5) by Agatha Christie
It’s a travesty that I have read so little of Agatha Christie’s books. Especially considering how much I love any Agatha Christie TV adaptation. I’m sure I’ve watched every adaptation that’s aired since 1995. But alas I have yet to properly read Agatha Christie’s novels. But I’m hoping to change that over the next few months starting with her fifth Miss Marple book. Unsurprisingly I loved it – all the different characters, little clues and red herrings, plus the big reveal at the end. I love that she had a little old lady show up the police force, and that she didn’t shy away from the more gruesome side of the case. And clearly I didn’t work this ending out. But I’m determined to solve one of her cases at some point!
March reads #4 – The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
Book four on my March reads list is one I’ve been meaning to read for an age. I’ve heard such good things about this YA novel, it really got a lot of buzz when it was released. And I can definitely see why. It’s such an interesting story and Flora, the main character, is very well written. Despite the premise of her story – she has no short-term memory, so forgets things that happened an hour earlier and overnight her brain resets to her as a seven-year old, before her accident – she’s a very believable character. You are automatically on her side and want to find out what’s going on. However there were a couple of fundamental issues I had with this book, things that went just a step too far. And a step beyond, in my opinion anyway, reality. So that’s a bit of a shame.
March reads #5 – Arrowood by Mick Finlay
A detective novel set in 19th Century London. Of course I was going to love this book. The plot was fast paced and gave you just enough information to keep you guessing what might happen next. And of course there were lots of little red herrings along the way. As for the characters, I think we’ll be seeing a lot more books featuring them in the future – it definitely felt like the scene was being set in this book. Plus there were lots of little things dropped in there about them that we’re never followed up on our resolved. I can’t wait.
March reads #6 – The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
So it turns out this is actually book two in Dash and Lily’s story and I had no idea until I finished the book. But you can totally read this book separately, which is surely a sign of a good book! Another thing I hadn’t realised about this book? That it was set at Christmas. Which obviously I loved. Basically I knew nothing about what I was about to read. Anyway, this book is great and I loved it. It follows Dash and Lily for the month of December as they work through some issues they’re having on the lead up to Christmas – not realising how strongly the other feels, parents moving away, an ill grandfather and angry divorced parents. I loved the story and the characters so much and now need to go back and read book one to see how they met in the first place.
March reads #7 – The Bookshop Girl by Sylvia Bishop and Ashley King
This is a book that we’re releasing at work this week and it’s so lovely. It’s the sweetest story for younger readers (kids 7 – 10) about Property Jones who lives and helps run a glorious bookshop even though she can’t actually read (not that her family knows this). The characters are so wonderful and the tale full of charm, which means even if you’re not a fan of kids books (you heathens) or bookshops, you can’t fail to love this book. Oh and the illustrations – they’re gorgeous. So quirky and so perfectly capturing the characters and situations. It’s lovely.
March reads #8 – The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
So this book is described as One Day meets Me Before You and that seems quite apt. It’s about Gabe and Lucy who fall in love during a horrific and live-changing event and how their lives unfold over the next 13 years. Throughout the novel, which is told from Lucy’s point of view, a tragedy is hinted at but you don’t find out the whole story until the end. But you badly want to know and the writing so beautifully pulls you in to this story so you have to keep reading. If you’re going to read this book, which you must, make sure you’re prepared for the emotions. Because you will be assaulted from all sides. But it’s totally worth it. After all I’m still thinking about it two days later…
So there we go, that’s what I read in March. Eight brilliant books, all very different, but all sooooo good. What bout you, what did you read last month? Anything you can recommend to me?