A combination of a couple of train journeys – including to Birmingham and back – and several late nights sat enjoying the cool of the evening in the garden mean I think I’ve read the most this week that I have since I started writing these weekly “what I’ve been reading” posts.
In addition to the books listed here, I also read part of another book but found the start of it boring so gave up after a few pages. I’m undecided as to whether I’ll go back to it or not.
And for the second week running I didn’t buy or otherwise get any books so I really have made a big dent into the TBR mountain this week.
Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell – ebook, 437 pages, on TBR for several years, read in 3 days.
This was a little tricky to get into and I was glad that I started it on the train so had a long period of uninterrupted reading with nothing else to do to get into it. It fulfilled my hankering for more classics nicely and kept me interested. Mary Barton is an intriguing character but I couldn’t decide if I liked her. Elizabeth Gaskell however is not one of my favourite classics writers. Had I had anything unread by any of the Bronte’s on my TBR I’d probably have read that and enjoyed it more.
My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp – ebook, 400 pages, on TBR for a several months, read in 2 days
Every so often NetGalley make a book available to the first however many people without having to go through the request process. I’m never one of the first however many people but I was for My Best Everything. And then I didn’t read this for ages. It sounded good but I didn’t have any enthusiasm to read it. But then late on evening this week I picked it up and started reading. I planned to read for a few minutes and then go in to watch Masterchef. I missed Masterchef, caught up with that on iPlayer this afternoon, and I read over half the book in one sitting sat outside until there wasn’t enough light to see any longer. It was so good, with characters that I loved, a style that was different and kept me reading. Plus I was convinced I knew how it was going to end but when it actually ended was completely surprised by both how wrong I’d been and the exact ending. I would love to read a sequel and I’ll definitely look out for more by Sarah Tomp.
From This Moment On by Colette Caddle – paperback, 400 pages, on TBR for a few weeks, read in 3 days
I think this is the second Colette Caddle book I’ve read. I have another of hers on my shelf and I’ll definitely be reading that soon because she’s becoming one of my favourite authors. I really don’t know what it is about Irish women’s fiction but it’s a genre I really enjoy and should read more of. But with how many books I have unread and how few of those are the genre it’ll probably take me a while to get to it. This was a fun read on a tricky subject (bullying/mental health) that handled it well and impressed me.
A Spring Affair by Milly Johnson – paperback, 484 pages, on TBR for several weeks, read in 1 day.
Saturday early evening I sat outside and started reading this with the vague idea that I’d read half of it that day. I was pretty much outside until I finished it several hours later and got nothing else done with my evening. As much as there were things I really should have been doing it was really enjoyable way to spend an evening. There isn’t much to say, it’s a Milly Johnson book and she writes good books that I enjoy and pretty much when I pick one up I know there’s little chance of being disappointed.
The Heavenly Italian Ice Cream Shop by Abby Clements – ebook, 400 pages, on TBR for a week or two, read in 1 day.
I won’t say too much about this because I’m going to post a full review separately in a few days. I will note that it’s the sequel to an earlier Abby Clements book and whilst I don’t think you need to have read the first one before reading this – I haven’t and it didn’t seem to matter – you probably should because this was a good book and I’m now really keen to read the one before and know how it all started.