2020,  books and reading,  reviews

What I’m Reading

I feel like I’m suddenly reading with more regularity than I’ve been for a while. It might be the lockdown, it might just be the fact I’ve been getting the garden for at least a few minutes everyday and I usually take my book with me. Anyway I thought it would be nice to post an entry once a week or so with mini reviews of what I’ve been reading. There’s quite a lot here because it’s covering several weeks.

While I Was Sleeping by Dani Atkins

This sat on my shelf for years waiting for the right time to read it. I got my carer to reach it down and she commented that she’d read it and loved it. Pretty much straight away I was hooked and wondering why I’d not read it sooner. I read it in two massive chunks over a few days and was really invested, thinking it was a brilliant book. And it is a brilliant book. But then I got to the end and I was left thinking “what the hell was that?” and it didn’t ruin the whole book but I was disappointed.

Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce

It’s only April (and it was probably still March when I read this) but Dear Mrs Bird is seriously in the running for my book of 2020.

This is another book that’s sat on my shelf for a while. I’d heard a lot of hype around Dear Mrs Bird and to be honest I tend to find hype a bit off putting as so often a perfectly good book is disappointing because it’s been overhyped. But this definitely lived up to it’s hype.

It’s an interesting book (set in the Second World War which is one of my favourite periods for historical fiction) and it has a premise I haven’t seen before and lovely feel to it. It’s just brilliant. I saw on the about the author bit that AJ Pearce is writing a sequel so I immediately looked on Amazon but sadly it’s not available yet.

The Telephone Box Library by Rachael Lucas

This was a fun read. I started it before having to isolate and picked it up and put it down a few times because I wasn’t reading much. But it was a fun, escapist read and I enjoyed it just like I’ve enjoyed the other books I’ve read from Rachael Lucas.

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

One of my 40 before 40 goals is to read more of the books on the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list. So when I heard that David Copperfield was available to listen to for free on Alexa in March I dove right in. At 36 (and a half) hours long it was the longest audiobook I’ve ever listened to and rather a challenge both in terms of length and content. I’d probably have been better to read it but it was interesting and I’m glad I did it. It’s my second Dickens book in a relatively short period of time (I read Great Expectations in October last year) so I think I’ll be taking a break from his works for a while.

The Secret Seaside Escape by Heidi Swain

I received a free advance copy of this from NetGalley, it’s being published on 16th April 2020. This is another funny, summery triumph from Heidi Swain, possibly her best so far. She takes us to a new setting, the seaside at Wynmouth, this time and I’m really hoping it’s one she revisits. I loved the characters and the storyline and didn’t want it to end. There were several touching and/or funny moments and more than a few surprises. I was also really pleased to see the mix of characters in it, including one with a disability.

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