Each month, I post a wrap up of the books that I’ve read during the previous month, including the books that were part of the 52 Book Club Challenge that I’ve been participating in this year. At the end of March, I broke my right arm, and decided to take a blogging break, as typing with my left hand was too slow and tedious. I haven’t posted since, so this is a catch up post, with challenge books read in April and May.
52 Week Book Challenge
Prompt: Character with superhuman ability
Anatomy: A Love Story by Dana Schwartz
“A gothic tale full of mystery and romance about a willful female surgeon, a resurrection man who sells bodies for a living,
and the buried secrets they must uncover together.”
I loved this book and was disappointed when I was finished it. I was surprised to find, after I reading Anatomy, that it is considered to be YA.
Prompt: Five syllable title
Seven Perfect Things by Catherine Ryan Hyde
“Seven Perfect Things is a story about joy, where to find it, how to know it when you see it,
and the courage it takes to hang on to it once you have it”.
How could anyone resist a novel with cute puppies on the cover. The book isn’t really about the puppies, but there is plenty of puppy cuteness to enjoy.
Prompt: Someone Reading in public
Daring To Fly: The TV star on facing fear and finding joy on a deadline by Lisa Miller
TV journalist, Lisa Miller’s memoir, about her life from childhood, and deciding on a career in a journalism. Her career led to the excitement of many years as an international correspondent that also brought many challenges to overcome.
I chose this book, for the prompt of someone reading in public, after attending an online reading with the author. Hearing Lisa read excerpts from her book, convinced me that I must read it.. I struggled to find anyone reading in public at the time, as I was housebound due to the broken arm. It was impossible for me to get out as I wasn’t able to drive.
Prompt: Based on the spine
A Woman’s Fortune by Josephine Cox
“With her family’s fate resting on her shoulders, Evie learns her lessons in life fast. It’s going to take a woman’s courage to find a new beginning…”
Historical fiction, my favourite genre. I enjoyed the first two thirds, but then I lost interest in the characters, and struggled to finish it.
I chose this book for this prompt, as the very bright blue spine always stands out to me on my bookshelf
Prompt:Jane Austen inspired
First Impressions: A Novel Of Old Books, Unexpected Love and Jane Austen
by Charlie Lovett
A very imaginitive mystery, featuring one of English literature’s most popular and beloved authors, Jane Austen.
“The author weaves a romantic, suspenseful, and utterly compelling novel about love in all its forms and the joys of a life lived in books.”– Goodreads
I loved this book and would recommend it to all lovers of Jane Austen.
Prompt: Book with an alternate title
Persuasion by Jane Austen
This is Jane Austen’s last book. It is definitely my favourite of her books, and possibly my most favourite of all books. I’m fairly sure this is my fourth reading and I enjoyed it every bit as much as the first time. Each time I read Persuasion, I come across parts that I don’t remember from previous readings.
“As far as we know, Jane Austen meant to use the title The Elliots, but she died before the book was published, and her family decided to go with the catchier Persuasion.”
Prompt: Related to the word gold
Madame Midas by Fergus Hume
“Madame Midas is what they call Mrs. Villiers, living in the Australian mining town of Ballarat. She once possessed enormous wealth, built up over the years by her loving father – and then learned the least pleasant of lessons, marrying an Englishman, whose true colors were soon unfurled at every nearby gambling and drinking establishment.”
My third read of this book that is a favourite. Historical fiction about an unusually powerful woman on the Victorian goldfields, during the goldrush of the 1850s.
Madam Midas was a best seller in the 19th century and the author Fergus Hume’s second phenomenally successful book.
Prompt: Published by Simon and Schuster
The Suitcase Of Dreams by Tania Blanchard
“After enduring the horror of Nazi Germany, and the chaos of postwar occupation, Lotte Drescher and her family arrive in Australia in 1956,
full of hope for a new life….. a sweeping, dramatic tale of love and identity, inspired by a true story.”
I loved this story. There was so much sadness and happiness. At times it was a bit of a roller coaster.
This post features only the books for the 52 Book Club Challenge . Having more spare time than usual, due to the broken arm, I have read many more books than those featured here.
Please note that my star rating system isn’t at all based on literary merit, but is based on my enjoyment for the book. For me a book that gets five stars, is a book that I really enjoyed and found difficult to put down.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️ Unputdownable. Would read it again.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Fantastic read. Not to be missed
⭐️⭐️⭐️ Enjoyable. Would recommend it.
⭐️⭐️ Wouldn’t read it again.
⭐️ Don’t recommend this book at all.
Have you read any great books this month? I’d love to hear from you and promise to reply to all comments.
This post is linked to the monthly #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge linkup hosted by bloggers Deb,Sue, Donna, and Jo. Click on the previous links to check out what they’ve been reading.
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