I’ve read six books this month and listened to seven audio books. Being spring, I’ve spent many hours in the garden, which is why I’ve listened to more audio books than usual. I’ve chosen this month to share two highlight books and one book that I thought would be a highlight, but haven’t totally given up on.
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
This book, for me, was unputdownable. I really loved it. The storyline is believable fantasy. I’m not usually a huge fan of fantasy, but The Midnight Library really touched me and gave me much to think about. This book is about life and death, and being able to choose the life that we live. If we had that choice, would we choose our actual life or a life from a missed opportunity in the past. I did wonder what I would do? Would I go back and take the sliding doors moment?
Sheer Water by Leah Swann
Sheerwater is a a fast paced psychological thriller, set mainly on the south coast of Victoria. There is the heart wrenching story line of missing children, and many twists and turns. The older boy who is missing is one of the narrators. The writing when he was narrating, really touched me, and I couldn’t stop thinking of my own children in this situation. Many tears were shed while reading this book.
The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
I’m including this book as I know that friends, who are readers, have read it. The Rose Code was recommended to me a few times, so I was looking forward to reading it, especially as it was my favourite genre of WW2 fiction. I’ve read so many reviews of this book, giving high star ratings, but I’m really disappointed to say that The Rose didn’t do it for me. I really struggled with the first half, but as I started to get into the second half I had hopes for it. Unfortunately I had to force myself to finish it. I really can’t say what I didn’t like as I loved the themes and the characters were believable. I suspect that it’s my own fault that I couldn’t into this book, so I’m going to give it another go. I read the entire book, in small chunks of time, which I rarely do, and I hve a feeling that this is why it was a struggle. I’m committing to reading it again soon, ensuring that I allow enough time in each reading session, to get involved with it. It really annoys me that I seem to be the only reader who didn’t absolutely love this book.
Win by Harlen Coben – Audiobook
I was a bit hesitant to read this book, but after the first couple of chapters was hooked. Very briefly this is a thriller, about an unsolved family disappearance from years ago and a piece of artwork belonging to the family, that was found at a murder scene. Not wanting to give anything about the plot away, I’d say, just read this book to find out what it’s about.
I have what seems like a never ending ‘to be read’ pile. Books are added much more quickly than I can read them. In the past, looking at this pile of books would make me feel stressed, that it would take me so long to get to some of the great titles. These days I tend to love looking at my pile and feel excited about the great reading to come.
The next two books at the top of my pile (unless something irresistible comes along) are:
- You Me Everything by Catherine Isaac
- Eden In Winter by Richard North Patterson
- What Could Be Saved by Liese O’HalloranSchwarz -audiobook
Reading ‘purists’ may not like it, I but count listening to e-books as reading. I listen to my ebooks on free library apps Borrowbox and Libby.
I’ve now read 64 books in 2021. At the start of the year, I set my Goodreads reading goal at 75 books. According to Goodreads, I’m four books ahead of schedule. However, I am expecting to fall a little short of this goal.
This post is linked to Denyse’s Life This Week
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