Halfway through 2017, and it’s time to take a look at my progress on this year’s Reading Challenge. Am I still on track to reach my target of 45 books?
I had read 27 books when I posted my last updates at the end of May. And I knew that I was on track for a busy month in June, because I had plenty of blog tours scheduled. So I wasn’t very surprised when I checked and found out that I had read six books over the last month. That takes my tally to a total of 33 books read so far in 2017!
So I am well ahead of schedule, and if I keep up this rate, I will end the year on 66 books. I’m not really expecting to read that many, because I usually find I’m too busy to read much in December. But I’m fully expecting that my final figure will be over 50 books. This month’s selection include a novel from one of my favourite rom-com authors, a love letter to the NHS, and a very slim but delicious French novel.
The Second Chance Cafe in Carlton Square by Lilly Bartlett
This is a gorgeous romantic comedy novel, which is perfect for your summer holiday reading. It’s written by one of my favourite rom-com authors Michele Gorman, under the pen name of Lilly Bartlett. This is the second Carlton Square novel, and catches up with Emma and Daniel from The Big Little Wedding in Carlton Square. They’re now married with twin toddlers, and Emma is opening up a cafe which gives at risk teens a second chance. Click here to read my full review.
Catch 52 by PG Ronane
This is an unusual read. It’s the first novel I’ve seen which directly references the aftermath of the 2016 EU Referendum. In Catch 52, Mike McCarthy has to come to terms with the changes in his life following the vote to leave the EU. He’s always been very pro-Europe, and finds it hard to accept the result of the vote. The impact of the vote is examined through a number of flashbacks to his youthful travels around Europe, and discussions with friends and family. Click here to read my full review.
We have Lost the Coffee by Paul Mathews
Imagine a post-Brexit world with no coffee, where the UK is a republic, and there are offices in Buckingham Palace. The UK is embroiled in a trade war with the coffee producing nations of South America. People are having to get by on a revolting pseudo-coffee substitute, and then the official UK coffee stash goes missing. Meanwhile, there’s a rogue Windsor on the lose, and she could be dangerous. This is a fun novel, the third in the ‘We have Lost the…‘ series. Read my full review here.
The Portrait by Antoine Laurain
I loved this book, written by the author of The President’s Hat. It’s a very slim novel, but the writing is so beautiful that you need to savour it. It’s the story of Pierre-François Chaumont, who buys an antique portrait of a man who looks just like him. But when his wife and friends say that they can’t see the resemblance, he becomes disgruntled. It’s the start of a journey to a new life… Click here to read my full review.
Bed 12 by Alison Murdoch
If, like me, you’ve never really given much thought to what goes on inside an Intensive Care unit, then I really recommend you take a look at Bed 12. It’s an account of when Alison Murdoch’s husband became seriously ill with viral encephalitis, and spent several weeks in Intensive Care. Not only does this book make you stop and think about how you’d cope with a family emergency like this, it also highlights the wonderful work done by our NHS. Very highly recommended! Click here to read my Review.
Promised Lies by Marguerite Ashton
This is an action packed crime thriller, full of twists and turns. Detective Lily Blanchette has a complicated personal life, and at work she is heading up an investigation for the first time. And to make things more stressful, it appears that the killer was also responsible for her sister’s murder. As the case becomes more complicated, Lilly starts to wonder who she can really trust. I really enjoyed this book, the first ‘Detective Lilly Blanchette’ novel. Click here to read my Review.