A quarter of the way through the year, and I’m flying towards my 2017 Reading List target of 45 books.
It’s been another bumper reading month, and my pace is showing no signs of slowing. In fact, I’ve managed to get a further 7 books ticked off towards my goal! I’ve been very lucky to receive some great books for review, and I’ve also read a couple that I picked out myself. The 7 books I read during March takes my running total up to 20 books which is nearly half of my target number. If I continue at this rate, I would end up reading 80 books during 2017. But I’m really not expecting that to happen!
This month’s list includes an autobiographical account of life in a female punk band, a romantic comedy from a ‘new’ author, and a fabulous novel from a fellow Shropshire lass.
The Wedding Girls by Kate Thompson
This is a historical romance set in the East End of London in the mid-thirties. I don’t normally read this genre, but I love Kate Thompson’s books because they feel so authentic. She puts in masses of research, and it really shows. In this book, three young women are working to make brides’ dreams come true, while they have their own dreams as well. It’s set against the backdrop of impending war in Europe, and the real-life Battle of Cable Street features. Well worth a read.
This book is by someone who has quickly become one of my favourite authors. I was hugely impressed by Zero last year (click here to read my review), and although this is a police thriller rather than a dystopian novel, I loved it nearly as much. It has a dark plotline with some serious twists, and very gritty characters. This is the third in the DS Lambert series, but you don’t need to have read the first two to enjoy Dead Embers. You might want to go back and read them afterwards though!
What I Did Not Say by BA Spicer
I downloaded this book back in January, but only just got around to reading in March. I wish I’d read it sooner because I really loved it. It’s about Jack, a young boy who is looking after his terminally-ill mother whilst trying to have a normal childhood as well. A family friend, Terry, teaches Jack about astronomy but there’s something about the situation that makes Jack feel uncomfortable. This story is viewed from a number of viewpoints as the story unfolds. I’ll be reviewing What I Did Not Say here on the blog later in the month.
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The Big Little Wedding in Carlton Square by Lilly Bartlett
This is a fun romantic-comedy novel about an ‘ordinary’ girl who is due to marry into a very wealthy family. She wants a small wedding, and the inlaws have a very different idea of what ‘small’ looks like! Although it’s the debut novel by Lilly Bartlett, Lilly is actually a pen-name for one of my favourite rom-com authors. Click here for some clues to the identity of the mystery author!
Review coming soon – Pre-order the Book on Amazon
The Spitboy Rule: Tales of a Xicana in a Female Punk Band by Michelle Cruz Gonzales
I saw this book recommended online and decided to give it a try. It’s a fascinating autobiography by Michelle Cruz Gonzales, who played drums and wrote lyrics for the female punk band Spitboy back in the 1990s. As you can imagine, the band came in for mysogynistic and sexist abuse from all sorts of people along the way. Michelle also had to deal with racism, as the only person of colour in the band. The Spitboy Rule is a quick read, and I’d highly recommend it if you’re interested in this era of music.
The Little Breton Bistro by Nina George
The Little Breton Bistro is a magical book that has definitely won a place in my heart. It’s the story of a German housewife in her 60s who tries (and fails) to end her life, only to start a new life in Brittany. Although the cover image didn’t grab my attention, this book reminded me that there is truth in the saying ‘Never judge a book by its cover’!
Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
I think pretty much everyone I know was shocked when Carrie Fisher died last December. Although I’m not a huge Star Wars fan, I’ve seen all the films several time with my boys. Carrie Fisher once said that when she died, she wanted reports to say that she ‘drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra’. When I read that quote, I really wished that I knew more about the woman behind the onscreen persona. Wishful Drinking is one of Carrie Fisher’s autobiography’s, and it’s a quick and enjoyable read. I’m planning to download The Princess Diarist to read as well.
My TBR list for April includes The Futures by Anna Pitoniak, and All the Good Things by Clare Fisher. I’ve also got a few more review copies that are waiting for me to take a look at. Margaret Atwood’s The Heart Goes Last is still sitting on my nightstand waiting to be read, and I’m tempted to quickly re-read The Handmaid’s Tale. If I get chance after all of that, I’ve just bought Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel’s manifesto We. And for something completely different, how about Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk!