One of my #40before40 challenges this year was to devour 40 books this year. I say devour because I might listen to them too and not just read them. I find listening to books when running, travelling or cooking a fun way to pass the time and have managed to listen to three book already this year – I did have had a 6 hour journey to Cornwall and back though! Incidentally you can Win a Holiday in St Mawes over on Mini Travellers (anyway I digress!).
So what have I read and what am I going to read?
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone – JK Rowling (for about the 5th time!) I started this again as I was hoping the kids would be interested but sadly they aren’t yet. They will be I’m sure!
The Missing – CL Taylor
Haunting and definitely creepy, you think you’ve worked it out and then you haven’t.
The Widow – Fiona Barton
I listened to this because it’s the same reader as The Missing – Clare Corbett and I like her voice. It was a good read and I enjoyed the story unfolding. A murder mystery type book told from a different angle.
Easy reading, nice story but not overly challenging
An epic book, excellent characterisation and a tad hard to read a times but towards the end I loved it.
I am currently mid way through listening to A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
A companion book to the 2014 number one best-selling Life After Life, (which I loved) narrated by the captivating Alex Jennings. Teddy has the chance to re-live his life over and over again. What he chooses to do with this gift is incredible.
In May 1937 a man in his early thirties waits by the lift of a Leningrad apartment block. He waits all through the night, expecting to be taken away to the Big House. Any celebrity he has known in the previous decade is no use to him now. And few who are taken to the Big House ever return.
I also took part in a type of pyramid scheme on Facebook earlier this month where you post a favourite book to someone else and you receive books from their friends. I did very well, posted one (as you are asked to) and received around 12 in return from friends of friends. Some of those are above and they included The Letter, The Poisonwood Bible and The Noise of Time – a total mix of books! Good fun!
What are you reading this month?