WHAT I READ // MARCH, APRIL & MAY

So, I have to fess up here… my reading has totally slacked recently. I got a new job back in March and it seems to have completely drained me. I get up, go to work and then go straight to sleep, and start all over again the next day.

But now I have settled into my job I feel like I have more of routine again, and the energy to get back into reading. The reading challenge is still on, so it is time to get catching up with myself.

Below are all the books I read in march, April and May. It is not a lot compared to usual, so don’t worry, this won’t take long!

 

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A Year Of Marvellous Ways by Sarah Winman 

This is such a magical little book. Set in 1947, Marvellous Ways lives alone by a remote creek. At 90 years old, she spends her days sat outside her caravan, binoculars in hand, waiting for something. She has no idea what she is waiting for, but is sure she will know what it is when she sees it. A young solider, named Freddy, washes up in the creek one day. A friendship between the pair grows as they help each other learn what they need to go on.

It was one of those books that don’t really make sense until you finish it. It is so beautifully written and just flows like a beautiful poem. This was not one I could put down easily.

4/5

 

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We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 

This is a book that every human being on earth should read at least once. I can’t remember how many times I have read this now. It is small, and short but to the point. It takes about 15 minutes to read but has such a passionate and strong message that will forever change your outlook on life.

The essay is adapted from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TedX talk on the same subject. Using her personal experiences, she sets out a very unique and hard-hitting definition of feminism in the 21st century. She so beautifully explains what it means to be a women in today’s world and provides a battlecry for everyone to proudly be a feminist.

If you read anything off this list, make it this one!

5/5

 

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Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin

I actually can’t believe how long it took me to read this Scottish classic. Ian Rankin is a fantastic Scottish crime author and you may already have heard of his main character – Detective John Rebus. Knots and Crosses is the first book in the Rebus series. Set in Edinburgh, Rebus is faced with solving a series of murders happening across the city. During the investigation the character of Rebus is slowly unfolding. He previously served in the SAS and is now hiding from his past in the Edinburgh police force.

I don’t want to give too much away in this one, because I love murder mystery books and wouldn’t want to ruin all the secrets. All I will say is that it is a fantastic story and beautifully shows another side to Edinburgh that is hidden away from sight. I can’t wait to continue this series.

4/5

 

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The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

Just before her 9th birthday, Rose discovers that she can taste emotions. She can taste every last emotion felt by the person that has made the food she eats. All of a sudden her world changes. Her mother is no longer the happy, cheery person she once knew. All she can taste in her mum’s cake is despair and sadness. As she grows up she is faced with the truth of her family’s emotions. This book explores the secrets within every family and the pain in loving people that you know too much about.

I felt really attached to this book until more was revealed about her brothers gift, I think that was too much to add to the story. Overall, it was a lovely little book and I would recommend it to you all, particularly if you are looking for some holiday reads.

3.5/5

 

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War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

Joey wasn’t always a Warhorse, he was once a farm horse with the gentle Albert as his owner. World War One began and changed their lives. Albert’s father is forced to sell Joey to the British Army. The story follows Joey through the war, where he is used for dragging artillery and carrying wounded soldiers. Joey is often left wondering if the war will ever end and if he will ever make it home to Albert again.

This book is one of my all time favourite books. I read it many times as a kid so when I seen it on offer I just had to buy a copy. Michael Morpurgo so beautifully tells the stories of the First World War through the view point of Joey the horse. He tells the tales and shows the pain that soldiers and horses lived through alike. I will never not love this book. If you haven’t read it yet, you have to get yourself a copy!

5/5

 

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The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave 

This book isn’t my usual pick, but just seemed too good to pass up. Isabella Riosse is the daughter of a cartographer who dreams of the lands they are now forbidden to visit. The people are restricted to their island and can only see beyond it on maps drawn by her father. All of a sudden, Isabella’s best friend goes missing and she volunteers to help find her. She is equipped with maps and her knowledge of the stars to guide the search through the forbidden territories. Beyond the walls, Isabella discovers that her real challenge is to save her island from the legendary fire demon that lies beneath the ground.

Reading this, it felt more like a YA novel than a children’s book. It was well-written and the story was powerful. However, it was certainly not my cup of tea. For those that love fantasy, I would totally recommend this one, though its not one for me. I did however appreciate how it was written and did enjoy it overall.

3/5

 

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Business For Punks: Start Your Business Revolution – The BrewDog Way by James Watt

BrewDog is one of the world’s fastest-growing drinks brands, famous for beers, bars and crowdfunding. BrewDog was founded by a pair of young Scots who have a passion for great beer and doing things differently.

Business for Punks is a new look at doing business. It is not a textbook classic on business plans and finance. It is about taking risks and shaking things up. James Watt shares his success and advice for being the best you can be by breaking the rules. 21st century business is a whole different ball game, to succeed you have to stand out from the crowd. This book helps you do exactly that. I was 100% hooked from page one and really felt their passion for what they were doing and had a whole new outlook on doing business by the end of the book.

If you are thinking about starting up your own business, or are just interested in the business world, this is a book you need in your life!

5/5

 

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Perfect Remains – Helen Sarah Fields

This is the first book in a new crime series, and I am so so so excited for more!!

Detective Inspector Luc Callanach has just arrived in Edinburgh and is faced with a series of kidnappings and murders. Beginning in the remote Scottish Highlands, a body is left burning. All that is left to identify the body is her teeth and a piece of clothing. But is it really who they think it is? When a second body is discovered in Edinburgh, D.I Callanach is left racing against the clock to find the killer before more bodies are found. His time in Edinburgh is tough and begins to reveal his past as he hunts down the killer.

I was hooked from the first page and just devoured it as the story unfolded. I can’t wait for the second book, which is out in July. There is so much more still to learn about D.I Callanach and his colleagues, and you get the sense from this book that the story has only just begun. This is 100% a book from those that love a good crime drama, you will be hooked from start to finish!

5/5

 

So, thats the end of another few months of reading. I am really surprised that I enjoyed all of these books. Now I am back on track and will be back to monthly book reviews from June.

 

Have you read any of these? Do you have any recommendations for books I should be reading? Let me know!

 

Comments

  1. Michael Morpurgo always gives me memories of primary school having to read his books. I really want to read The Girl of Ink and Stars as well but I also don’t know if it will be my cup of tea either. I’ll just have to read it to find out. I love book posts they always give me so many recommendations that I can add to my list to read.

    Becks x

    • I read so much Michael Morpurgo at school, and loved it. I remember at primary school he came to our school and read to us. always love going back to his books. The Girl of Ink and Stars is an interesting one, not my usual read but worth giving it a go.
      I love book posts too, can’t get enough!

  2. Omg, SO many good suggestions here! I’ve recently been trying to fall back in love with reading after a little break, and so many of these books sound right up my street! The first I’ll be getting is ‘We should all be feminists’ – its been on my list for a while!

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    • I am so glad you found some good ones on the list, I have been quite lucky with my reading list lately! We Should All Be Feminists is a great one, I read it every few months! x

  3. I’m so glad you liked the Sarah Winman book! I haven’t read it but last year, I read When God Was a Rabbit and it BLEW ME AWAY completely. Such a beautiful, beautiful book so I’d definitely like to read her others. If you haven’t read When God Was a Rabbit I would highly recommend! <3

    • I am so in love with Sarah Winman just now, I read When God Was A Rabbit last year! I am so excited that she is coming to the Edinburgh Book Festival this year! x

  4. Perfect Remains sounds really good. I am also a fan of crime fiction – even real-life crime stories, haha. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake sounds like an interesting book, kind of quaint. I can see why the character’s brother having a special gift as well can make it seem like too much.

    I feel you on getting tired after work and just repeating day after day. I often look forward to the weekends because the weekdays get pretty busy. You’ve definitely read more books than me, and I am hoping to get back into it some time this year 🙂

    • Perfect Remains was so good and I am so excited that the 2nd one comes out in July!!
      Yeah, just need to make time for books, I still spend far too much time on my phone or laptop!

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