Saturday, 2 April 2016

The year in Books March 2016

March has been another busy month of reading with six books.

So what I have I been reading and what did I think of them.

Jenny Blackhurst - How I lost you - I have no memory of what happened but I was told I killed my son. And you believe what your loved ones, your doctor and the police tell you, don't you? 

Three years ago Emma Cartwright used to be known as Susan Webster. Susan Webster was accused and convicted of killing her 12 week old son. She was sent to a Psychiatric Institute and has just been released. With her new identity and a new address she has a chance to rebuild her life, that is until she receives an envelope addressed to Susan Webster. Inside the envelope is a photograph of a young boy, on the back is written Dylan January 2013.  Susan has never remembered what happened the day that her son was found dead and now she is left not knowing for sure that he is dead.  This is Susan's journey to find out what did happen to her son and if there is the slightest chance that he is still alive then she is determined to find him.  

Very good read and would recommend.

Caitlin Moran - How to build a girl - My name is Johanna Morrigan. I'm fourteen and I've just decided to kill myself. I don't really want to die, of course! I just need to kill the old me., and build a new girl. Dolly Wilde will be everything I want to be, and more! But as with all the best coming of age stories, it doesn't exactly go to plan.

Johanna Morrigan isn't happy with her lot. She decides that she needs to reinvent herself in order to have the life she craves.  Meet Dolly Wilde the alter ego of Johanna Morrigan.  I struggled with this book it has to be said.  It was not unlike reading the script of shameless but possibly worse and with a lot of foul language to boot.   As it was a Radio 2 book club recommendation I thought it would be a really good book and had the potential to be but sadly not for me and not one I would necessarily recommend. 

Terry Pratchett - Equal Rites - They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it is not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance. The last thing the wizard Drum Billet did, before Death laid a bony hand on his shoulder, was to pass on his staff of power to the eighth son of an eighth son. 

In reality he didn't check that the baby in question was a son. Everybody knows that there is not such thing as a female wizard. But now it's gone and happened, there's nothing much anyone can do about it. Let the battle of the sexes begin.  I have really enjoyed getting to know Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.  This one is total girl power and I loved it.  I can certainly see why his books have such a following. 

Judy Finnigan - I do not sleep - Do not stand at my grave and weep; I am not there. I do not sleep. There is nothing more powerful than a mother's love. Five years ago, Molly Gabriel lost her twenty year old son, Joey, to a terrible sailing accident. His empty boat was washed ashore on the rocks, but his body was never found. Now Molly has returned to the sands of Cornwall haunted by his disappearance, unable to to accept he is gone. Joey was an experienced sailor and died on a calm sea - things just don't add up and Molly cannot let go. 

I had read Judy Finnigan's first novel Eloise a while ago. I then heard an interview by Graham Norton and loved the sound of this her second novel.  It was by far a big improvement on her first novel.  I did enjoy reading it and it was far more believable than Eloise.  It would make a good holiday read a novel you can pick up as and when you have time rather than gripping. 

David Nicholls - Us - Douglas and Connie; Scientist and artist, and for more than twenty years, husband and wife - until suddenly, their marriage seems over.  But Douglas is going to win back the love of his wife and the respect of Albie, their teenage son, by organising the holiday of of a lifetime. 

I loved this book, it had me laughing out loud, and let me tell you, you get some very strange looks when you laugh out loud on public transport.  Douglas tries everything he can to make this a holiday of a life time and I am not going to spoil the outcome and would recommend that you read it for yourself to find out.  

Brooke Powley - The Other Wife - Elizabeth Jones has been placed under arrest for killing Rose Boston. The same Rose Boston that her husband, Rob once had an affair with. To the outside world it seems like a clear cut case. But Rose Boston had been suffering from a long, terminal illness - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). In her darkest hour she asked Libby for help. As the lines between what is right and wrong become blurred we are left wondering. If your friend asked you to help her to die ... what would you do? 

I have read this authors two previous novels, the first one I loved, the second I liked and this her third was excellent.  You get to know each of the characters really well including that of Rose Boston and get a good understanding of her struggle with a terminal illness.  You get to know Libby's incredible character. Not sure I would except my husband having an affair especially as a result of that affair there was a child. Then to take on that child as if it were your own and look after his terminally ill mother.  Each chapter gives you an insight to each of the characters within the family and those of close family friends.  Very well written and definitely my favourite read of March.  Would definitely recommend.

Well that's my reads for March and I have already started my first novel for April with Jonathan Harvey's The Secret's We Keep.  I am 75 pages in a little unsure so far but with another 300+ pages to go it certainly has time to pick up.

Happy reading one & all



  1. It sounds like a good month on the whole. How I Lost You sounds like my kind of book and I've had Us on my list for a while, ever since I read One Day, I enjoyed that and thought I would probably enjoy this one too.

  2. It was a bit of a mixed bag really some better than others but I think you would like How I lost you and Us.

  3. It was a bit of a mixed bag really some better than others but I think you would like How I lost you and Us.

  4. It was a bit of a mixed bag really some better than others but I think you would like How I lost you and Us.

  5. Interesting recommendations Mitzi. I heard the same interview on the Graham Norton show and thank you for reminding me about the book. I read her first novel and enjoyed it as a light reading option, I must look out for this one X

  6. Some really good recommendations - thank you.

  7. Hey Mitzi,
    I have had the same funny looks when chuckling out loud at a book I'm reading. I was going to read Caitlin Moran's novel, but I think I'll pass now. Maybe the David Nicholls one instead. Have a lovely week.
    Leanne xx

  8. I do like the sound of a couple of those especially the first one, it sounds like something our book club would enjoy. On the whole a good month's worth of reading there.
    Lisa x

  9. I like the look of all these books Mitzi, especially the Jenny Blackhurst and David Nicholls. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on them. Have a great week. Jxx