Book Archive

After what seems like too long, I have taken up reading books again. I have been a member of a book club for some time but to be brutally honest I was just in it for the wine and the catch up with friends! Not sure exactly what happened, but in May 2022 I picked up my daughter’s kindle and downloaded one of the books that had been recommended by a friend. I enjoyed it so very much and I now seem to be on a roll. I am devouring books like there is no tomorrow. This might be somewhat of an exaggeration, but compared to the past 10 years it’s a lot of reading!

As I have a pretty terrible memory I have decided to record the books I have been reading. Maybe you’ll find something you’d like to try. If you click on the book cover you’ll be taken to Amazon.com. If you go on to buy a copy I’ll earn a couple of pennies through their affiliate programme.

Currently Reading

I’ve read a few Murakami books and enjoyed them (even though they are a little bit crazy) so I thought I’d give this one a go

Do What You Love Love What You Do Holly Tucker

Dipping in and out of this book. Reading and re-reading. Always great when I need a bit of focus and inspiration!

On the nightstand....

These books are on my list of books to read. They are either recommendations or things I have fancied, but yet decided to read. This list is by no means exhaustive. When I went through my list I actually started to get worried that I’d never get through them all!

2024 Completed Reads

April 2024

I enjoyed this book so very much. Set in WW2 about a number of interesting intertwined characters. I really wanted to watch the Netflix series, but the reviews are not so great, so maybe not!

March 2024

What a lovely, lovely book. So very sad at points and a little bit shocking/surprising, but overall a great book. I am hoping to watch both versions of the film!

February 2024

I could hardly put this book down. Several intertwined stories with short chapters that kept me turning the pages. A really interesting moral dilemma, written well.

2023 Completed Reads

So, 2023 saw me read 25 books. There were some real crackers! As you can see, I worked my way through much of Taylor Jenkin-Reed’s catalogue of books.

A really touching story about a young lad embalmer attending the tragedy that took place in Aberfan in 1966, finding his way in the world and learning to pen up to those that love him.

October 2023

Evelyn Hugo led a very interesting and complicated life…all in the pursuit of love. I was so sad when I worked out her terrible secret!

October 2023

You wouldn’t imagine that a story about elite tennis would be good, but it was a great read. A real page turner.

October 2023

On my daughter’s GCSE reading list – don’t let that put you off. A truly wonderful book. Sad, uplifting, amusing.

October 2023

What an emotional read! A fiction based on the real life experiences of those that experienced the war in Vietnam. Very moving. Highly recommend.

September 2023

Daughter is studying Macbeth for GCSE so I figured I best gen up! This felt like as good a place to start as any (don’t judge me!). It’s part of a box set that we bought years ago.

August 2023

All about a female scientist set in the 1960s. Looking at the challenges she faces as a scientist, an accidental TV presenter and a mum. Loved it!

August 2023

A great mystery thriller that I got completely sucked into. A great read! I have also read Hunting Party and Guest List. All are good!

August 2023

Amusing story about an old chap who falls foul in the pursuit of love and companionship

August 2023

A thriller set around a gun siege in an English school. A great read that was hard to put down and made me cry in a couple of places!

August 2023

A charming book with some really lovely moments. There are some great characters, each with their own unique story.

July 2023

This was actually on the reading list given to my daughter. Looked interesting, so I’m giving it a go! Only just started and I’ve got a busy few weeks so will probably finish in August!

July 2023

Great follow up thriller from Patricia Wolf, based in Queensland. A proper page turner that I enjoyed reading a lot!

July 2023

I love this author so much. He writes so beautifully. A heart wrenching story about a boys’ correctional institution set in the 19060s

May 2023

A beautifully written set of intertwined short stories about women in Britain with Afro-Caribbean heritage and who have a range of sexual and gender identities.

April 2023

Another recommended read. A lovely story about the power of love and kindness. Set in South Carolina during the early Civil Rights period.

April 2023

This book was recommended to me by a couple of people. The stories of two different women set in both eighteenth century London and the present day. A light read, but a page turner!

April 2023

Good grief this is a horrific book. Not that it is terrible, but the plot is harrowing. The things (some) people do for love!

March 2023

So far a great read about female friendships and how we change and grow as time passes.

March 2023

Love that the story is told from the perspective of each of the main characters, almost like watching a documentary about the story of their lives. The book is better than the Amazon series (IMO)!

Feb 2023

Fascinating and very moving read about the incredible journeys made by refugees.

Feb 2023

Thrilling read that I couldn’t put down. I actually gasped at one point!

Feb 2023

Such a great read and the Australian outback was described so perfectly. It made be homesick (although I never actually never lived in the outback!)

Feb 2023

YA fiction, my 14yo daughter’s favourite book. I cried at one point. Ok, I cried at a couple of points!

January 2023

Written from the point of view of the family dog. Amusing but heart wrenching at the same time!

2022 Completed Reads

December 2022
December 2022
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
September 2022
All My Mothers Joanna Glen September 2022
September 2022
Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead
September 2022
The Outside Boy by Jeanine Cummins
September 2022
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
August 2022
Where the Crawdads Sing August 2022
August 2022
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
August 2022
I am Pilgrim
August 2022
Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
July 2022
The Murmur of Bees July 2022
July 2022
How Much Could you Lose in 29 Seconds by TM Logan
July 2022
Cilka's Journey by Heather Morris
May 2022
Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
May 2022
American Dirt by Jeannine Cummins
May 2022

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