I always knew that I could never maintain my pace of reading 10 books each month but I didn’t expect things to turn around so abruptly. It took me ages to get into the books I was reading this month. Even the ones I was most excited about. I was worried about finishing my monthly reading challenge but, thankfully, I got there. Hopefully, April will be a bit less of a struggle.
Number of books read: 7
Number of rereads: 0
Number of physical books: 2
Number of ebooks: 1
Number of audiobooks: 4
Number of 5* reviews: 2
Number of 4.5* reviews: 1
Number of 4* reviews: 2
THE TINY WIFE BY ANDREW KAUFMAN
After reading my first Andrew Kaufman book last month, I’ve decided to read his other books. I’m tackling one per month so I don’t get distracted from my reading challenge and buy too many new books at once. This short but sweet tale was well worth a read and just as good as my first experience of his writing.
KLARA AND THE SUN BY KAZUO ISHIGURO
I’m definitely not alone in the fact that this was one of my most anticipated reads of this month. I started it almost as soon as I got it. Would the first book by Ishiguro wrote after winning the Nobel Prize be everything we needed it to be? Short answer: yes. Was it as good as his others? Not quite but any Ishiguro is good Ishiguro.
CROOKED HOUSE BY AGATHA CHRISTIE
Another month, another Agatha Christie book. Crooked House is definitely one of her best ever books but it often gets overshadowed by her other books. Mostly because people don’t often read her standalones. Certainly, in my recent rereads, I’ve been mostly focused on her Poirot novels. I decided it was time to give this another read and further remind myself of how good she was.
Since October last year, I’ve been on a bit of an Agatha Christie mission. I’m not committing to reading/rereading everything but I’m going to read as many as possible this year. It should also help me cross off a few letters for my Spell the Month challenge.
MS. MARVEL, VOL. 1: NO NORMAL BY G. WILLOW WILSON
This book was one of the rejected options for this month’s book club but it sounded too good to ignore. It sounded like such an interesting premise and so unusual. It was also a really quick and enjoyable read. It’s already leapt to the top of my favourites list and I’m planning on reading more by Andrew Kaufman.
THE ROSE AND THE YEW TREE BY MARY WESTMACOTT
Agatha Christie but by another name. I don’t think I’d be alone in saying that I’ve read plenty of Agatha Christie books but never tackled any of the Mary Westmacott novels. It just never felt like my thing. They’re normally termed as “romance” and that put me off. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this. It’s not as exciting as some of her mysteries but there’s definitely something good there.
THE HELLION BY HARRIET YOUNG
I got this book towards the middle of last month and I was excited to get to reading it. It’s written by someone I know through Instagram and I was one of the people who backed the book on Unbound. That was back in 2019 and I’ve been patiently waiting for it to come out. It tells the story of three women embroiled in the Pendle witch trials. You’ll hear more about it in my upcoming review.
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