Recent Reads – the Radiotherapy Edition

Its been a while since I wrote about my book consummation. I found the posts hard to write, trying to write up a synopsis and not give anything away and the review, but the I had a comment chat with Life As Unusuals (who always does the best book reviews) and realised I don’t need to do that. Hopefully my thoughts on the books will be enough to make you click through to their listing and read more. 

So I’m starting back with some reviews of honest to goodness printed on paper books I’ve read recently – mostly whilst having radiotherapy! 
I bought this book souley on the merits of Eowyn Ivey previous book, The Snow Child, which I adored. And I have to say this book didn’t disappoint. It’s historical, and magical, and adventurous all at once. I learnt about Alaska and the tribes, and their myths, and photography.
It made me wish that there were lands still out there that were open to be discovered – paces that needed discovering, lands where the magical can happen, and people that we know nothing about. 
I read this book during my radiotherapy visits and on one occasion I had to berate my nurses for being too quick, not giving me enough time to read. In the end I sacked off an afternoon of house hold chores to finish reading because whilst I didn’t want this book to end, I had to keep reading! 
I bought this book based souley on the beautiful cover. And the fact I was on a hardback book buying spree. There’s mystery, there’s murder, there’s family drama. Despite the books slightly gruesome undertones, is not a dark read and I found that the characters drew me in and I enjoyed the changes in the time frames.
It might not be the best book I’ve ever read but I really enjoyed it. It’s easy to read, maybe a little hint of a YA feel about it, but a good read and it’s super cheap for the kindle right now. 
Another stunning cover on a book that was a pre-order. I was looking for another author like Rainbow Rowell (if you haven’t read any of her books yet, do so!) and Nina LaCour came highly recommended. And I think it was well up there with the best of Rainbow’s books, even as YA fiction it was beautiful. The characters were flawed and realistic, there is sadness and grief, and love and that feeling of growing up. It made me cry (that might be the hormones) and it made me happy, and the ending. Oh. the ending. If my keyboard had the heart eyes emoji I’d be using it now! 
Jim’s mum bought me this book for my birthday this year. It took me some time to get into it. Not because it’s a tough read but because it needs your concentration and chemo brain didn’t allow for me to concentrate when I started it the first time. It’s another historical novel, based in Manchester. It deals with the lives of women in the 19th century as the rights they have are changing and evolving. It’s not the happiest book ever written, the main characters don’t have a very happy existence, but it was a compelling read!  
Now, I bought this book based on the reviews I read of it being amazing, but I have to say, it wasn’t the book I thought it would be. It wasn’t this great book of the ages I’d heard it was. Maybe I just didn’t connect with the characters. Now, don’t get me wrong, its not that I hated the book, but I just didn’t LOVE it and I found it hard to get in to. But I did like the suspense of not knowing what had happened, I liked the switching between the past and the present and I liked the insights about what goes on it a teenage girls brain.

So, there we have it, some of the books I’ve read recently. And don’t get upset about the state of the book jackets above – books are to be read and thrown in bags and on car seats and in baskets during hospital appointments.

Tell me, what are you reading at the mo? Anything I have to add to the to-read pile? 

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