February was a slow book month in terms of quantity but very good in terms of quality. Five books:
1. High Force by LJ Ross 4/5
2. Bone by Bone by Sanjida Kay4/5
3. Private investigations by Quentin Jardine 4/5
4. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte 5/5
5. The Stranger in my home by Adele Parks 4/5
Two ticks on my 26 book challenge for 2017. Wuthering Heights was written over 100 years ago and High Force, Private Investigations and The Stranger in my home were published in the last year. So 3 challenges completed. But the huge goal of this month was finally reading Wuthering Heights. It was a book I felt I should have read at school and didn’t. A classic that had passed me by. But I was put off as I had it down as a love story between Cathy and this handsome and deep character called Heathcliff as that is how it is portrayed. One of the classsic love stories. So I started it last year as part of my 2016 challenge but gave up as a love story the first part wasn’t riveting me and life seemed too short to read a book written so long ago. But then three things happened. One I visited the Bronte home in December during a break and was totally fascinated by the bleakness of their lives and what they achieved in their very short lives. More than many who live much longer. The BBC then playd a role by showing a drama of the Bronte sisters over Christmas. I was pulled in further to this fascinating family. And finally a fellow reader friend challenged me with the treat of a dinner if I managed the challenge. So I started again and again I found the first part hard going. But helped with the background now behind the book and then I became totally hooked. But this is not a love story this is one of the bleakest stories I have read about child cruelty and how what happens to you in childhood impacts later life and then further generations. Heathcliffe yes handsome but one of the blackest characters but was he at fault or was his upbringing? Wuthering Heights was not what I thought and I am glad to admit that it was so much more and so much blacker. It shocked me reading it in the 21st century. So how much more shocking must have been when it was written and then the fact it was written by a woman. Very much in my case don’t judge a book by its cover or how it’s described. Find out yourself.
Other books well two were two favourites crime genre authors. It was good to see that LJ Ross was back to form as I found her previous book not as good as before. Quentin Jardine well that’s one of my guilty reads you know exactly what you are going to get but oh how I love his books. Bone by Bone was a disturbing read of school bullying which as a parent could totally relate too, with a twist that actually fits in well with my points on Wuthering Heights. Finally Stranger in my Home one of the best from Adele Parks an easy read though I am glad that both my children are definatley ours too many similarities in looks and personality not that either of them would admit that.