July’s Bumper Reading Month

I read 21 books in July a crazy number practically one for each day of the month. In an ideal world this is how I would spend my life reading lots of books and pottering around in the Hebrides. In July in the Hebrides it doesn’t really get dark so I’m often up early reading.  So here is the July list:

1. 5 Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders

2. Lewis Man by Peter May

3. Chess men by Peter May

4. Women and Children First by Gill Paul

5. I can’t begin to tell you by Elizabeth Buchan

6. David’s Sister by Moira Forsyth

7. The Last of the Line by John Mackay

8. Roof Toppers by Katherine Rindell

9. Freeing Grace by Charity Norman

10. Holy Island by LJ Ross

11.The Hill of the Red Fox by Alan Campbell

12. The Way Back Home by Freya North

13. The photographers wife by Nick Alexander

14. Mr Mac and me by Esther Freud

15. Daughters of the Wind by Jo Blunt

16. The people in between by Gregory Lamb

17. The secret Daughter by Kelly Rimmer

18. The Other Child by Lucy Atkins

19. The New Woman by Charity Norman

20. In the Shadow of the Hill by Helen Forbes

21. The readers of broken wheel recommend by Katanna Bivald
In the whole a very good reading and varied list that took me from reading about the Hebrides to the Second World War and to Cyprus whilst also focusing on books about being a parent.  My favourites were the two young adult books that I read which were 5 Children on the Western Front and Roof Toppers. The former took me back to books I loved in my childhood such as E Nisbet and CS Lewis and the latter just loved the imagination of it adventure on the roof tops of Paris. I also loved I can’t begin to tell you by Elizabeth Buchan which was recommended to me. It’s set in Sweden in the Second World War and the resistance of one woman that changed her settled family life and proved that love in its purest form is stronger than evil. Freeing Grace by Charity Norman was also a favourite about a woman’s desire to have a family and when she can’t tries to adopt but finds that equally challenging. The characters in this book just are so real and each with their vulnerabilities end up by the end of the book feeling like old friends. Equally compelling in the same way was The Secret Daughter which is the opposite to the previous book about a daughter who finds on the day she tells her parents that she and her husband are expecting their first child that she’s adopted. What follows is one of the most beautiful books of the power of motherhood. Finally I had to have a crime book or two in my holiday list and I loved Holy Island by LJ Ross. Who would have thought so much murder and evil on Holy Island too. An exciting new author.

This took me to book 73 of the year as we entered August sadly home from the Hebrides but rested and raring just about to take up routines again.

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40 plus mum of two married with a mad cocker spaniel. Along with two colleagues run Bright Light Marketing a rural marketing agency who specialise in getting rural businesss noticed. www.brightlightmarketing.co.uk. Live in St Boswells in the wonderful Scottish Borders. Love books, walking and living life to the full here in the Scottish Borders though its sometimes a juggle!
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