January and February were slow reading months and I was way behind the number of books that I had read over those two months in 2016.
March though took off. I find if I read less it’s a sign that I’m stressed with another sign being that I had also not kept up with my diary. So I was determined to get my mojo back as both things are key to my mental health. Alongside regular walks and good food.
So over the course of March I read ten books though it wasn’t just the volume of books that I read but the quality of the books that made March a stand out month. At least two would be 2017 picks of the year. So my list of March books with scores on the doors:
1. The Muse by Jessie Burton 5/5
2. Perfect Remains by Helen Fields 4/5
3. The Girl Before by Jo Delaney 3/5
4. City of Friends by Joanna Trollope 3/5
5. A boy made of blocks by Keith Stuart 5/5
6. The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain 4/5
7. The Widow by Fiona Burton 3/5
8. Well of Winds by Denzil Meyrick 4/5
9. I found you by Lisa Jewell 3/5
10. The other Mrs Walker 4/5
I don’t often give books full marks but then again I don’t often enjoy books as much as I enjoyed the Muse and a Boy made of Blocks. I had read Jessie Burton’s book the Minaturist after attending an author talk at Mainstreet Trading and really enjoyed it and with the hype over the first book she herself admitted she wasn’t sure how to compete with her first book. She needn’t have worried her first book was very good but her second even better. Set in Spain just as the civil war began and London in the 1960’s. I loved it. Though if I had to choose I loved a Boy Made of Blocks more it simply blew me away. It was one of those books that made you laugh and cry and think. It was so good I even used it as a main piece of a presentation that I gave at a conference and will use the analargy again. It’s about a boy who is autistic but it’s not really about him. It’s about his Dad and his dads perceived failure that he cant communicate with his son. It’s about how his son’s interest in the game mindcraft that allows Father and son to learn about each other but more than that heal. It’s a beautiful book and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
The other books to mention are the ones for my reading challenge a book by a male author Denzil Meyrick and a book by a female author Mary Paulson Ellis. I love Denzil’s crime books set in Campbeltown have read them all and also have my Dad hooked too. This one was also set in the neighbouring island of Gigha which I’ve visited during a holiday in Campbeltown so could imagine the setting perfectly. And with a focus on Nazism it was a win win for me. Only draw back was I read it in one greedy gulp. The other Mrs Walker is a hyped book currently and for me deserves the hype. It’s set in Edinburgh and London and is a crime novel but not a crime novel. It’s more of a missing persons story and a family saga. It’s very good. A less enjoyable read was The Girl Before also a hyped up book which for me didn’t deserve the hype. But that’s only my opinion and generally seeems to be enjoyed but wasn’t really for me and I guessed the ending far in advance of the end. So was a great disappointment. But often hyped up books are.
March for me so far was the creme de la creme of a reading month. I got my reading mojo back read two outstanding books definatley candidates for books of the year and felt a lot more like me by the end of the month. Setting me up nicely for April and Easter holidays.