A bumper reading month in July 

I was on holiday for three weeks of July in Gairloch and then Harris. And as well as enjoying the scenery and especially the beaches I also read almost a book per day.  So here is the list and scores on the doors.

1. The Potter’s House by Rosie Thomas 3/5.

2. Aphrodites Island by Hilary Green 3/5.

3. Game over by Quentin Jardine 3/5.

4. Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult 3.5/5

5. The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty 3/5.

6. The Island Escape by Kerry Fisher 3/5.

7. Strictly between us by Jane Fallon 3/5

8. The Silent Wife by Kerry Fisher 3/5.

9. Islands by Gwyn GB 3/5.

10. Don’t be afraid by Daniela Sacerdoti 3/5.

11. The Message from Lindisfarne by Sally Vickers 3/5.

12. The Trophy Child by Paula Daly 4/5.

13. Cragside by LJ Ross 3/5.

14. The Last Secret of the Devrills by Santa Montifore 3/5.

15. Last seen alive by Claire Douglas 3/5.

16. 183 times a year by Eva Gordon 4/5.

17. Keep me Safe by Daniela Sacerdoti 3/5.

18. Last Seen by Lucy Clarke 4/5.

19. My mother’s shadow by Nicola Scott. 4/5

20. See you in September by Charity Norman 4/5.

21. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult 4/5.

22. The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse 3/5.

23. Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks 4/5.

The majority were easy going books to read perfect for summer reading.  The stand out book of the month was without a doubt “See you in September”by Charity Norman. I love this author her books are always so thought provoking. This is about a family where one of the daughters goes  back packing supposed to be back in September. But in New Zealand got involved with a cult and their lives were changed forever. This book lived with me as with teenagers I could so relate to the story and how it would be one of your worst nightmares. On the negative side it didn’t do much for New Zealand tourism currently not on my top list of places to go. I also found my “Sisters Keeper” by Jodi Picoult very thought provoking with an ending I never saw coming and had me in floods of tears. I am relatively new to Jodi Picoult and what a great find. I also enjoyed one of the hyped books of the summer “183 times a year”. With teenagers in the house it really made me laugh. Finally read Nicholas Sparks for the first time and I enjoyed his book though see from other reviews that he has a type of story. Will try another of his books to see but I did enjoy this one.

Finally on my 2017 book challenge. The Charity Norman book had a Fiona character in it. So person with my name crossed and ticked and finally “183 times a year” has of course a number in the title. 


About fionadranesblog

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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