I am so happy to report that April saw me get my reading mojo back! Has anyone else found this? That the lack of concentration at the beginning of lockdown has given way to a need to just escape into stories as much as possible? In my case it’s to counteract the groundhog day feeling that’s starting to sink in…
My April Reads:
/ Us Three by Ruth Jones
/ The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
/ Rhubarb Rhubarb by Mary Jane Peterson and Jo Thompson
/ The Murder Game by Rachel Abbott
/ Separation Anxiety by Laura Zigman
/ Come Again by Robert Webb
/ Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes
I managed a non-fiction read this month and it was a great one: Rhubarb Rhubarb is a snapshot of correspondence between friends who happen to be a cook and a gardener. It’s crammed with amazingly useful tips and recipes. I have dipped in several times since I first read it!
Fiction was an exciting and mixed bag, from a very sinister murder mystery game (The Murder Game) to an account of a woman’s drug addiction (Rachel’s Holiday), a heart-warming romance (The Rosie Project) and tales of what it means to get older and try and find your sense of purpose in the world (Separation Anxiety and Us Three), I read a selection of stories that really transported me out of lockdown and gave me great hours of escapism. I’d recommend giving any of them a try!
Special shout out to Come Again by Robert Webb (yes, Jeremy from Peep Show), it’s like nothing I’ve read before really as it cleverly crosses lots of genres to create a unique, emotive story that I zipped through one sunny afternoon in the garden. What are your thoughts on celebs that turn to novel writing? I’m not always a fan but here is a great example of why you shouldn’t not read a book just because it has a celeb author.
Until next month, happy reading!