March was an interesting reading month for me – now I look over it, it was crime and mystery focused, with a little rockstar action thrown in too. From a classic Agatha Christie read to newer thrillers, an introduction to a new series and a brilliant memoir, it was fun! Let’s take a little look…
My March Book Reviews:
(Click on book title for my full review.)
/ 4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie
/ The Close by Jane Casey
/ Insomnia by Sarah Pinborough
/ The Storyteller by Dave Grohl
Now, if I’m being honest 4:50 from Paddington (a Miss Marple story) wasn’t my favourite Agatha read. Miss Marple was barely in it! But as I’ve mentioned before, I can find Agatha books quite hit and miss, some are absolute classics and others just don’t connect with me.
Interestingly Agatha Christie was in the news this week as it has been announced some of her books will be edited in newer editions to remove insensitive or offensive language. I know this can be a divisive topic as on one hand tampering with classic authors feels wrong but also sometimes, as a modern reader, you do feel uncomfortable reading some of the phrases used in books – not just Agatha’s, it must be said. Perhaps a disclaimer at the beginning about cultural context would be a happy medium?
My other two thrillers this month were great – Insomnia is just the kind of unreliable narrator, twisty tale I enjoy and The Close was my first introduction to the DS Maeve Kerrigan series. It’s always great discovering a new series and realising there’s a big back catalogue to delve into.
Finally – I listened to The Storyteller by the legend that is Dave Grohl, on audiobook. Best known for being in Nirvana and Foo Fighters, I loved listening to him tell stories of his rockstar life and find out more about what makes him tick. Highly recommend!
Until next month – happy reading!