Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Recent Reads | April 2017


The past few weeks have been a little disappointing for me reading-wise. I haven’t read as much as I’d have liked to, and I haven’t exactly been blown away with what I have managed to read so far. April had been a little busier than expected and although I have some exciting weekends coming up in May, day to day I am a lot more free so hopefully I will be able to get a lot more reading done. 

The Tiger’s Wife | Tea Obreht

The Tiger’s Wife was chosen as April’s novel for the Women’s Monthly Book Club that I attend. I had never heard of this book, nor its author before being handed a copy and so I had no expectation as to what it was going to be like. I have to be honest and admit that I really struggled with this historical novel. I found the story difficult to follow, the characters hard to connect with and I only got a third of the way through before giving up. I am not usually one to stop reading a book part way through but it was becoming a chore for me to read it and so I thought it best to call it a day. 


A Twisted Tale | A Whole New World | Liz Braswell

Much unlike The Tiger’s Wife, A Whole New World was an absolute breeze to read and I finished the book in just under a week. The premise of the story is a twist on the Disney classic of Aladdin; re-writing the tale as though he did not get to keep the lamp and Jafar was able to make his wishes instead. It was a simply written novel, perhaps for a younger audience, but I enjoyed the story never the less and would recommend it for any Disney lover. I have another Twisted Tale sat on my bookshelf, which I am sure I will read in the not too distant future. 

Hollow City | Ransom Riggs

The third book that I have read this month is the second part to the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series. I really enjoyed the story of the first book and the second lived up to my high expectations. I won’t ruin the story for those who haven’t yet read the first, but you can expect a fast paced novel filled with action, fantasy, twists and turns which will keep you wanting to read page after page. You can read my thoughts about the first book in my Recent Reads & Reading Plans For 2017 post, but if you are a lover of all things magical and I would strongly recommend this as your next read. 


Possession | A.S. Byatt

Possession is the next book on my list that I will be reading. This is the next novel from my Book Club and although it is a bit of a beast, based on the reviews on the back, it promises to be a great read. It is set in the Victorian times, an era that I really enjoyed studying, and I am excited to get stuck in and see what it is all about. 

What have you been reading lately? 
Have you got any recommendations for me? 

Madolyn
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