Time to have a potter around the books that the Costello family read last month – I started off strongly and whizzed through 2 books within a couple of days but sadly the rest of the month conspired against me. I have been spending a lot of time around the internet bookosphere (I made that name up, its not really a place but oh I wish it was!). My To-Be-Read pile has expanded considerably but that is to be expected as I prepare for the best few weeks of the year – Holiday reading! More about my planned holiday reads later in the week.
So how did I do?
Maeve Binchy – Full House 3 out of 5
I mentioned last month that I was hoping to read a Maeve Binchy that I hadn’t previously come across and I did. Only a very short book – a Novella? This is actually described as a Quick Read – I’m not normally a fan of short stories – If I’m spending the time reading, I want to be able to immerse myself in the characters and the story. Maeve Binchy’s writing is so lovely though that you feel you can connect with the characters almost straightaway.
Set in a very ‘normal’ Irish family, we meet mum, Maggie who comes home from work to find that life has changed and needs to change dramatically. She takes matters into her own hands and sets to work in straightening out her grown up 3 children. This book is all about the way families interact with each other, how we take each other for granted and how bad times can turn out good. Its definitely a feel good read. Just wish it was longer! An easy read and probably perfect for on holiday, I would have given it 4 stars but for the fact I didn’t feel at all stretched at the end of reading this.
Lessons In Laughing Out Loud – Rowan Coleman 4 out of 5 Stars
I haven’t read a Rowan Coleman in ages – I saw this in the library and thought it would be a light read. Well, we all know how the saying goes .. Don’t judge a book and all that! This wasn’t a difficult read but it wasn’t as light and fluffy as the cover implies. The start of the book seems fairly typical chick-lit (I think I’m supposed to call it Womens’ Fiction but I actually dislike that more than chick-lit). The characters are easy to get to know. I’m not sure I buy the part about magically finding the shop with the fur coat and the shoes but could live with it. I really enjoyed the second half of the book though – More in depth and explores series issues.
The Wish List – Jane Costello 3 out of 5 Stars
Nope, we are no relation! Jane Costello is actually speaking at our WI meeting in July – We are trying to introduce a literature month and thought she would be a popular choice with our ladies.
Emma is rapidly approaching her 30th birthday (Oh I remember those days!) and comes across a bucket list that she wrote in her teens. The book is humorous, a bit too light-hearted for me though. Or perhaps I’m too old for the target readership? I’d love to believe that everyone’s ex-boyfriends are so accommodating as Rob. If you like a quick read and want to escape reality for a short while though, this would be an ideal book.
I liked the references to the North West – Even Whitewell gets a mention. Jane obviously knows the area very well.
So what about the rest of us?
VIOLET (Aged 10)
David Walliams – Grandpa’s Great Escape
Finally Violet has finished reading this! She did enjoy it but it was just too long for her. I’ve suggested having a break from David Walliams’ books for a while as I’d like her to discover new authors.
Warning: It does get rather sad at the end so beware if your little one is particularly sensitive.
Enid Blyton – Malory Towers
I’ve tried again to get one of my girls to read Malory Towers. I can’t say Vi was keen, she kept saying she had tried it but didn’t find it that interesting. I left her to it and said read 2 chapters before going to sleep. She came downstairs ages later and said she was 6 chapters in! And loves it! I could cry 🙂 Here’s hoping she gets through the whole series.
MILLIE (Aged 13)
Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell
This is such a lovely book. A YA book that I enjoyed a couple of summers ago that still leaves a feel good feeling. I’ll feed back next month, what Millie thought of it.
What I’m Reading Now …
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry. I’m only a few pages in so not involved enough to have an opinion yet. More soon!