…fall in the number of books read in the next month!
And all my bragging about having read 12 books? Well I started April with great intentions, feeling pumped up, ready to crack some spines, race through audiobooks on double speed and keep my numbers up…
And so of course I read half as many books as I did in March. Oh well, there’s still plenty of time left in the year and make it up. Goodreads challenge, I’m coming for you!
Optimists Die First, by Susin Nielsen
This is a really charming contemporary YA novel about dealing with bereavement – despite the serious topic it has beautifully light moments. I loved it.
Off the Clock, by Laura Vanderkam
This is the best of Laura’s books so far. I’ve previously reviewed 168 Hours on my other blog and I think that if you were to only read one book by Laura Vanderkam, it should be 168 Hours because it was such a lifechanger for me, but it would be a massive shame if you didn’t also pick up Off the Clock. It explores a little-investigated area of time management – how to feel like you have more time off the clock. It’s really well-structured and researched.
High Fidelity, by Nick Hornby
I have really enjoyed the other books I’ve read by Nick Hornby but although this was his smash-hit debut, it didn’t do all that much for me. I think Nick Hornby returned to the same themes and did them better later on.
Sex Criminals, Vol 1: One Weird Trick, by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky
This was read as part of a secret project that I can’t explain just yet, so I can’t dwell on why I picked this up, but I really enjoyed it! It’s a bizarre premise – a couple discover that they can freeze time when they have sex – that somehow doesn’t come across as silly and lacking in gravity. I will definitely read on.
The River of No Return, by Bee Ridgway
I can’t believe I let this languish on my TBR for literal years before I finally picked it up! It’s an incredible time-travel romance that takes place partly in the Regency period, and there’s secrets, lies, dreams and a massive conspiracy! I love a massive conspiracy. Please, Bee, finish the sequel soon…
We Could Have Been the Wombles: The Weird and Wonderful World of One Hit Wonders, by Tom Bromley
This was published in the 2000s so is a little out of date now but it was still a fun journey through pop history – I made some new discoveries amongst the weird and the wonderful tracks that fill these pages.
Sorcerer to the Crown, by Zen Cho
This was a reread ahead of reading the sequel, The True Queen. Sorcerer to the Crown was my favourite book read in 2016 and it was an absolute delight to reread.