I’m combining this brilliant books post with the online book club for May. Mainly because I’ve been reading so much good stuff lately that when I went to write the book club post, I just had to include the books below.
Each of these books I have loved, been reluctant to put down and as I read before going to sleep, with these books, my bedtime was getting earlier and earlier, and that’s always a good sign right?
Brilliant books to read now
First off is Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.
I found this book when we were on holiday. The hotel had a small library where guests were invited to swap books and there it was. The book I had bought at the airport wasn’t cutting it for me, so I swapped it out and I’m so glad I did!
The book is based in Shaker Heights, Ohio in the 1990s and the sense of place is depicted brilliantly. It starts with a family, the Richardsons, and someone has burned down their house. The book then jumps back in time and the story really begins. But this book has nothing to do with arson, it has more to do with the morals regarding raising children. I can’t say too much more without giving away the plot, but I loved it. I really enjoyed the characters, the insights and it left me wondering a great deal about the subjects raised.
I usually don’t like detective books, but when I read the sample chapters of Dark Game by Rachel Lynch, I found I couldn’t stop reading and it was like that pretty much all the way through!
DI Kelly Porter returns to the Lake District from London, and starts work on a case that has gone cold – the abduction and murder of a ten year old. As Kelly gets deeper into her investigation she’s taken to a world that she’d rather didn’t exist and there’s plenty of twists and turns.
It’s quite dark, there’s a lot of tense moments but it’s a real page turner and keeps you guessing. And the sequel has just been released! I’ve yet to read it, as it’s on my TBR pile, but can’t wait to dive back into this world again.
I read the next book on the list years ago and I’m really looking forward to reading it again, mostly because it’s so different from the books I usually read at the moment.
It’s the online book club choice for May and is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer.
The book has just been made into a film and I really want to watch that, but must read the book again first.
It’s set in 1946 and and Juliet Ashton enters into correspondence with Dawsey Adams of Guernsey. Through their correspondence, Juliet comes to learn all about the society, their island and love of books.
As I remember it was a charming read, one that was gentle and lovely and will be a perfect break in between all the thrillers and crime I usually read!
The next brilliant book is Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny.
Oh this was good and funny and so well written. It’s a novel about marriage, about relationships, but mostly I adored this book for one character: Audra. She is the wife of the main character, Graham and she is just fantastic. Her insights into people are hilarious and the way she over shares her personal life is adorable. Nothing much happens, so don’t expect any whistles or bangs, but it is great to read just for the characterisation.
Take Me In by Sabine Durrant is my next brilliant book and one that I was awaiting eagerly. (If you haven’t read her book Lie With Me, then you must) I really enjoy her writing and so I couldn’t wait to read this one and I wasn’t disappointed.
The book is about a family, on holiday, whose son has a terrible accident. He is rescued by a tattooed stranger, Dave Jepsom, and it’s here that the story starts. Forever in his debt for saving their child, the couple, whose marriage is in trouble, can not put the incident behind them. This book is written in dual perspectives, and it’s the small misunderstandings and lack in communication between them that are particularly cleverly done.
Frankly My Dear, said it ‘keeps you hooked from start to end’ I also did a Q&A with Nicki’s Life of Crime, told With Love For Books 5 things I wish I knew before writing, and I’m at the time of writing, I’m up to 71 reviews on goodreads.
It’s also been picked as What to Read in May by iBooks Australia and New Zealand and I’m pretty chuffed about all of it.
So if you haven’t got a copy, you might enjoy it is all I’m saying. Right, I’ll shut up about it now.
What have you been reading, any recommendations to share with me?