Favourite Read of the Month: December 2018

During the month of December, I read a total of 10 books for this year’s Book Pledge, bringing me to a final total of 94. I was able to read so many books during this month because I was on a two week break from work. Even though I spent time with my family during the Holiday period, I was able to spend a couple of hours each morning reading on the sofa.

The titles I read in December are listed below. To read my reviews (if you haven’t already), click on the title in the following list:

  1. Ahab’s Return by Jeffrey Ford – historical fiction ⭐⭐⭐ 3 stars.
  2. Miss Marley by Vanessa Lafaye – historical fiction ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars
  3. The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton – psychological thriller ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars
  4. One Day in December by Josie Silver – contemporary romance ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars
  5. The Gown by Jennifer Robson – historical fiction ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars
  6. Christmas at the Little Clock House on the Green by Eve Devon – romance  ⭐⭐⭐ 3 stars
  7. The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe – contemporary Young Adult  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars
  8. I Know You Know by Gilly Macmillan – psychological thriller ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars
  9. Bad Angels by Rebecca Chance – romance ⭐⭐ 2 stars
  10. The Woman Who Met Her Match – romance ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars

I read a nice mix of genres: romance, thrillers, and historical fiction. As you can see, my favourites were The Gown (historical), The Perfect Girlfriend (thriller), and One Day in December (romance). I loved all three of these novels and would recommend them with no hesitation. As my favourite for the month I would have to pick The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton because it was so twisty and surprised me more than once.

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Favourite Read of the Month: November 2018

During the month of November, I read 7 books for this year’s Book Pledge, bringing my total for read books this year to 83. I am wondering whether I will be able to read 100 books this year – so near and yet so far! – but that means I will have to read 17 books total. Even though I am on break, I do not think I will manage it. Maybe 90 books.

 

The titles I read in November are listed below. To read my reviews (if you haven’t already), click on the title in the following list:

  1. Beartown by Fredrik Backman – contemporary fiction ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars
  2. Us Against You by Fredrik Backman – contemporary fiction ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars
  3. The Silver Queen by Josie Jaffrey – dystopian, fantasy, vampires ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars
  4. Pride by Ibi Zoboi – young adult, contemporary ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars
  5. Damsel by Elana K. Arnold – young adult, fantasy ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars
  6. The Life Lucy Knew by Karma Brown – women’s fiction, contemporary ⭐⭐⭐ 3 stars
  7. Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris – thriller, psychological thriller, suspense ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars

Reflecting on my choice of reads for the past month, I realise that I have two favourites: Beartown by Fredrik Backman as well as Damsel by Elana K. Arnold. Both novels feature the strength of women and how they find the strength within themselves to change what has been done to them by a man. Even though I love the fantasy novel Damsel, I do choose Beartown to be my book of the month. The novel focuses on so many issues, and it made me feel so many emotions while reading it.

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Favourite Read of the Month: October 2018

During the month of October, I  read 8 books for this year’s Book Pledge, bringing my total for read books this year to 76 books. I may have to up my goal from 75 books this year to 100 🙂

The titles I read in September are listed below. To read my reviews (if you haven’t already), click on the title in the following list:

  1. The Lost Queen by Signe Pike – historical fiction  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  5 stars
  2. The Wife by Meg Wolitzer – contemporary, women’s fiction  ⭐⭐⭐  3 stars
  3.  Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa – Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  5 stars
  4. When We Caught Fire by Anna Godbersen – Young Adult fiction, historical, romance ⭐⭐⭐  3 stars
  5. If Not For You by Debbie Macomber – romance, contemporary fiction ⭐⭐  2 stars
  6. Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris – thriller, psychological thriller, mystery ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  5 stars
  7.  Man of War by Sean Parnell – thriller, military thriller ⭐⭐⭐  3 stars
  8. A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi – Young Adult fiction, contemporary fiction ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  5 stars

Reflecting on my choice of reads for the past month, I would say that I have chosen well. I read so many books that I enjoyed! Two of them, The Lost Queen and Shadow of the Fox, have sequels coming out (hopefully next year). I enjoy both of these genres (historical ad fantasy) and look forward to continuing with the stories. As I have to choose one for my favourite, I would choose Shadow of the Fox. Why? For the humour. Reading the story made me smile, and made me think of the anime that I enjoyed watching with my family a few Christmases ago.

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Favourite Read of the Month: September 2018

During the month of September, I  read 8 books for this year’s Book Pledge, bringing my total for read books this year to 66 books. According to the 50 Book Pledge website, I am ahead of my goal – which leads me to wonder whether I read more books than I think I do 😀

The titles I read in September are listed below. To read my reviews (if you haven’t already), click on the title in the following list:

  1. The Black Witch by Laurie Forest – YA fiction, fantasy  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars.
  2. The Iron Flower by Laurie Forest – YA fiction, fantasy ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars.
  3. Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey – women’s fiction ⭐⭐ 2 stars.
  4. The Winters by Lisa Gabriele – thriller, suspense ⭐⭐⭐⭐  4 stars.
  5. Born A Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood by Trevor Noah – memoir, non-fiction ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars.
  6. P. S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han – YA fiction, romance ⭐⭐⭐⭐  4 stars.
  7. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han – YA fiction, romance ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars.
  8. The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn – psychological thriller, mystery ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars.

Reflecting on my choice of reads for the past month,I would say that I have chosen well. It is difficult to choose my favourite: the choice is between Laurie Forest’s Black Witch Chronicles and Trevor Noah’s memoir. I think I will settle for Laurie Forest’s The Black Witch as this novel not only introduced me to a new fiction writer, but also to a fantasy series that I have grown to love (so much so that I am eagerly waiting for her next novel to come out).

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Favourite Read of the Month: August 2018

During the month of August , I  read 12 books for this year’s Book Pledge, bringing my total for read books this year to 58 books. Can you believe it? Yes, I did read a lot – especially in front of the fan on extremely hot days. When I am on a break from work, I tend to fill many hours doing one of my favourite things. I read a variety of genres and introduced myself to a few new authors. A very varied reading month.

The titles I read in August are listed below. To read my reviews (if you haven’t already), click on the title in the following list:

  1. Jane Austen: A Life Revealed by Catherine Reed – a non-fiction read on Jane Austen ⭐️⭐️ 2 stars
  2. Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin – women’s fiction, romance  ⭐⭐⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars
  3. Little Green by Tish Cohen – women’s fiction, contemporary fiction  ⭐⭐⭐️⭐️ 4 stars
  4. The White Devil by Domenic Stansberry – noir, psychological thriller  ⭐⭐⭐️⭐️ 4 stars
  5. The Mistake by K. L. Slater – psychological thriller  ⭐⭐⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars
  6. The Guilded King by Josie Jaffrey – young adult fiction, fantasy  ⭐⭐⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars
  7. The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molly – psychological thriller  ⭐⭐⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars
  8. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – young adult, romance  ⭐⭐⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars
  9. Find You In The Dark by Nathan Ripley – psychological thriller  ⭐⭐⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars
  10. The Woman Who Upped and Left by Fiona Gibson – romance, women’s fiction  ⭐⭐⭐️ 3 stars
  11. The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand – women’s fiction, contemporary fiction  ⭐⭐⭐️⭐️ 4 stars
  12. The Room on Rue Amelie by Kristen Harmel – historical fiction, romance

I read so many good books during the month of August and after I read many of them them I thought I had found my favourite for the month. Yet when I look back on my list I cannot help but choose The Guilded King by Josie Jaffrey. This indie author has created a world that not only drew me in, but also made me want to read her other books. While reading her novel I could not believe that she was self published – that is how good her writing and story is. The second installment in this series is coming out soon – watch this space as you can be sure I will read the novel.

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Favourite Read of the Month: July 2018

During the month of July , I managed to read 6 books for this year’s Book Pledge, bringing my total for read books this year to 46 books. Even though I was on Summer break from school, my family and I spent 2 weeks in Paris. Sightseeing and family time did not give me much time to read. I did not mind, though, as I knew I could spend days reading once I got back home.

The titles I read in July are listed below. To read my reviews (if you haven’t already), click on the title in the following list:

  1. Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty – contemporary women’s fiction ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars
  2. Liar by K.L.Slater – psychological thriller ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars
  3. The Break by Marian Keyes – women’s fiction ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars
  4. Things are Good Now by Djamila Ibrahim – collection of short stories ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars
  5. The Waters and the Wild by Desales Harrison – literary fiction ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 stars
  6. Killer City by Seumas Gallacher – a thriller ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 stars

During July there were a few books that I enjoyed as well as a few that disappointed me. My favourite novel would have to be The Break by Marion Keyes. The experience of the main character resonated as there are a number of women who have had to experience a break in their relationship. Keyes writes her story with humour as well as empathy. This novel is one that I will certainly re-read in the future.

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Favourite Read of the Month: June 2018

During the month of June , I managed to read 7 books for this year’s Book Pledge, bringing my total for read books this year to 40 books.

 

The titles I read in June are listed below. To read my reviews (if you haven’t already), click on the title in the following list:

  1. Goodnight Nobody by Jennifer Weiner – women’s fiction ⭐⭐ 2 stars
  2. Sofie & Cecilia by Katherine Ahenburg – women’s fiction, contemporary fiction ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars
  3. Sofia Khan is not Obliged by Ayisha Malik – women’s fiction, humour ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars
  4. How to Stop Time by Matt Haig  – fantasy, science fiction ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars
  5. Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark – thriller ⭐⭐ 2 stars
  6. The Boat People by Sharon Bala – contemporary fiction⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars
  7. Still Water by Amy Stuart – thriller ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars

I took pleasure in reading many books during the month of June even though I was disappointed with two writers that I had previously enjoyed (Jennifer Weiner and Mary Higgins Clark). My choice for the book of the month has to be The Boat People by Sharon Bala. This well written novel touched my emotions in so many ways; and encouraged me to think deeply about the plight of the refugees fleeing their birth country. This story was her debut novel and I will be looking out for another tale written by her.

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Favourite Read of the Month: May 2018

During the month of May, I managed to read 7 books for this year’s Book Pledge, bring my total for read books this year to 33 books.

The titles in March are listed below. To read my reviews (if you haven’t already), click on the title in the following list:

  1. The Second Sister by Claire Kendal – psychological thriller ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars
  2. Something Blue Emily Giffin – women’s fiction, romance ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 stars
  3. 9 Dragons by Michael Connelly – thriller ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars
  4. The Dutch Wife by Ellen Keith. – historical fiction, women’s fiction ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars
  5. Rosie Coloured Glasses by Brianna Wolfson – women’s fiction, coming-of-age fiction ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars
  6. Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner – thriller ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 stars
  7. Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King – horror fiction, science fiction ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars

I have so many favourites from the month of May. I loved the Kings novel, Sleeping Beauties. I cried when I read Rosie Coloured Glasses. I gnawed my nails when I read The Second Sister. My favourite novel, however, was The Dutch Wife. I experienced a gamut of emotions while reading this story, and savoured every moment. And the best test? I will definitely reread this story in the years to come.

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Favourite Read of the Month: April 2018

During the month of April, I managed to read 7 books for this year’s Book Pledge.

The titles in April are listed below. To read my reviews (if you haven’t already), click on the title in the following list:

  1. Here So Far Away by Hadley Dyer. A YA fiction novel.
  2. My Secret Mother by Phyllis Whitsell. A memoir.
  3. The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie. A thriller.
  4. Blink by K. L. Slater. A psychological thriller.
  5. The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane. by Ellen Berry. A feel-good novel.
  6. The Little Bakery on Rosemary Lane by Ellen Berry. A feel-good novel.
  7. The Storm by Arif Anwar. A literary type novel.

With the exception of My Secret Mother by Phyllis Whitsell, I enjoyed reading all of the stories I had chosen during the month of April. Looking back, I saw that I had managed to read 7 titles which does suggest that I had read a couple of novels that I could not put down. The Good Liar definitely falls into that category as does Blink. I did enjoy my introduction to Ellen Berry’s writing and savoured her feel-good stories – so much so that I went out and bought the next title in her Rosemary Lane series. I am now eagerly waiting for the next in the series.

For my favourite title this month I cannot help but choose The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane by Ellen Berry. The story may not be as literary as Anwar’s The Storm, or as nail-biting as Slater’s Blink, but I loved it. I moved through the pages quickly, loved the humour in the story, and the connection I felt to the main character. Berry’s story is definitely one I will read again.

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Favourite Read of the Month: March 2018

During the month of March, I managed to read 8 books for this year’s Book Pledge. I read more than the previous month for two reasons: March break and the Easter weekend. The extra days at home enabled me to spend more time reading, one of my favourite activities to relax.

The titles in March are listed below. To read my reviews (if you haven’t already), click on the title in the following list:

  1. The Illegal by Lawrence Hill. A novel that encourages us to think about refugees.
  2. The Good Sister by Chelsea Bolan. A novel that encourages us to think about the relationship between sisters, and the role a woman plays in a specific social context.
  3. The Guilty by Davis Baldacci. A thriller.
  4. The Reversalby Michael Connelly. A detective cum courtroom drama.
  5. Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren. A YA fantasy novel.
  6. Mount! by Jilly Cooper. A story set in the horse world in England.
  7. George and Lizzie by Nancy Pearl. A woman’s story about her relationships with men.
  8. What She Knew by Gilly MacMillan. A psychological thriller.

Most of the novels I read during March were enjoyable and I find it hard to choose a favourite. Thrillers are always a good choice for me and yet I enjoy losing myself in a fantasy world created by the author. I would recommend Weave a Circle Round for any teen who enjoys fantasy fiction; and The Illegal is a novel one should try to read. For my favourite read, however, I would have to choose the one that I could not put down. What She Knew by Gilly MacMillan is a nail-biting story that I would suggest for any reader who enjoys a great read and is my favourite read for March.

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