What I read in December 2020

On the two-year anniversary of my book blog, I present to you my December 2020 round-up. As in November, I read 15 books - I was expecting it to be more, as I got two weeks off for Christmas, but I ended up filling the extra time with lots of TV and films instead!

The House of Sleep, Watermelon, Crash Land, Born to be Mild, Hiding from the Light

The House of Sleep, by Jonathan Coe - 4*

Watermelon, by Marian Keyes - 4*

Crash Land, by Doug Johnstone - 4*

Born to be Mild, by Rob Temple - amusing and reassuring. 4.5*

Hiding from the Light, by Barbara Erskine - 4*

Loving Modigliani, Making It Up As I Go Along, Good Girl, Man at the Helm, Featherhood

Loving Modigliani, by Linda Lappin - 4*

Making It Up As I Go Along, by Marian Keyes - 3.5*

Good Girl, by Mel Sherratt - 4*

Man at the Helm, by Nina Stibbe - 4*

Featherhood, by Charlie Gilmour - 4.5*

Fake Law, As You Were, Delayed Rays of a Star, The Inland Sea, The Bastard of Istanbul

Fake Law, by The Secret Barrister - clear and humane, albeit scary. 5*

As You Were, by Elaine Feeney - 4*

Delayed Rays of a Star, by Amanda Lee Koe - 4.5*

The Inland Sea, by Madeleine Watts - 4*

The Bastard of Istanbul, by Elif Shafak - loved the characters, setting, and history, less keen on who Asya’s father turned out to be. 4*

Looking ahead…

The Coffinmaker's Garden, Mr Wilder and Me, If You Should Fail, The Shape of Darkness, Pulpit Rock

Looking forward to the blog tour wagon rolling again in January, particularly as I’ve bagged a spot on the tour for the wonderful Laura Purcell’s new novel, The Shape of Darkness! As a big fan of Stuart Macbride, Jonathan Coe, and Kate Rhodes, I’m also excited to read their latest offerings.

I really enjoyed Joe Moran’s Shrinking Violets a few years ago, and If You Should Fail looks to be a comforting read for these difficult times.

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