What I read in March 2021

I read 16 books in March, which is a lot, even by my standards! But it was a long month. I’ve been watching Unforgotten, Line of Duty, Back to Life and Parks and Recreation as well as other bits and pieces here and there.

Notebook, Comeback, The Body is not an Apology, One By One

Notebook, by Tom Cox - 5*

Comeback, by Chris Limb - 4*

The Body Is Not An Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love, by Sonia Renee Taylor - 4*

One By One, by Helen Bridgett - 4*

The Rose Code, Stim: An Autistic Anthology, The Night Hawks, The Republic of Love

The Rose Code, by Kate Quinn - 4*

Stim: An Autistic Anthology, edited by Lizzie Huxley-Jones - 4*

The Night Hawks, by Elly Griffiths - 5*

The Republic of Love, by Carol Shields - 5*

Kill Shot, The Fressingfield Witch, Slough House, The Lost Hours

Kill Shot, by Sally Rigby - 4*

The Fressingfield Witch, by Jacqueline Beard - my pick for March’s Book Shelf Raiders. Solid research and storytelling, could have done with additional line editing. 4*

Slough House, by Mick Herron - 4.5*

The Lost Hours, by Susan Lewis - 4*

Because You're Mine, The Rebuilding of Tom Cooper, Confessions of a Forty-Something F##k Up, The Girl from the Hermitage

Because You’re Mine, by Luna Miller - 4*

The Rebuilding of Tom Cooper, by Spencer Brown - 4.5*

Confessions of a Forty-Something F##k Up, by Alexandra Potter - loved it, but had to dock half a point for the suggestion that little free libraries are an adequate substitute for actual libraries. 4.5*

The Girl from the Hermitage, by Molly Gartland - 5*

Looking ahead…

Your Friend Forever, The Emperor's Babe, Find You First, The Dream Weavers, Things Can Only Get Better

I was very excited this morning to find out that there’s a new Barbara Erskine novel, The Dream Weavers, out in two weeks! I also saw a tweet about Things Can Only Get Better, by David M. Barnett, which sounds right up my street, so I’ve added to my TBR. I’m on the blog tour for Your Friend Forever, by Zena Barrie, and from what I’ve heard about it so far, I’m going to enjoy it.

The Emperor’s Babe, by Bernadine Evaristo, is my pick for April’s Book Shelf Raiders - this month’s theme is a TBR lucky dip, so I ran a random number generator and this was the result. I loved Girl, Woman, Other but didn’t like Blonde Roots so much, so it could go either way. A copy of Linwood Barclay’s latest novel, Find You First, has made its way around my family and now it’s my turn with it, which I’m very excited about as I love his books.

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Writer of blogs and short stories, reader of books, player of board games, lover of cats, editor of web content, haver of PhD.

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