April has been a great reading month for me. I have read a real variety of different books and a lot of my inspiration for the books I have read has come from social media. I know it may not be great to be led by social media, but it is a great platform for getting books out there, that you may not necessarily pick up. Part two of my wrap up is here, and as I have said before, I am very behind on my blog posts for full reviews, but I am slowly working my way through them.
Raising Readers by Megan Daley
This lady knows her stuff about books and she is a great inspiration for promoting reading and books it is infections.
Some kids refuse to read, others won’t stop- not even at the dinner table! Either way, many parents question the best way to support their child’s literacy journey. When can you start reading to your child? How do you find that special book to inspire a reluctant reader? What can you do to keep tween reading into their adolescent years?
Raising Readers is published by University of Queensland Press and is available now.
My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
When Korede’s dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what’s expected of her; bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This’ll be the third boyfriend Ayoola’s dispatched in “self-defence” and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is. Ayoola starts dating a doctor at the hospital where Korede works as a nurse. Korede’s long been in love with him and isn’t prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back; but to save one would mean sacrificing the other……
My Sister, The Serial Killer is published by Atlantic Books and is available now.
Remembered by Yvonne Battle-Felton
It is the 1910 and Philadelphia is burning. The last place Spring wants to be is in the rundown, coloured section of a hospital surrounded by the groans of sick people and the ghost of her dead sister. But as her son Edward lies dying, she has no other choice.
There are whispers that Edward drove a streetcar into a shop window. Some people think it was an accident; others claim that it was his fault; the police are certain that he was part of a darker agenda. Is he guilty? Can they find the truth?
All Spring knows is that time is running out. She has to tell him the story of how he came to be. With the help of her dead sister, newspaper clippings and reconstructed memories, she must find a way to get through to him. To shatter the silences that governed her life, she will do everything she can to lead him home.
Remembered is published by Little Brown.
Wundersmith The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
Crow has escaped her deadly curse and joined the Wunderous Society. It promises her protection, friendship and belonging for life – but then Morrigan doesn’t receive the welcome she hoped for……
Morrigan is a rare Wundersmith, but instead of the Society helping her to embrace her power, they seem to want her to suppress her mysterious ability at all costs.
To make things worse, the magical city of Nevermoor is quickly turning from a place of safety into one of danger. Society members are disappearing, someone is blackmailing Morrigan’s new friends, turning them against her – and Ezra Squall, the evilest man who ever lived, is determined to lure Morrigan from the Society by promising to teach her how to use the Wunder that calls to her, which is becoming ever harder to resist…..
Has Morrigan’s dream of escaping her cursed life ended before it truly began?
Wundersmith The calling of Morrigan Crow is published by Orion.
The Art of Not Falling Apart by Christina Patterson
We plan, as the old proverb says, and God laughs. But must of us don’t find it all that funny when things go wrong. Most of us want love, a nice home, good work and happy children. Many of us grew up with parents who made these things look relatively easy and assumed we would get them, too. So what do you do if you don’t? What do you do when you feel you’ve messed it all up and your friends seem to be doing just fine?
For Christina Patterson, it was her job as a journalist that kept her going through the ups and downs of life. And then she lost that, too. Dreaming of revenge and irritated by self-help books, she decided to do the kind of interviews she had never done before. The resulting conversations are surprising, touching and often funny. There’s Ken, the first person to be publicly fired from a FTSE-100 board. There’s Winston, who fell through a ceiling onto a purple coffin. There’s Louise, whose baby was seriously ill, but who still worried about being fat. And through it all, there’s Christina, eating far too m any crisps as she tries to pick up the pieces of her life.
The Art of Not Falling Apart is published by Atlantic Books.
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
In California’s Sacramento Valley, six people meet once a month to discuss Jane Austen’s novels. They are ordinary people, neither happy nor unhappy, but all wounded in different ways, all mixed up about their lives and their relationships. Over the six months they meet, marriages are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements become suitable and under the guiding eye of Jane Austen, some of them even fall in love……
The Jane Austen Book Club is published by Penguin.
Bad Blood Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
The riveting true story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the multibillion-dollar Silicon Valley biotech startup, by the prize-winning journalist who uncovered the biggest corporate fraud since Enron.
Bad Blood is published by Picador.
No Friends But The Mountains by Behrouz Boochani
In 2013, Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani was illegally detained on Manus Island. He has been there ever since.
This book is the result. Laboriously tapped out on a mobile phone and translated from the Farsi. It is a voice of witness, an act of survival. A lyric first-hand account. A cry of resistance. A vivid portrait through five years of incarceration and exile.
No Friends But The Mountains is published by Picador.