Part two of my wrap up again had a wide variety of reads from YA to historical. I will again try my best to blog my reviews on these books.
Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
Keiko doesn’t fit in.
She’s thirty-six years old, she’s never had a boyfriend and she’s been working in the same convenience store for eighteen years.
Her parents wish she’d get a better job. Her friends wonder why she won’t get married.
But Keiko knows makes her happy, and she’s not going to let anyone take her away from her convenience store…..
Convenience Store Woman is published by Granta.
All That Impossible Space by Anna Morgan
Lara Laylor is doing her best to navigate the mysteries of Year 10; boys, enigmatic new students, and a drama queen friend who always takes centre stage.
When new history teacher Mr Grant gives her a special assignment to investigate the Somerton May mystery, Lara finally starts to feel like she’s standing in the spotlight. Found dead on an Adelaide beach in 1948, the labels cut out of his clothes, the Somerton Man has intrigued people for years. Was he a spy? A criminal?
And then Mr Grant goes missing…and Lara is convinced that his disappearance is part of a wider conspiracy. Has her obsession with the Somerton Man developed her powers of deduction? Or is Lara being led into a mystery darker than even she expects?
All That Impossible Space is published by Hachette Children.
Hive by A.J Betts
All I can tell you is what I remember, in the words that I have.
Hayley tends to her bees and follows the rules in the only world she has ever known.
Until she witnesses the impossible: a drip from the ceiling.
A drip? It doesn’t make sense.
Yet she hears it, catches it. Tastes it.
Curiosity is a hook.
What starts as a drip leads to a lie, a death, a boy, a beast and too many awful questions.
Hive is published by Pan.
The Mummy Bloggers by Holly Wainwright
Elle Campbell is a glossy, lycra-clad mum with washboard abs, a ten-year plan and a secret past.
Abi Black has quit sugar, moved to the country and is homeschooling her kids.
Leisel Adams slogs away at her office job each day before rushing home, steeped in guilt, to spend previous moments with her kids before bedtime.
All three share a label that they simultaneously relish and loathe; mummy blogger. And when they are nominated for an award with a hefty cash prize, the scene is set for a brutal and often hilarious battle for hearts, minds – and clicks. As the awards night gets closer, their lies get bigger; their stunts get crazier – and some mistakes from the past become harder and harder to hide.
The Mummy Bloggers is published by Legend Press.
The Five The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack The Ripper – Hallie Rubenhold
Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers.
What they had in common was the year od their murders: 1888.
Their murderer was never identified, but the name created for him by the press has become more famous than any of these women.
The Five is published by Penguin.
I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel
Reading isn’t just a way to pass the time – it’s a lifestyle. Books shape, define, and enchant us. They are part of who we are and we can’t imagine life without them. In this collection of charming and relatable reflections, beloved blogger and author Anne Bogel leads you to remember the book that first hooked you, the place where you first fell in love with reading, and all the books and moments afterward that helped make you the reader you are today.
I’d Rather Be Reading is published by Baker Books.
Annelies A Novel of Anne Frank by David Gillham
Anne Frank’s extraordinary diaries have captivated millions of people around the world. But what might have happened if she had survived the war?
It is 1945, and Anne Frank is sixteen years old. Having survived the concentration camps but lost her mother and sister, she reunited with her father, Pim, in newly liberated Amsterdam. But Anne is adrift, haunted by the ghost of her sister, Margot, and the atrocities they experienced. Her beloved diary is gone, and her dreams of becoming a writer seem distant and pointless now.
As Anne struggles to build a new life for herself, she grapples with overwhelming grief, heartbreak, and ultimately forgiveness. In this masterful story of trauma and redemption, David Gillham explores with breathtaking empathy the woman – and the writer – Anne Frank might have become.
Annelies is published by Penguin.