Book Reviews

‘The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.’ Alan Bennett

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.” ― Franz Kafka

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

My (late) April 2015 reading round-up & May reading

I'm here with a very late April wrap-up, oops!
As well as struggling to post this month, I haven't been getting around the blogs I love to read much yet this month either, so apologies for that and I am looking forward to catching up on reading lots of reviews and other posts asap.  

I read these books in April:

The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith

The Worrier's Guide to Life - Gemma Correll

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe - Fanny Flagg

Hausfrau - Jill Alexander Essbaum

A History of Loneliness - John Boyne

Books reviewed in April on the blog: 

Book(s) of the month for April...

Amazing book, I was addicted to it, the location, the language, Anna's life, so desperate and painful, but superbly and poetically written. Definite shades of Emma Bovary.


(and a mention for A History of Loneliness, a very good read.)

May reading

In May so far I've read Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans, The Humans by Matt Haig, Amulet Volume 1: The Storekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi, Paris for One by Jojo Moyes, and I'm currently reading Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, and City of Thieves by David Benioff. 

I've almost finished listening to the audio book of Moab is my Washpot by Stephen Fry. 

And I've been dipping into an interesting non-fiction book, All Day Long - A Portrait of Britain at Work, by Joanna Biggs.


What was your favourite read in April 2015?

Wishing you a great month (for the rest) of May!



  1. How's Middlesex? It's been in my local charity shop for 50p for ages and I've been swithering over it for ages. Would you recommend?

  2. Ah, look forward to reading your full review of Hausfrau - so many people disliked it. I liked it, thought it was a challenging read (in a good way), but thought maybe I was biased because of the setting (I too live in Switzerland, albeit in Geneva).

  3. I've been debating reading Hausfrau for a while now. It sounds amazing, but I have seen such a mix of reviews. I guess I'll have to make my own mind up! I hope you're enjoying Middlesex, I remember it being a bit of a whirlwind :)

  4. This looks to be a great bunch of books.

    Hausfrau seems to be a fascinating character study and a book well worth reading.

    I am jealous of the number of books that you have completed. I have been reading some very long books so my completion rate has been very slow.

  5. I wasn't as big of a fan of Hausfrau as a lot of other people were, but you are definitely in the majority!

  6. Oh John Boyne, I've read two of his books and really enjoyed them so much check this one out.

    Like a few other people I know Middlesex has been on my TBR pile for longer than I care to remember. One of those books I keep picking up only to return to the pile. I'm looking forward to reading your thoughts in the hope of your convincing me to read it or put it in the box destined for a charity shop.

  7. Looking at your list, the only one I've read is Middlesex, which I loved. Hope you're enjoying it as well. It's my favourite of Eugenides' novels and I hope it's not too long before we see another one from him.

  8. I've had a hard time getting much done lately. I think it's the beginning of summer thing. I'm curious about Hausfrau and Paris for One is on my TBR.

  9. I didn't have a 5 star read in April but I did enjoy Inside the O'Briens by Lisa Genova and it helped raise awareness on HD. I need to go see if I have read that Jojo Moyes book Lynz, I love her work but not sure I have read that one.

    Hope your well lovey & nice to "see" you back xxx



Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and leave a comment. It's great reading your comments and I really appreciate them :)