I can’t believe we are already at the end of May!
This month I read
Total pages 2,708
I began the month with The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary. My favourite character was Tiffy because she was true to herself. Her line of work was also really cool to find out about. The part that I found really interesting was the controlling relationship between her and Justin. It was written so well that as the reader you are able to sympathise with her and understand some of her actions. The Post-it notes between her and her flatmate were brilliant. I did see the ending coming but I didn’t mind,
The Second book of May was Madam Doubtfire by Anne Fine this is a book I have owned for many years. One of my reading aims is to read all the books I own so that’s another off the list. I remember the film from when I was younger and it was exactly the same there wasn’t anything different between the two making it predictable,
Next up was The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The discription of the nature coming to life was absolutely the best part. The way Mary acted to begin with was so horrible, she never did apologise even if she lashed out physically. I understand this was written many years ago but don’t feel like I would recomend it for this reason. My other main issue with it is Colin. As a charachter to begin with again like Mary, he isn’t nice he does change in some ways. I found it difficult to read at times this is because to me it felt as though the message of the book in regards to disability is just keep practising which yes, can be good advice but also can set a young childs asperations to high eaither causing a lot of disapointment or potentially injury.
Usually I love work by Harlan Coben it grips me from the beginning and I can’t get through it fast enough. Unfortunately, this was not the case with Don’t Let Go. The story was good but I didn’t feel any attatchment to the charaters which did surprise me. This will not put me off him as an author as I have really enjoyed everything else he has written. I am unable to say anymore as I don’t remember anything that happened.
Both of the next books were much more enjoyable. The first being Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo. This again came from my shelves from when I was much younger however, I really enjoyed this story and on several occassions was still reading at midnight. The concept was brilliant, a child being lost on an elephant after a tsunami. The relationship between the two felt so real. The other animals that were met along the way made the story even better. The compromise at the end was a really clever way to finish it. Throughout there were some brilliant illistrations too.
A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison. This was brilliant I was able to relate to the charaters. The feeling of adventure was great. The energy and adventure felt so uplifting. I am glad this is the first in a trilogy can’t wait to read the next one.
Cross fire by Malorie Blackman was my next completed audio book. It was not the ending to the series I expected at all. It was a bit darker. I still enjoyed it but don’t want to ruin it for anyone.
My final book was Ali Cross by James Patterson. This was an awesome book to end the month on. It was about a child wanting to follow in his dad’s footsteps of being a detective. The son’s friend goes missing so this is the perfect chance for him to put his skills into practise. I loved the father son relationship.
Which of these books have you read? Which have caught your attention? Let me know in the comments below.