What I read in 2021
Jan18

What I read in 2021

Reading is my absolute favourite thing to do. Whenever I have any spare time, I read. I’d much rather read than watch TV or spend time on the internet. Unfortunately, life gets in the way and I don’t spend as much time reading as I would like, but I certainly read every day, even if it is only for a few minutes some days. A book usually takes me seven to 10 days to read, but I’ve had books I’ve read in three...

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Don’t Laugh, It’ll Only Encourage Her by Daisy May Cooper
Jan14

Don’t Laugh, It’ll Only Encourage Her by Daisy May Cooper

Don’t Laugh, It’ll Only Encourage Her is the autobiography of Daisy May Cooper, which was published late last year. I very nearly pre-ordered a signed copy, complete with hand-drawn ‘wonky knob’, but then I had a word with myself. I don’t generally spend money on hardbacks, because they’re expensive and I read them too quickly. Then I regretted not ordering one. As it happens, Waterstones had a half...

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The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante
Jan07

The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante

I bought The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante with my birthday money a few months ago, because I loved her Neopolitan Quartet. The Lying Life of Adults has a lot in common with the Neopolitan Quartet – My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child. The main character, Giovanna, is like a cross between the two main characters in the Neopolitan Quartet...

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The Girls by Lisa Jewell
Dec17

The Girls by Lisa Jewell

The Girls was the very first thriller written by Lisa Jewell. I am a huge fan of her thrillers and thought I’d read them all, so I was shocked to discover I’d missed one! Obviously I’m not the only person who had, as it was reissued in 2021 and I picked up a copy in Sainsbury’s recently. Lisa Jewell always sets her books in these vivid and slightly quirky settings, and The Girls is no exception. The action...

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Lamentation by C J Sansom
Dec10

Lamentation by C J Sansom

Lamentation is the sixth (currently penultimate) Matthew Shardlake novel by C J Sansom. It follows on a year from events in Heartstone. King Henry VIII’s health is fading fast and religion is literally a matter of life and death. Right at the start, Shardlake is forced to attend a burning of heretics, including a young woman, Anne Askew. The sight of the burning haunts him throughout the book. It has become dangerous to discuss...

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Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
Nov26

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

I’ve been waiting a while to read Anxious People be Fredrik Backman. Fredrik Backman writes wonderful stories like A Man Called Ove, Britt-Marie Was Here and more. On the day before New Year’s Eve, a really useless bank robber fails to rob a bank. In an attempt to get away, the bank robber bursts in on an apartment viewing by the equally useless House Tricks estate agents and politely takes everyone hostage. In the...

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