Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Words Wednesday - April reads

This months Wednesday Words are a mixture across the book genre's. Here's whats been keeping me entertained on my daily commute around London.

  • Take Mum Out - Fiona Gibson  Alice is rapidly approaching her 40th birthday, plodding along with her life being a single mum to 2 teenage boys and managing a small meringue business.  Alice is quite content, however her 3 best friends have other ideas and embark on setting her up on 3 blind dates - this is met by mixed reviews from her 2 sons, ex-partner and difficult to please mum, but with much glee from her friends. This book was much fun, some very laugh out loud moments along with some very heartwarming moments of juggling life on the rapid approach to 40. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, perfect way to de-stress on the tube.
  • A Hundred Pieces of Me - Lucy Dillon  Gina Bellamy finds herself evaluating her life, when suddenly having overcome many obstacles she finds herself living a single life after many years of marriage. Dealing with a divorce and moving into a small flat, her possessions don't seem to fit into her new life, so she decides to keep 100 special things and let the rest go. On her journey she becomes a foster mum to a rescued greyhound, collectively they begin to mend each others hearts. As she works through her things she learns to deal with her past and look forward to the future. This book is beautiful, it touched parts of me that have been locked away for a long time, it is funny, heartbreaking and wonderful all in one read. I loved Gina as a character, brave, courageous and forgiving... on finishing this book it made me evaluate so much, things may be things, but the special things filled with so many memories are pieces of you... gorgeous.
  • Soldiers Wives - Fiona Field This book follows the lives of 3 women in the military. Chrissie, Maddy & Jenna. Chrissie is a medic in the regiment, orphaned at a young age, she finds herself falling in love with a married man. Young, glamorous and very naughty Jenna, married to a up and coming soldier she has little regard for the rules of military life. Maddy, Oxford graduate, now mum to a colicky baby finds herself married to an newly appointed ambitious Officer.  You can tell instantly that Fiona has a military background to write in the detail that she does, taking you from the daily life of army housing to the war torn life of Camp Bastion in Afghanistan. If you loved Soldier Soldier in the 90's or the US Army wives, then this is the read for you, an enjoyable book that brings it home what living life with a soldier of life on the front line is like....
  • Mark Billingham - the Dying Hours.  This is Mark Billingham's 11th novel in his Tom Thorne series, and one of his best. Having found himself back in uniform and being stationed south of the river,  Inspector Thorne is finding life in the police a little challenging. With a series of apparent suicides across the elderly generation, no one will take his claims seriously that fowl play is involved. Embarking on a covert investigation, Thorne finds himself in danger from many sides from the off. A fabulous read from start to finish, not for the faint hearted or squeamish! Glad to see Thorne back on form, filled with suspense, and some very funny & ironic observations of the police force and its politics.  
  • Jenny Colgan - Little Beach Street Bakery  Polly finds herself moving into a flat above an old bakery shop on a small mount just off the coast of cornwall. Polly's move is the result of both her business and relationship failing at the same time, with little money and limited options this is all Polly can afford. To cope with daily life she starts to bake bread, word soon gets out and a covert baking business begins on the island. Over time she slowly begins to overcome the deep ingrained traditions and politics of the island and feel part of the community. Befriending an injured baby puffin named Neil helps her overcome some of the barriers on the island.  I loved this book, it took me back to many a holiday on the cornish coast with my grandparents as a child, walking across the inlet to St Michaels mount. This story captures what seaside village is all about, from community to sacrifice and the bleakness and joy of the seasons. I completely fell in love with Neil the puffin; this book bought a tear to my eye on many occasion, catching me out twice on the tube!... a great read.
I hope that you have enjoyed my Wednesday Words.... Here  are previous months posts of what I've been reading in 2014. What have you been reading this month?... would love to hear what has been grabbing your attention. Enjoy x

3 comments:

Archies Mum said...

I love your reviews of the books you have read. Wish I could read as fast as you can. I've just finished reading Pink Wellies & Flat Caps by Lynda Renham. Very funny read and I enjoyed it that much I've bought another 3 of her books and hope they are as funny as the one above. Keep up the good work with the reading x

mrsmsmeanderings said...

Loved the Lucy Dillon one - first of hers I've read, and was really impressed. Hope you've had a lovely Easter x

mrsmsmeanderings said...

Loved the Lucy Dillon one - first of hers I've read, and was really impressed. Hope you've had a lovely Easter x

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Words Wednesday - April reads

This months Wednesday Words are a mixture across the book genre's. Here's whats been keeping me entertained on my daily commute around London.

  • Take Mum Out - Fiona Gibson  Alice is rapidly approaching her 40th birthday, plodding along with her life being a single mum to 2 teenage boys and managing a small meringue business.  Alice is quite content, however her 3 best friends have other ideas and embark on setting her up on 3 blind dates - this is met by mixed reviews from her 2 sons, ex-partner and difficult to please mum, but with much glee from her friends. This book was much fun, some very laugh out loud moments along with some very heartwarming moments of juggling life on the rapid approach to 40. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, perfect way to de-stress on the tube.
  • A Hundred Pieces of Me - Lucy Dillon  Gina Bellamy finds herself evaluating her life, when suddenly having overcome many obstacles she finds herself living a single life after many years of marriage. Dealing with a divorce and moving into a small flat, her possessions don't seem to fit into her new life, so she decides to keep 100 special things and let the rest go. On her journey she becomes a foster mum to a rescued greyhound, collectively they begin to mend each others hearts. As she works through her things she learns to deal with her past and look forward to the future. This book is beautiful, it touched parts of me that have been locked away for a long time, it is funny, heartbreaking and wonderful all in one read. I loved Gina as a character, brave, courageous and forgiving... on finishing this book it made me evaluate so much, things may be things, but the special things filled with so many memories are pieces of you... gorgeous.
  • Soldiers Wives - Fiona Field This book follows the lives of 3 women in the military. Chrissie, Maddy & Jenna. Chrissie is a medic in the regiment, orphaned at a young age, she finds herself falling in love with a married man. Young, glamorous and very naughty Jenna, married to a up and coming soldier she has little regard for the rules of military life. Maddy, Oxford graduate, now mum to a colicky baby finds herself married to an newly appointed ambitious Officer.  You can tell instantly that Fiona has a military background to write in the detail that she does, taking you from the daily life of army housing to the war torn life of Camp Bastion in Afghanistan. If you loved Soldier Soldier in the 90's or the US Army wives, then this is the read for you, an enjoyable book that brings it home what living life with a soldier of life on the front line is like....
  • Mark Billingham - the Dying Hours.  This is Mark Billingham's 11th novel in his Tom Thorne series, and one of his best. Having found himself back in uniform and being stationed south of the river,  Inspector Thorne is finding life in the police a little challenging. With a series of apparent suicides across the elderly generation, no one will take his claims seriously that fowl play is involved. Embarking on a covert investigation, Thorne finds himself in danger from many sides from the off. A fabulous read from start to finish, not for the faint hearted or squeamish! Glad to see Thorne back on form, filled with suspense, and some very funny & ironic observations of the police force and its politics.  
  • Jenny Colgan - Little Beach Street Bakery  Polly finds herself moving into a flat above an old bakery shop on a small mount just off the coast of cornwall. Polly's move is the result of both her business and relationship failing at the same time, with little money and limited options this is all Polly can afford. To cope with daily life she starts to bake bread, word soon gets out and a covert baking business begins on the island. Over time she slowly begins to overcome the deep ingrained traditions and politics of the island and feel part of the community. Befriending an injured baby puffin named Neil helps her overcome some of the barriers on the island.  I loved this book, it took me back to many a holiday on the cornish coast with my grandparents as a child, walking across the inlet to St Michaels mount. This story captures what seaside village is all about, from community to sacrifice and the bleakness and joy of the seasons. I completely fell in love with Neil the puffin; this book bought a tear to my eye on many occasion, catching me out twice on the tube!... a great read.
I hope that you have enjoyed my Wednesday Words.... Here  are previous months posts of what I've been reading in 2014. What have you been reading this month?... would love to hear what has been grabbing your attention. Enjoy x

3 comments:

Archies Mum said...

I love your reviews of the books you have read. Wish I could read as fast as you can. I've just finished reading Pink Wellies & Flat Caps by Lynda Renham. Very funny read and I enjoyed it that much I've bought another 3 of her books and hope they are as funny as the one above. Keep up the good work with the reading x

mrsmsmeanderings said...

Loved the Lucy Dillon one - first of hers I've read, and was really impressed. Hope you've had a lovely Easter x

mrsmsmeanderings said...

Loved the Lucy Dillon one - first of hers I've read, and was really impressed. Hope you've had a lovely Easter x