Bookish // Books I’ve read and loved…

book reading latelyOver the past few years, evenings have been spent either reading to the kids or encouraging them to read to us.  The latter proving harder than we thought.  Charlie is dyslexic and I’ve written on here before about how hard it is for him to sit and read a novel to himself.  He’d much prefer to find out facts on the computer or flick through a Lego construction book.

No matter how hard I try to encourage him to read, sit with him, buy him exciting books – nope, it’s not happening.  But why should he read, when I wasn’t actually doing it myself.  I must admit, I spend far too much time scrolling on my phone or watching the TV.  I should be setting an example to my boys, and read, and read when they can see me reading – for pleasure, for myself.  Hopefully it will change their attitude to books, and the bug will rub off onto them.

So, with a new years resolution to read more – I’ve made an attempt at doing so….

world book day

It’s World Book Day tomorrow, yes my two are going to school dressed as Draco Malfoy (Rufus loves a villian) and the BFG. I’ll share them on Instagram stories so you can see!

So, with it being book week / day / year.. I thought I would share the books I have been reading since January… and hopefully by sharing on here on a monthly basis, it will encourage me to read more.  I have to read, if I need to share right?  So here goes….

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

I read this one over the Christmas period, the perfect time to wish for snow.  I found it slow to start, waiting for something magical to arrive. But as soon as it did, I was hooked.

The blurb reads; ‘Alaska, the 1920s. Jack and Mabel have staked everything on a fresh start in a remote homestead, but the wilderness is a stark place, and Mabel is haunted by the baby she lost many years before. When a little girl appears mysteriously on their land, each is filled with wonder, but also foreboding: is she what she seems, and can they find room in their hearts for her?

Winter Stories by Tove Jansson

Another book to read in the depths of winter, with beautiful imagery of the stark Finnish landscape.  These series of short stories are wild, weird and childlike.  Such heartwarming love of her land.

The blurb reads; “Written with such a lightness of touch that it seems miraculous, these stories are a further revelation of Tove Jansson heart warming genius” Ali Smith.
“As smooth and odd and beautiful as sea-worn driftwood, as full of light and air as the Nordic summer. We are lucky to have these stories collected at last” Philip Pullman.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

I absolutely loved this book, and devoured it in a week, staying up til the small hours not wanting to leave it behind. Jessie sure can write, my word, her chapters paint a vivid picture of what life was like in the 17th Century.  This is a book you MUST read.

The blurb reads; ‘On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways . .’

The Muse by Jessie Burton

Well if you loved the first book, you may as well read the authors second!  And I wasn’t disappointed.  Set in Spain in the 1930’s and in London in the 1960’s this book spans art history, civil unrest and the onset of the second world war.  A wonderful drama with a twist.

The blurb reads; ‘On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever. Having struggled to find her place in the city since she arrived from Trinidad five years ago, she has been offered a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick. But though Quick takes Odelle into her confidence, and unlocks a potential she didn’t know she had, she remains a mystery – no more so than when a lost masterpiece with a secret history is delivered to the gallery.

The truth about the painting lies in 1936 and a large house in rural Spain, where Olive Schloss, the daughter of a renowned art dealer, is harbouring ambitions of her own. Into this fragile paradise come artist and revolutionary Isaac Robles and his half-sister Teresa, who immediately insinuate themselves into the Schloss family, with explosive and devastating consequences . . .

Seductive, exhilarating and suspenseful, The Muse is an unforgettable novel about aspiration and identity, love and obsession, authenticity and deception – a masterpiece from Jessie Burton, the million-copy bestselling author of The Miniaturist.’

So it looks like I’ve officially been bitten by the reading bug!  Four books in two months, and I am loving it.

I am taking part in #theyearinbooks a project by my pal Laura Pashby of Circle of Pine Trees blog.  Head over there for more information about it and how you can join in too.

Tell me, what are you currently reading?

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