My month in books – May

What’s happened in May?

May’s provided me with some disappointing and unfilling reads that have slowed my reading progress down. Currently my Goodreads challenge tells me I’m 3 books behind schedule however I’ve bought myself more books this month than I have done in a long time for no other reason than I could. I’m hoping this will spur me on!

I’ve signed up to #PaperbackSummer which is running June to August so hopefully I’ll be getting through a few of my paperbacks. I’ll be deciding what I’m reading by using my TBR jar – see post here for details Paperback Summer Here I Come.

Last week I visited Agatha Christie’s Devon holiday home Greenway which was lovely, there’ll be a blog post and photos to follow 🙂

Books read: 5

The Dead Wife's HandbookThe Red NotebookIn My HouseSolarDisclaimer

 

 

 

Books added to the TBR: 9

Gray MountainTell No LiesRunaway WifeFalling The Night Circus The Truth about the Harry Quebert AffairThe-Year-of-the-RatThe DishNormal

Currently reading: The Ship by Antonia Honeywell

Favourite book for May: The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain

What’s coming up in June?

  • Start of #PaperbackSummer

How was your May reading and what are you looking forward to in June?

Book Review: The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain

The Red NotebookWhat’s it about?

Bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street, and feels impelled to return it to its owner. The bag contains no money, phone or contact information. But a small red notebook with handwritten thoughts and jottings reveals a person that Laurent would very much like to meet. Without even a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions?

 

My thoughts

I’d seen quite a lot of positive feedback for this book on social media over the past six weeks  so when I was given a WH Smith voucher for Easter from my daughter this is the book I chose. There’s been lots of tweets with #therednotebook and #inmyhandbag hashtags to promote the book so I was really looking forward to reading it.

At only 159 pages this is a book that needed to and does get straight into the action; no mincing about, the story starts with the theft of the bag and how Laurent finds it. In the first few pages I find myself really liking Laurent and his sense of doing what’s right.. Although I can appreciate if you hadn’t have warmed to Laurent in the first few pages then I can see how you could come to question his motives and how you might feel that they were circumspect; poking around Laure’s flat etc.

This book is romantic and thoughtful without being slushy and fluffy. Is succinctly written but still full of feeling and emotion and didn’t leave me feeling short changed and I will be sad to leave these well developed characters even though I only knew them for a short time. The book on the whole very much reminded me of the Sandra Bullock movie While You Were Sleeping.

I really enjoyed this and contemplated giving it 4* on Goodreads but then I thought what could the author have done to make it better and there wasn’t anything and also would I read it again? yes, so I gave it 5*.

Do get the book Paperback | Kindle

Connect with the author Antoine Laurain via his website

WWW Wednesday (May 13th)

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what you’re reading this week…

WWW Wednesday

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

In My HouseIn My House by Alex Hourston

I was expecting something very different from this book. It’s very slow and has an overwhelming sense of sadness and to be honest if I hadn’t have been sent it by the publisher and don’t like giving up on books I would have given up by now.

The blurb

Maggie lives a life of careful routines and measured pleasures. But everything changes when, walking through Gatwick a few days shy of her fifty-eighth birthday, a young woman approaches her and whispers a single word: ‘Help.’

Maggie responds, and in that moment saves a stranger, earning Anja her freedom and ensuring the arrest of a brutal trafficker.

But when the story gets picked up by the papers, Margaret is panicked by the publicity, as well as the strange phone calls she begins to receive.

Meanwhile Anja makes contact. She wants to thank her rescuer, but quickly insinuates herself into Maggie’s life.

As her relationship with Anja intensifies, Maggie begins to reveal, in increments, what it is she has been hiding. As a picture of her past takes shape, we are drawn into a slippery moral maze in which every choice is compromised. Maggie’s account is faithful, but she will keep you guessing about what really happened until the very end.

What did you recently finish reading?

The Red NotebookThe Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain

This is a lovely story with well developed characters even though you only know them for a short time.  I really enjoyed this book and contemplated giving it 4* on Goodreads but then I thought what could the author have done to make it better and there wasn’t anything and would I read it again, yes, so I gave it 5*.

The blurb

Bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street, and feels impelled to return it to its owner. The bag contains no money, phone or contact information. But a small red notebook with handwritten thoughts and jottings reveals a person that Laurent would very much like to meet. Without even a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Solar

Solar by Ian McEwan

This is our next book club read and having not being over-impressed with The Children Act I approach this book with trepidation. I have been advised that it’s not typical McEwan and will enjoy it….mmmm we’ll see!

The blurb

Michael Beard is a Nobel prize-winning physicist whose best work is behind him. A compulsive womaniser, Beard finds his fifth marriage floundering. But this time it is different: she is having the affair, and he is still in love with her.

When Beard’s professional and personal worlds collide in a freak accident, an opportunity presents itself for Beard to extricate himself from his marital mess, reinvigorate his career and save the world from environmental disaster. Ranging from the Arctic Circle to the deserts of New Mexico, this is a story of one man’s greed and self-deception; a darkly satirical novel showing human frailty struggling with the most pressing and complex problem of our time.

 What are you reading this week?

WWW Wednesday (May 6th)

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what you’re reading this week…

WWW Wednesday

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

The Red NotebookThe Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain

At only 159 pages this is a book that needs to get straight into the action and it is does; no mincing about, the story starts with the theft of the bag and how Laurent finds it. In the first few pages I find myself really liking Laurent and his sense of doing what’s right and am keen to read on.

The blurb

Bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street, and feels impelled to return it to its owner. The bag contains no money, phone or contact information. But a small red notebook with handwritten thoughts and jottings reveals a person that Laurent would very much like to meet. Without even a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions?

What did you recently finish reading?

The Dead Wife's HandbookThe Dead Wife’s Handbook by Hannah Beckerman

I found this book a bit strange in all honesty. I do like my books to have a sense of realism; a sense that what’s happening could happen and so to be fully engaged in this book you need to believe in some kind of afterlife and I’m not sure that I did/do. There’s elements of selfishness in the main character and although I felt sorry for her and her tortuous experience of the afterlife I never really warmed to her.

The blurb

‘Today is my death anniversary. A year ago today I was still alive.’

Rachel, Max and their daughter Ellie had the perfect life – until the night Rachel’s heart stopped beating.

Now Max and Ellie are doing their best to adapt to life without Rachel, and just as her family can’t forget her, Rachel can’t quite let go of them either. Caught in a place between worlds, Rachel watches helplessly as she begins to fade from their lives. And when Max is persuaded by family and friends to start dating again, Rachel starts to understand that dying was just the beginning of her problems.

As Rachel grieves for the life she’s lost and the life she’ll never lead, she learns that sometimes the thing that breaks your heart might be the very thing you hope for.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Probably one of these; I’ll see where my mood takes me – care to recommend?

books

 What’s on your reading list this week?

WWW Wednesday (April 29th)

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what you’re reading this week…

WWW Wednesday

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?

• What did you recently finish reading?

• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

The Dead Wife's HandbookThe Dead Wife’s Handbook by Hannah Beckerman

I’m finding this book a bit strange in all honesty. I do like my books to have a sense of realism; a sense that what’s happening could happen and so to be fully engaged in this book you need to believe in some kind of afterlife and I’m not sure that I do. However, it’s a beautifully written and very heartfelt novel so I’ll carry on as I am intrigued as to where it’s going.

The blurb

‘Today is my death anniversary. A year ago today I was still alive.’

Rachel, Max and their daughter Ellie had the perfect life – until the night Rachel’s heart stopped beating.

Now Max and Ellie are doing their best to adapt to life without Rachel, and just as her family can’t forget her, Rachel can’t quite let go of them either. Caught in a place between worlds, Rachel watches helplessly as she begins to fade from their lives. And when Max is persuaded by family and friends to start dating again, Rachel starts to understand that dying was just the beginning of her problems.

As Rachel grieves for the life she’s lost and the life she’ll never lead, she learns that sometimes the thing that breaks your heart might be the very thing you hope for.

What did you recently finish reading?

Theodore Boone The ActivistTheodore Boone: The Activist by John Grisham

Having now read the 4th book in the Theodore Boone series I’m up to date with these. I know this series is targeted at younger teens but that doesn’t necessarily other age ranges won’t enjoy it. However, on this occasion I feel that the YA audience will be more appreciative; I found it a litle condescending with an incredibly rushed, predictable ending.

The blurb

Theodore Boone, young lawyer, has had a lot to deal with in his thirteen years, everything from kidnapping to murder.

But he’s come through it all and, with the law on his side, justice has always prevailed.

Sometimes, though, the law doesn’t seem so just. His friend Hardie Quinn is about to have his family home bulldozed to make way for a bypass. Hardie is not the only one affected: other homes, businesses and schools lie in the path of the road. Theo has to tell his friend the bad news: for once, the law isn’t on his side, and there’s very little anyone can do to end the destruction.

Theo joins the campaign to stop the road. But when he stumbles on a terrible secret about the corrupt men behind the plan – a secret it is illegal for him to know – Theo must figure out how to keep the developers from breaking the law… without breaking it himself.

What do you think you’ll read next?

The Red NotebookThe Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain

I’ve seen quite a lot of positive feedback for this book on social media these past few weeks so when I was given a WH Smith voucher for Easter from my daughter this is the book I chose. There’s been lots of tweets with #therednotebook and #inmyhandbag hashtags to promote the book so I’m really looking forward to reading it.

The blurb

Bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street, and feels impelled to return it to its owner. The bag contains no money, phone or contact information. But a small red notebook with handwritten thoughts and jottings reveals a person that Laurent would very much like to meet. Without even a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions?

What’s on your reading list this week?