I can’t believe we’re at the end of April already! It’s been a bit of a crazy month, with all the COVID-19 stuff going on and now we’ve been told that lockdown has been extended until May 7th at least here in the UK. One good thing to come out of this is that I’ve had much more time to read this month. I’m definitely making the most of the lockdown by doing some things that I don’t normally get time to do, like reading, cross stitiching and becoming obsessed with Animal Crossing! So here’s what I read in April.
Books Read – 4
Pages Read – 1,553
1. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware (Gifted by Tandem Collective) – 5/5 Stars
This is one of my new favourite books! I enjoyed this so much and couldn’t put it down. It’s about a woman who moves in to an isolated country house to be a live in nanny for 3 children and then spooky things start to happen. There’s all the usual creaky stairs, footsteps in the dark and things appearing from nowhere to set a really creepy atmosphere and make you wonder if ghosts are real! This had a brilliant twist to the end that I didn’t see coming and left me wanting to read more of Ruth Ware’s books.
2. The Cutting Place by Jane Casey (Won from Readers First) – 4.5/5 Stars
This was my first Maeve Kerrigan novel but it’s actually the 9th book in the series. I was a bit worried about starting a series on the 9th book but I found that it wasn’t necessary to have read the others – there were some references to what had happened before but not so much that this story didn’t make sense.
Maeve has to find the killer of a girl who has washed up on the Thames and has been involved with a wealthy mens club. I really enjoyed the way that the writer mixed the murder with the characters personal lives and the way that they all intertwined. It was very clever. I really like Maeve as a character and was intrigued to find out more about her. I’ll go back and read the rest of the series when I get chance.
3. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert (Gifted by Tandem Collective) – 4/5 Stars
This was a different genre of book to what I’ve been reading lately and I found it a nice little reprieve from the serious crime/thriller books. This still addresses serious issues but they’re not as intense. Vivian moves to live with her Aunt in 1940’s New York, at her Aunt’s theatre. She becomes involved with the glamourous showgirls and amazing actresses and the story is about a girl finding herself in New York.
I loved how this story played out and how you can really see Vivian grow up throughout the novel. It’s a definite coming of age novel and shows how important friendships can be throughout different times of our lives. A nice, sweet story that has lessons of love in it.
4. The Porpoise by Mark Haddon (Gifted by Tandem Collective) – 3/5 Stars
This wasn’t my favourite book to be honest. It started our very well and I was really shocked and intrigued as to where it would go, but as they story went on it just got a bit complicated. There were too many viewpoints for me (some that seemed completely pointless too) and I wasn’t very satisfied with the ending either. I feel like too may things went unexplained and would of liked a more well rounded ending.
I got through quite a few books this month and I’m actually ahead on my Goodreads challenge for the year too, so I’m happy with my how much I’m managing to read right now. Being furloughed definitely helps as I have so much more time to read now.