Lullaby – I heard about this when the author Leila Slimani was interviewed on the High Low podcast, it sounded interesting and I joined the fairly long line of library requests and forgot about it. Then I got the email it was ready for collection and I’m really glad I went to pick it up. Its a translation from French, but that wasn’t massively noticeable. This is not a happy story but it is a very good book, 4 stars.
What Fresh Hell – I’m torn, I really enjoyed this and gave it four stars but it did niggle me slightly. The book focuses around weddings and how crazy they’ve gotten recently, Lila’s best friend has just got engaged and has decided on a date in six months time, as maid of honour Lila is now on call 24/7 to help her make (and remake) all the decisions; pop this alongside all the other weddings and hens she’s accepted invites to this years and you have a very expensive and stressful year. Throw an overly ridiculous boss and an increasingly distant boyfriend into the mix and Lila’s having a pretty rubbish time of it. At the same time, I felt like it was quite predictable and a little bit happily ever after but I read this in about 2 days and did really enjoy it.
Thirteen Reasons Why – I struggled to get into the Netflix series when it came out last year and now I’ve read the books I’m not really sure I’m going to bother. Really enjoyed the books, it’s a great format that makes you want to keep reading. 4 stars.
Still Alice – This paperback has been sat on my shelf for about 3 years so I figured it was time to actually read it. This was heartbreaking, I bought it because I wanted to read it before the film but I’m not sure I’ll be able to watch it without turning into a complete mess. 4 stars.
The Radleys – Random being driven back from IKEA kindle pick; The Radleys are a family of vampires who abstain from drinking human blood; when the two children discover the real reason they don’t quite fit in, their non-abstaining Uncle shows up to really confuse things. Like all the other Matt Haig’s books I’ve read lately, this was easy to get lost in and really funny. 4 stars.
No More Plastic – A really short read, with some great suggestions and thought-provoking points on reducing your personal plastic consumption; we already follow a fair amount of the advice which was reassuring but its given us a few things to aim at improving; for example trying to buy our veg lose instead of the easier and more convenient way of grabbing a pre-packed bag. 4 stars.
Big Bones – A random 99p kindle purchase; Bluebell has just taken her GCSEs and is determined not to return to school but take on more hours at work and do an apprenticeship, but to do that she needs to prove to her mum she’s ready to take on more responsibility, starting by keeping a food diary for the summer holidays. The book is essentially her food diary, which was an interesting idea; a bit like What Fresh Hell, I read this quickly and enjoyed it but did have some minor niggles. 4 stars.
Sapiens: A brief history of humankind – I finally finished it! This is a bit of a mammoth read, not just in pages but in the sheer amount of information, which is why its taken so long. This was fascinating and the second book Homo Deus is already on my birthday wish list but I won’t be earmarking that for a holiday read! 4 stars.
Titles marked * have been provided for free in exchange for an honest review.