Reading is the one thing that
allows me the opportunity to breathe. It doesn’t matter how stressed I am, it
doesn’t matter how many other things I have on my mind, reading is the only
thing I can do without thinking, without feeling distracted and without it
being a drain on my happiness.
As is the case every month, I
have handpicked a few of the books from my TBR pile to read over the coming
weeks. This month’s collection of books is a mix of psychological thrillers,
young adult texts and contemporary fiction – a little bit of everything to
spice things up! This to be read list is quite book tour heavy, with books
involved that haven’t quite hit their publication date yet!
A book that I’ve just finished,
and was part of the tour for this last week, was the psychological thriller Force of Nature by Jane Harper. As was the case with The Dry, Jane’s debut novel that I read this time last year, I
found myself instantly hooked on the plot line and couldn’t put the book down.
At the end of February, I’ve also
been invited to be a part of the Macmillan
books Only Child tour, a book written
by debut author Rhiannon Navin. I’m
very excited to get stuck into this book as it sounds like exactly the kind of
book that I’m going to love. From the perspective of Zach Taylor, a young boy,
the story deals with the aftermath of a school shooting and the pain that
inevitably follows. I don’t know much more about the book other than this, and
I don’t want to look too closely into it before I’ve read it for fear of
spoiling it. I’m really excited to read it as I’ve heard that it pulls
incredibly hard at the heartstrings.
A few years ago, I read The Girl in the Photograph by Kate Riordan and absolutely loved it.
When Jenny at Penguin Random House got in touch to invite me to join the tour
for her newest book, The Stranger, published March 22nd, I jumped at
the opportunity once again! Set in 1940 in Cornwall, a woman disappears into
the mysterious ocean and is never seen again. The inhabitants of the small town
in Cornwall where this all goes down have to then consider what happened to the
woman and whether they ought to have been more trusting about who they allowed
to live amongst them.
Ann Kidd Taylor is a name that
was vaguely familiar to me and her newest book The Shark Club is definitely something that jumps out at me as
being exactly my cup of tea. I’ve actually already read a good chunk of this
and I’m really enjoying the language style so far. I love the characters Taylor
has introduced, particularly Maeve’s hunky sounding colleague, Nick. The book
will be published on 22nd February and available to buy in all the
The final book I’m planning on
reading over the next four weeks is Turtles
All The Way Down by John Green. I
received this book before Christmas as a gift and haven’t had the chance to
read it as of yet. I wanted to finish off the month with something a little less
‘intense’ than the other books on my list and I’ve always enjoyed reading John
Green’s books. I’ve never actually read one of his books in English, having
read The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherine’s in French,
whilst I was living out in France. I’m not sure whether the difference in
language will change my opinion on Green’s writing, but I’m sure I’ll find it
easier to get through than reading it in a second language!
I’m really excited to read these
books this month! What are you reading at the moment? Have you read any books
that you think I MUST read? Let me know!