Here we are with 3, 2, 1, Go! for March, highlighting:
- 3 books read this month that have stood out for whatever reason;
- 2 blog posts by other bloggers read this month that I would like to share; and
- 1 book that I hope to read next month.
- Go! Anyone who wants to join in, please share your ideas in the comments section, or submit your own 3, 2, 1, Go! blogpost via the Inlinkz button at the foot of the page.
Three books that have stood out for me in March are The Man in the Brown Suit, Fools and Mortals and The Darkness.
The Man in the Brown Suit is a classic early novel by Agatha Christie. Anne Beddingfield, the novel’s narrator and heroine, is a wonderfully engaging and dynamic main character who drives the plot at a lively pace and ensures that this novel is a satisfying read. You can read my review here.
Fools and Mortals is the first novel I have read by Bernard Cornwell. I enjoyed it hugely, it is a fast-paced and involving story of Elizabethan London that includes the characters William Shakespeare and Elizabeth I, and it is narrated by Will’s younger brother Richard Shakespeare. My review is here.
Having written about this novel in my previous 3, 2, 1, Go! posts, the link to my review of The Darkness, the first in Ragnar Jonasson’s new Hidden Iceland series of crime novels, is here. It is a really good read with an astonishing twist. And I see on twitter that Jonasson’s Dark Iceland series is currently available in the UK for only £0.99 per ebook on amazon and kobo:
— Karen Sullivan (@OrendaBooks) March 30, 2018
(Embedding tweets does not often work well for me 😞, so I am giving an amazon link as back-up here.)
Part of the joy of blogging is in reading the blog posts of other people – for new insights on that book you loved/hated, or pointing you towards writers and books you might otherwise have missed.
The first post I want to share this month falls into the latter category. Jane @ Beyond Eden Rock has created a list of 12 favourite female writers, the first of whom has a January birthday and so on, to encourage discussion of one writer each month, by her date of birth (you can read more about this and learn which writers are included in Jane’s post A Birthday Book of Unappreciated Lady Authors). March belongs to E H Young, someone I know very little about but I am eager to read her novels thanks to Jane’s blog post A Book for E H Young Day: The Misses Mallett (1922). This blog post has got me intrigued about the ‘particularly cruel twist of fate’ within the novel and also about the ‘rather unconventional new life’ of E H Young. I have not yet acquired one of EH Young’s novels but she is now on my wishlist!
I’d also like to draw attention to a post by writer Cryssa Bazos on Culpeper’s Complete Herbal, a 17th century book on herbs and their uses. Over the years I have read many references to Culpeper (for example in Mary Stewart’s Thornyhold…) but it has taken Cryssa’s beautifully illustrated post Traipsing through the fields of Culpeper to make me realise that I want to lay my hands on a copy! I am starting off with an illustrated kindle edition for £0.99 but I suspect I shall build up to to physical copy.
In last month’s 3, 2,1, Go! post, having just visited the National Library of Scotland’s Muriel Spark exhibition, which I blogged about here, I wrote that I would read her 1957 novel The Comforters in March but my library book request has not yet arrived, so now I am boldy declaring that I *will* read this book in April, come what may.
Over to you: I’d love to know your book and blog suggestions. Please name your choices in the comments section, or write your own 3, 2, 1, Go! blog post and add a link here via this Inlinkz button – this button is to add a link and/or to view links left by others.