It’s time for April’s 3, 2, 1, Go! 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 this month are In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills, Lady Mary, and The Little Broomstick.
In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills is written by Jennifer Haupt. Set in Rwanda and the USA, Haupt writes with sensitivity and understanding about the Rwandan genocide, the Civil Rights Movement in America, loss and grief. Ambitious in scope, this is an impressive and thought-provoking read. You can read my review here.
Lady Mary is a lovely work of historical fiction by Lucy Worsley, aimed at teenagers and young adults. I found Worsley’s empathetic story of the childhood and adolescence of Princess Mary highly readable: in a life bound by Tudor political machinations which saw her demoted to ‘Lady Mary’, her courage and determination stands out. My review is here.
Mary Stewart’s The Little Broomstick (first published in 1971) is classic children’s literature at its finest. Mary Smith’s adventures at sinister school of witchcraft Endor College are as suspenseful and beautifully written as you would expect from the pen of Mary Stewart. And now there is a gorgeous animated film adaptation by Studio Ponoc, called Mary and the Witch’s Flower. My review of the book is here.
This month I enjoyed a post by Jessie @ Dwell in Possibility where she has run with a Top Ten Tuesday freebie to write a post about ‘rainy day reads’ which contains a fabulous selection, including my go-to writers Mary Stewart, Agatha Christie and Daphne du Maurier. Other writers featured include Sarah Waters and Erin Morgenstern – here is Jessie’s post: Top Ten Tuesday: Rainy Day Reads.
A book blogger I have been paying a lot of attention to this month is Helen @ She Reads Novels. She writes excellent, insightful book reviews (and she has also hosted an Elizabeth Goudge giveaway. Which I won!). It isn’t easy picking only one of her blog posts to highlight but I am going to go for her review of Circe by Madeline Miller, a novel I have heard a great deal about: Helen’s review led me to order a copy of the book. I highly recommend a browse around She Reads Novels.
During May, I hope to have the chance to read more books than I have this month… One book I really want to sit down with is Jennifer Morag Henderson’s Josephine Tey: A Life, which I found and bought for a song several months ago. Recently I listened to a Bookshop radio interview from 1991 where Mary Stewart praises Tey’s writing and intelligence – and now I find I am more drawn than ever to read Tey’s biography.
Over to you: I’d really like to know your book and blog suggestions. You can name your choices in the comments section below, 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.