One of my goals this year is to read as many books as I can. My phone is no longer allowed in my bedroom; so before bed I curl up with a book instead of Instagram stalking, which has been bliss, not only winding down, but for my well being as well.
Granted, I am a bit of a slow reader, and usually take at least a month to finish a book (sad, but true), so I’ve roped my hubby into helping me put together these little monthly Book Club Selections, so let’s kick of with some fab picks to skink your teeth into this month…
The Book of Summer by Michelle Gable
A firm female-fiction fave, Michelle Gable has a gift for weaving words into beautiful descriptions and bringing her settings to life. I enjoyed The Book Of Summer (Pan Macmillan) so much! It was a combination of old and new stories weaved into one. A bit of modern day living, with a little peak at what like things were like pre World War II.
The story follows Bess Codman as she returns home to her family estate in Nantucket. A once grand estate that is almost a century old and is now literally disappearing due to erosion. Her eccentric mom “Cissy” is on a mission to save Cliff House, while Bess is on a mission to save her mom – from falling into the rubble with her beloved family estate.
There are many twists and turns along the way, as Bess reads through The Book Of Summer; a collection of Diary entries that have been written since Cliff House first opened it’s doors. Entries that date back to the 40’s, where Bess discovers her family history and learns more about the characters that once occupied the grand grounds of Cliff House.
My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith
I was immediately drawn to this book because of the title! I mean! Can you imagine; escaping to feel the bliss of the Tuscan Sun and exploring Montalicino via Bulldozer!?
My Italian Bulldozer (Jonathan Ball Publishers) follows food writer Paul Stuart as he escapes to this idyllic town in Italy to get away and focus on completing his book. The Bulldozer travel isn’t planed, but after a really hilarious circumstance (even though I’m sure poor old Paul didn’t think it was all that funny) with Italian car rental agencies and a handy connection he meets along the way, that his choice of travel becomes this unique method of transport.
What follows are some rather unique and strangely funny adventures. Although, you don’t expect the plot to shake you up, the characters make for an interesting story on different cultures you’d come across when you travel.
It’s a nice compact read, and I love that it can fit into my handbag, which allows me to catch up on my reading time while standing in those dreadful queues.
The People Vs Alex Cross by James Patterson
Hubby Says: I am a big fan of James Patterson and the Alex Cross series. The People vs Alex Cross does not disappoint, with Alex suspended from his position and fighting for his reputation, career and freedom. All whilst he tries to track down a kidnapping victim in an unofficial capacity.
Patterson tells a well-crafted story, with multiple plots, real depth to his characters, and well researched and accurate detail. As with the rest of the Alex Cross series, The People vs Alex Cross is a fairly dark story, exploring themes of torture, sadism and the darkweb.
This book is not for the queasy, but will be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates thrillers, and is an absolute must-read for Alex Cross fans.
End Game by David Baldacci
Hubby’s review: End Game by David Baldacci (Pan Macmillan) was my first David Baldacci read and my introduction to the characters of Will Robie and Jessica Reel.
The story has Will and Jessica investigating the disappearance of their beloved boss and mentor “Blue Man” from a small rural town in Colorado.
As the story unfolds, Blue Man’s connection to the town and complex relationships are revealed. End Game was an enjoyable read, and I found myself not wanting to put it down. Baldacci is a skilled storyteller revealing enough detail to develop the plot throughout the book, without fully giving it away until the very end.
I enjoyed this read so much that it inspired me to begin reading some of Baldacci’s other books. I have since read Memory Man, and look forward to reading all the books in both the “Will Robie” and “Memory Man” series’.
Which one of these titles in next on your list? Comment below and let me know. Also if you have read any great books lately, let me know so I can check them out!