My Wonderful Reading Year – August 2020 #MyWonderfulReadingYear

Welcome to a series of posts that chart my wonderful reading year, 2020. I don’t have the time to review all the books I read and wanted I way to celebrate each one. So I’m going to do a monthly post of all the wonderful books I’ve been reading that month. Short snappy reviews, simple comments about why I enjoyed them so much.

It is a scary world out there at the moment and my reading is suffering, but I am keeping it up and hoping my reading mojo doesn’t disappear totally.

Sending Cwtches to all those that need one.

So welcome to my celebration of my reading in August 2020.

My first read was The Twins of Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor with Lisa Rojany Buccieri. 

Moving and beautifully written story of Eva and her twin sister who survived the horrors of the Nazi Regime.

The Twins Cover

Then came the wonderful V For Victory by Lissa Evans. It was such a gentle read and very moving as well. The characters are warm and perfect, the story utterly charming, the perfect combination.

V For Victory Cover

Reasons To Be Cheerful by Nina Stibbe was funny, charming and quirky and I enjoyed it very much.

Reasons to be Cheerful

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams rightly deserves to be a bestseller, it is very moving and funny in a crazy, zany way and I loved it.

Queenie

The came The Bookish Life Of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman which is one of my favourite reads this year so far, funny and charming, the perfect escapist read for our troubled times.

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

From The Bookish Life of Nina Hill I went on to read The Blessed Girl by Angela Makholwa. Which was both moving and darkly funny.

The Blessed Girl

Then I read Flat Share by Beth O’Leary, a delightful, funny and charming read, that made me smile and laugh. 

From the delightful The Flat Share I then read the deeply moving and thought provoking A Song Of Isolation by Michael J Malone.

Then it was off to the seaside and a murder enquiry in Murder At The Seaside by Brian Gee. Gritty and very realistic.

Bookworm – A Memoir Of Childhood Reading by Lucy Mangan is the first non-fiction book I have read for a few weeks and it is beautiful. I found myself reminiscing as I read and remembering how I could fully immerse myself in a book as a child, in a way I can’t always do so as an adult. Hours spend in the library, discovery much loved authors like Rosemary Sutcliff and losing myself in the mists of Roman Britain. AS Lucy Mangan so perfectly says about bookworms –

Reading’s our thing

Lucy Manghan

Next came In Black And White by Alexandra Wislon. This is a powerful story of her journey to become s junior Barrister, and the issues she faced being both a women and of mixed race heritage.

Big Girl, Small Town by Micehlle Gallen was both darkly funny, moving and offered the hope of better times.

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