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 December 2020.
This month started with a non fiction book The Prison Doctor by Dr Amanda Brown. People often have a very warped idea of what life behind the prison walls is like for both prisoners and staff, reading this book with open eyes and minds.
Then I moved onto a wonderful read by Beth O’Leary. The Switch is charming and at the same time it deals with some difficult subjects, such as grief and family estrangement. What is so remarkable about her writing is that despite all of this it doesn’t feel heavy or too taxing to read, especially at the current time, when life is both scary and stressful enough. I discovered her writing, when I was a shadow panel judge on the Women’s Comedy prize for fiction and she has become a firm favourite.
My next read was The Colour Of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah J Harris. Sweet, moving and utterly compelling, it is one of the most original and rewarding murder mystery stories I have read in years.
Following this came another non fiction read, The Doctor Will See You Now by Dr Amir Khan, is moving, informative, very funny in places and a call to us all, the recognise the unique place GP’s have in our lives and our communities.
After this I read a superb historical murder mystery The Art Of Dying by Ambrose Parry. Full of oodles of tension and a collection of amazing characters, it is a highly entertaining read.
Next came a book that has sat on my to read pile for a while, The Mating Habits of Stags by Ray Robinson. Full of atmosphere, stunning characterisation and a story that is both part of the landscape it is set in and reflective of lives that are bound to it.
Rust by Eliese Colette Goldbach is a stunning story of one woman’s journey towards hope in the face of adversity.
Now onto January 2021.