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March Books

March Books

Posted on: Sunday 7 April 2024

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It would appear that nothing else has made it onto my blog since my February book post (oopsie), and now here we are with my March reads. I'm still on track with a book a week (maybe this explains the lack of blog posts) and March featured some pretty strong reads, although I feel like I'm getting a little harsher with my rating. 

Sisters Under The Rising Sun by Heather Morris // By the same author as The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Cilka's Journey and Three Sisters, all of which I absolutely loved, this one didn't quite hit the same mark for me. It follows two women who end up in POW camps after the ship they were fleeing Singapore on is bombed and they manage to swim to shore. Based loosely on facts, it should have been an absolutely emotional tearjerker because the facts are horrendous, but something just felt a little flat. It seemed to simply flit from fact to fact and wasn't written particularly emotionally. I rated it 3 stars. 

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah // Kristin Hannah is possibly my favourite author and her novels always manage to move me. This one was a little different to her usual style, following two teenage girls who become best friends over the next thirty or so years of their lives. I found it really difficult to like one of them, but I definitely got hooked into the story. Hannah's books are usually a 5 for me, but I rated this one 4.5 stars. I am hoping to find time to watch the TV show though!

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne // I didn't realise I'd read this one before, but it definitely rang a bell when I started it so I think I must have years and years ago. A short read that I found a little difficult to get into because of the way it's written. (It's from the POV of a child and it's written as if by a child.) A German boy is moved across the country with his family for his father's job and ends up befriending a boy on the other side of the fence in a POW camp, unbeknownst to his family. I rated it 3 stars. 

The Moon Gate by Amanda Geard // I seem to have had a bit of a wartime theme going on this month! Set across three different times; in 1939 a girl and her chaperone are sent from London to live in Tasmania with her uncle, away from the war. In the 70s a woman anonymously inherits the same Tasmanian house and set about trying to find out why. Then in 2004, an old photograph raises questions for Libby Andrews and she sets about solving the mystery that her parents never managed to. I absolutely loved this; I did guess the ending before there were too many obvious clues, but I enjoyed it regardless and rated it 4.5 stars. 

Parsnips, Buttered by Joe Lycett // I think Joe Lycett is probably my favourite comedian and his book didn't disappoint. I managed to read it exactly how he speaks and laughed out loud in some places (pretty much unheard of for me). It's ridiculous and nonsensical and I read it very quickly. It would make a very good holiday read or just one for if you need cheering up! I rated it 4 stars. 

Amy x 


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