Just before Christmas I started Broken Angels by Graham Masterson only to realise within the first few pages that this was book two of four. So I stopped and immediately downloaded White Bones. Come Christmas morning I then discovered I had been given a further eight books one of which was The Great Christmas Knit Off. Well with it being Christmas I felt this one needed to be read immediately so ended up with two books on the go at the same time. Now normally I don't do that as I would normally confuse the stories and in turn would confuse myself (which doesn't always take a lot let me tell you). But as they were so completely polls a part I didn't think I would get the two story lines mixed up.
The Great Christmas Knit Off.was a great little read very much a chick flick sorted of book and a little a long the lines of Bridgett Jone's diary. If it were ever to be made into a film and I had to pick the actress to play Sybil I think it would have to be Joanna Page (of Gavin & Stacey fame).
Then it was back to the Graham Masterson Katie Maguire series of books in earnest. I was totally immersed in White Bones & Broken Angels they were brilliant reads and the twists in the stories were fantastic. I was definitely left needing to know more about Katie Maguire and what was going to happen in her life next. The third in the series Red Light was good but not as good as the first two. Lastly I read Taken for Dead which in my humble opinion let the series down and was certainly less believable and more predictable in places. There is a fifth book due out in Autumn of this year but until I see the synopsis I'm not sure that it will be a must have download.
This year I set myself challenges, as I do every year, I can't do resolutions as I know inside of three weeks I will have given up where as challenges seem to work for me. This years book challenge is to re read some of those books I enjoyed reading in my child hood and that of my children. January kicked off with The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett. This was always one of my favourites every since I was at primary school and my then teacher Mrs Rose read it to us. From then I was hooked and when my daughter came along many years later it was one of the books we shared whilst she was growing up. In fact since telling her about my challenge and which book I had picked as my January read she has now unearthed her own copy and is re-reading it again. Who knows one day she may a daughter of her own to share it with.
The Winter Ghost - Kate Mosse was another dowload to my Kindle, I have always liked ghost stories and was looking forward to reading this one. I was not to be disappointed. I was what I would call an easy read in as much as I could pick it up at varying times and not loose the thread of the story. I had sort of guessed the twist in the story but you were left not knowing for sure until the end which is just how I like my ghost stories to be. I was given Misteltoe Bride for Christmas which is now in the queue for reading.
As I have already said, and probably posted, I was given eight books this Christmas and I'm now going to tell you about another two. I think most of us thought it very sad when Lynda Bellingham lost her fight against cancer towards the end of last year. In her book There's Something I've Been Dying to Tell You she talks openly about her diagnosis and the impact it had on her and her family but in her usual light hearted manor without a bleak moment with in it and I'm sure it was her humor that got her through to the end. The book stops at the point she makes her decision to stop any further treatment.
Now as you know from the selection of books that I read each month I like to pick a book of the month and my book for January 2015 is Kristin Hannah's Winter Garden. It tells the story of two sisters and their elderly parents. One sister was a stay local to mum and dad, married mum of two daughters and works in the family orchard business, the other is a high flying photojournalist, who travels all over the world. Their mother has never really shown them love and affection and now as adults they struggle to show her any love and affection back. Throughout their childhood their mother used to tell them a fairy-tale of the Black Knight, the Prince and the Peasant girl. The girls loved this story so much that they decide one Christmas to do the story as a pantomime. Their mother becomes very distressed and never repeats the story, what the girls hadn't realised was that the fairy-tale was actually the story of their mother before she had married their father. When their elderly father becomes ill he tells his wife now is the time that she must finish telling their girls the story. This takes the three women on a journey of discovery and for their mother to finally discover the truth.
This was a truly un-put-downable book and wherever I was you would find the book in my hand.
And there we are fast approaching the end of the first month of 2015, I wonder what other great reads we will discover this year.
Don't forget if you haven't already had a chance to check out Laura's Circle of Pine Trees Blog where she is hosting The Year in Books Project 2015. It's not too late to join in the fun of sharing your the books you read and you may find some great recommendations there too.