Well I wanted to mark my birthday by doing something interesting. I am already planning several travels through the year, but can’t afford 40 of those… So, books it is. Continue reading why 40 books?
Book 40 – The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan – was earmarked for me weeks ago, when my boss said she had found the perfect book to end my challenge. One of the best things about this is how seriously everyone else has taken it, given I essentially made up the rules as I’ve gone along.
This is a book about books – absolutely the right thing to finish on. And a good example – by myself I would not have picked this up in a shop – the frankly dreadful title – and even that much pink is usually too much for me! But, as is pointed out in the book, you should judge by appearances (books and covers….). Continue reading Book 40: The Little Shop of Happy Ever After
Lady Molly of Scotland Yard by Emmuska Orczy was by way of a treat for myself after reading lots of books suggested by other people. I have been an enduring fan of her Scarlet Pimpernel books for decades (actual decades!). I also like Sherlock Holmes stories and thought this might be an intriguing mixture. Continue reading Book 39: Lady Molly of Scotland Yard
This book – Quarter Past Two on a Wednesday Afternoon by Linda Newbery -was recommended by my lovely boss, who is also very enthusiastic about reading. My main trouble reading it was that it came in hardback, which is harder to tote about. Once I got started though it was a great read – it’s about family, and loss, and friendship, and life. Continue reading Book 38: Quarter Past Two on a Wednesday Afternoon
This contains two of my favourite things – tea shops and cake – and so was already a good pick from that point of view. The Seafront Tearooms by Vanessa Greene is about more than that though as it follows several characters creating new friendships and rebuilding old relationships. Continue reading Book 35: The Seafront Tearooms
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie seemed to be a seminal point of reference to have read, I got it earlier in the year from Five Leaves bookshop in Nottingham. Continue reading Book 33: We Should All Be Feminists