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H is for Hawk

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

by Helen Macdonald
Christmas gift.

Review: An excellent book that I could not stop reading. It’s an amazing blend of a woman dealing with grief, the synergy between a hawk and it’s human ally, and a touch of the story of T H White. I was a big fan of the Once and Future King, and other Arthurian fables growing up. I work with bereaved people as an adult. Birds of prey are fascinating, but usually at more of a distance than this – this book provides a very close up view. Brilliantly done.

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Book 40: The Little Shop of Happy Ever After

The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan
The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan

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

Book 39: Lady Molly of Scotland Yard

Lady Molly of Scotland Yard by Baroness Orczy
Lady Molly of Scotland Yard by Baroness Orczy

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

Book 38: Quarter Past Two on a Wednesday Afternoon

Quarter Past Two on a Wednesday Afternoon by Linda Newbery
Quarter Past Two on a Wednesday Afternoon by Linda Newbery

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

Book 37: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

 

This was lent to me by a friend when I started panicking that I didn’t have time to read all the books I needed to before the end of the year/challenge. Novellas are the answer! Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote.

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Book 35: The Seafront Tearooms

The Seafront Tearooms by Vanessa Greene
The Seafront Tearooms by Vanessa Greene

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

Book 34: Tamburlaine Must Die

Tamburlaine Must Die by Louise Welsh
Tamburlaine Must Die by Louise Welsh

Tamburlaine Must Die by Louise Welsh was another find foraged from the Oxfam shop. Mostly, because I have been watching Upstart Crow and wondered about the real Kit Marlowe. This is set in the mysterious surroundings of Elizabethan London. Continue reading Book 34: Tamburlaine Must Die

Book 32: The Shock of the Fall

The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

This is another brilliant find from the Oxfam bookshop, as recommended by my sister. She’s pretty good at this stuff. The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer is told first person by Matt over several years of his life. Continue reading Book 32: The Shock of the Fall