Books I read in March and April.

Sorry this post is so late, I think I have discovered book reviews are not my favourite thing to write! Really didn’t get many books read in March and April , though I did enjoy the five books I did sit down with. Here’s a short recap of my reading material. 😊

Tom’s Midnight Garden ~ Phillipa Pearce (1958). I found a copy of this children’s classic in a charity book sale and thought I would give it a go as I remember owning Phillipa Pearce’s ‘ The Battle Of Bubble & Squeek ‘ as a girl. I’m so glad I did as Midnight Garden is such a magical tale. Tom goes to stay with his very dull aunt and uncle over the summer holidays , so not to catch the measles his brother has so inconveniently caught. They live in a boring old manor house which has been converted into flats, there isn’t even a garden to play in much to Toms disappointment. The only unusual thing in the whole house is as old Grandfather clock in the communal hallway which ominously strikes a 13th time every night. A restless Tom investigates and finds the extra hour takes him back in time to when the manor house was one residence with a huge garden and is home to a lonely little girl called Hattie. Over the summer Tom meets Hattie in the garden most nights, only to find the time shifting as Hattie grows up. A children’s adventure fantasy that adults can enjoy too. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

111 Places In The Lake District That You Shouldn’t Miss ~ Solange Berchemin (2019). Apparently there’s a whole range of 111 Places guides out right now, encouraging you to visit the more quirky and lesser known tourist attractions in various cities and areas. Lakeland is explored thoroughly in this handy guide which includes Postman Pat’s Valley, a nine metre stone that appears to defy gravity, the home to the world’s largest colour pencil, a Giants grave and a Buddhist Temple. Directions, opening times and website info are all included. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

One False Move ~ Harlan Coben ( 1998). Another charity book sale purchase, this was a good detective yarn to get to grips with. Even though it is book 5 in a series, the likeable character of its protagonist sports agent/crime solver ‘ Myron Bolitar’ encourages the reader to hunt out the other novels. Also this book can easily be read as a stand alone story. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Lewis Man ~ Peter May ( 2014). The second in a crime trilogy set in the Outer Hebrides, Lewis Man revolves round an unidentified corpse found in a Lewis peat bog. Detective Fin MacLeod now residing on the island feels duty-bound to solve the mystery but as he digs deeper, long buried secrets threaten to endanger the people he loves. ⭐⭐⭐

The Lido ~ Libby Page ( 2018). I enjoyed this feel good tale about the importance of community and friendship. Two women from very different decades become friends through their enthusiasm to save their local Lido which is under threat of closure. Rosemary is 86 and all her happiest memories are wrapped up there whilst Kate is 26 and struggling with loneliness in a new city. A heart warming book. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Have you read any good books recently?

14 thoughts on “Books I read in March and April.”

  1. I like the sound of Tom’s Midnight Garden, and the one about the Lake District is a definite must-have – I enjoyed the area so much at Easter and plan to return there soon so the book will probably be very useful for discovering quirky places 🙂

    1. Yes, you would love the book Eunice. I got it for my Mum for Mother’s Day, my friend for her birthday and my brother in law for his. They all like it. Also Tom’s Midnight Garden is a lovely read. X

  2. I remember watching Tom’s Midnight Garden on TV many years ago with my sons, it was lovely. I keep meaning to look for the Peter May books, thanks for the reminder.
    I write my book posts as I go after I finish each book, or I would forget!

  3. I like the sound of Tom’s Midnight Garden too, never read it or seen the TV version. I’m struggling to fit in my usual amount of reading time still!

  4. I’m so glad you enjoyed Tom’s Midnight Garden! I’ve read it several times and always have tears in my eyes at the end when Tom rediscovers Hattie. I have the 111 Places book about Glasgow, it’s entertaining (though I knew most of the places already).

    1. I remember you saying you loved Tom’s Midnight Garden. The 111 places books are a really good idea I think. You could probably write your own guide book about Glasgow! 😉

  5. I’ve never heard of any of these but the “Lido” one sounds interesting as I now know what a lido is. I read a lot too and one I finished a short while ago is called “The Salt Path” by Winn Raynor. A true story. She and her recently terminally diagnosed husband have just lost their home and decide to walk the coast path between Somerset and Dorset. I just really wanted to buy them a meal as they were quite destitute and camping rough. And one I just finished last night, “The Signature of All Things” by Elizabeth Gilbert. I loved this true story of an 18th century woman, Alma Whittaker, who becomes a botanist extraordinaire, and independently arrives at the same theory of evolution as Darwin, amongst many other achievements. A real page turner and I enjoyed it immensely.

    1. Both those books sound like interesting reads to me. I think I will have a nosy for them both this year. Thanks for the recommendations. 🙂

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