Books Read In February, March & April.

Well this year is flying by and I keep forgetting to compile a Books Read post. Here’s a quick catch up from the last three months. 📚

Heroic Animals ~ Clare Balding ( 2020). Wil bought me this and it’s a great book to dip in and out of, or just read through alphabetically. Lots of emotional true stories about animals , many who put their lives on the line for us. Some don’t have happy endings though, so keep a tissue handy. Plus the tale of Mike the headless chicken is quite disturbing. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Duke & I ~ Julia Quinn ( 2000). I enjoyed the first season of Bridgerton on Netflix, this is the novel that it is based upon, written twenty years ago now. A Regency era romance , the book series concerns the lives and loves of the Bridgerton siblings, this one in particular focuses on the lovely Daphnes quest to find a suitable husband. There is one scene in the book ( thankfully not in the TV series) that does sour the story a bit. ⭐⭐⭐

The Moth And The Mountain ~ Ed Caesar ( 2020 ). Many men who survived the first world war brought their physical and mental scars back home with them, some like Maurice Wilson must have thought they were invincible. Wilson who had never been to Asia, nor ever flown an aeroplane before, decided it was his life’s mission to fly from England to Everest in a gipsy moth, then climb to the summit of the world’s tallest mountain, completely alone. I had never heard of Maurice Wilson, a brave but foolhardy & flamboyant character. An amazing true story, I would love to see his life up there on the big screen. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Bone China ~ Laura Purcell (2019). If you fancy a Victorian Gothic tale, set in a creepy crumbling old house, this is for you. Hester Why is running away. She needs to escape her past and has fled to Cornwall to take up a position as the elderly Miss Pinecrofts nurse maid. But refuge here involves eerie superstitions, damp dark places & bone china with changing patterns. Could Hester be in even more grim peril than she was before…. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Magpies Nest : A Treasury Of Bird Folk Tales ~ Taffy Thomas ( 2020). Storyteller Taffy Thomas has brought together a collection of short stories and myths about some of our most well loved birds. Charmingly illustrated too, a lovely book for young and old readers alike. Taffy himself is a storyteller at the Storytelling Garden in Grasmere. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

A Snapshot Of Murder ~ Frances Brody (2018). So apparently this is the tenth Kate Shackleton mystery, but I am completely new to the book series. Snapshot was passed onto me and has alighted my curiosity! It is 1928 and lady detective Kate is taking a break from solving murders. Her other passion is photography and the local camera club has planned an outing to Haworth and Stanbury, homeland of the Brontes. But one of her fellow enthusiasts will not return from the trip and Mrs Shackletons investigative skills are called upon in Wuthering Heights country. ⭐⭐⭐

Happy Reading. ❤️

32 thoughts on “Books Read In February, March & April.”

    1. Oh cheers! I am but I only give books a star review. Writing reviews is not my favourite thing at all, but I’m usually happy when I get my post up. 🙂

  1. Well done you. I’m struggling to read, I’m halfway through a trio of books but not making much progress. So I don’t need any more recommendations, though the Moth and the Mountain caught my eye, oh and so did The Magpies Nest. Get thee behind me!

  2. I might have been tempted to read the animal one but I don’t like the sound of the headless chicken story 😦 Many years ago I saw a film on tv, can’t remember what it was called but it was set in France, the farmer lopped the head off a chicken and it was running round the farmyard flapping its wings – that scene has haunted me ever since 😦

    1. It would have haunted me too. 😞 I think you would enjoy the book Eunice, just don’t read about Mike. He survived without a head for 18 months!

      1. The cynic in me says that story must be a myth – with no head he wouldn’t be able to eat or drink so how could he survive 😦

      2. His jugular was still intact and a clot probably stopped him bleeding to death, it says on Google. He eventually died choking on a small piece of corn. Poor Mike. 😦

  3. I just can’t get into reading. I keep buying more books but just can’t face them. Must be something wrong with me! Looks like you read a good selection here. xx

  4. I really need to follow your lead with posts like these – then I might not find myself looking at books on my shelves and wondering whether I’ve read them or not. My memory is atrocious! I’ve read some particularly good novels of late – The Goldfinch, Kavalier and Clay, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close are the three which spring to mind – all books in part about New York. Sadly, I’m so far behind with the blog that this kind of post will have to wait! ‘The Moth and the Mountain’ looks intriguing. I really don’t need to buy any more books either though!

    1. I will let you into a secret, doing book reviews post seems like homework sometimes. There not my favourite thing to write , but I’ve written them a while now so don’t want to stop. It sounds like you read alot. 🙂

      1. Oh yes. I’m a bookworm, but I don’t seem to retain much. A post would help me to remember and be there as a reminder when I inevitably do forget. Don’t like the sound of homework though!

  5. I ordered the Magpie’s Nest (thanks to your recent readings) through Lancs Libraries. Collected recently and read in one sitting in the garden – interrupted by the cooing of pigeons and singing blackbirds! A lovely read and delightful illustrations. Particularly liked “a parcel of linnets”. Any more where that came from? Not a lover of novels – but anything quirky/wildlife-related and short/easy to read floats my boat! ⛵x

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