This year I have made a promise to myself to read more. After moving to a new house and unloading my library of books. I realised I don’t take time to read as much as I used to. I loved English at school at studied English lit at A levels which meant I read and studied an insane amount of books. However nowadays I only seem to get through the pages when on holiday. I joined Goodreads last year. As not only because you can check out new novels, and read review you can win some of the newest reads out there! As well as this they have the book challenge. This is where you can challenge yourself to read a set amount of books in a year. I did not want to be too optimistic. As last year I only got through 1 meer book in the whole year I decided to go for 1 a month this year. I am not doing too bad being March I have got through 4 so I am at double rate. However I wanted to share my February Reads with you.
BRITT – MARIE WAS HERE : FREDRICK BACKMAN
Britt-Marie can’t stand mess. A disorganised cutlery drawer ranks high on her list of unforgivable sins. She begins her day at 6 a.m., because only lunatics wake up later than that. And she is not passive-aggressive. Not in the least. It’s just that sometimes people interpret her helpful suggestions as criticisms, which is certainly not her intention. She is not one to judge others – no matter how ill-mannered, unkempt, or morally suspect they might be.
But hidden inside the socially awkward, fussy busybody is a woman who has more imagination,bigger dreams, and a warmer heart that anyone around her realises.
When Britt-Marie walks out on her cheating husband and has to fend for herself in the miserable backwater town of Borg – of which the kindest thing one can say is that it has a road going through it – she is more than a little unprepared. Employed as the caretaker of a soon-to-be demolished recreation centre, the fastidious Britt-Marie has to cope with muddy floors, unruly children, and a (literal) rat for a roommate. She finds herself being drawn into the daily doings of her fellow citizens, an odd assortment of miscreants, drunkards, layabouts – and a handsome local policeman whose romantic attentions to Britt-Marie are as unmistakable as they are unwanted. Most alarming of all, she’s given the impossible task of leading the supremely untalented children’s soccer team to victory. In this small town of big-hearted misfits, can Britt-Marie find a place where she truly belongs?
WHAT DID I THINK?
I loved this book, it was one of those that at times really made me giggle out loud. That has to be my favourite genre of book. One that makes me laugh. I think I enjoyed this so much as Britt – Marie reminded me very much of one of my family members. That meant her little habits really resonated with me. I just loved the foundations of the story, and found it touching, moving and emotional at points. You could really empathise with many of the characters which just swallowed you into the book more. It was well written, and you could really envisage the characters in this story! The ending is not what I expected, however maybe that is what made it good. Unpredictable. Although I would have liked it to finish the way it was lead, the ending still had a deep meaning. A great read and would highly recommend it to put a smile on your on your face.
COME ON UP TO THE HOUSE – DANE COBAIN
Doesn’t life seem nasty, brutish and short? This horror novella and accompanying screenplay tells the story of Darran Jersey, a troubled teenager who moves into a house that’s inhabited by the malevolent spirit of his predecessor. As time goes by and the family begins to settle, Darran begins to take on more and more of the qualities of James, the dead teenager who committed a bloody suicide. As tragedy after tragedy threatens to destroy the family, Darran’s mother Alice decides to leave the house behind and start afresh, but is it too late? Find out when you Come On Up to the House
WHAT DID I THINK?
Having read some thrillers yet not many about paranormal activity, I did rather enjoy this book. Knowing that it was a novella with a screenplay, I feel I enjoyed the book a lot more. This was due to the fact that I could envisage the story being acting out into a play/drama. The novella itself was rather descriptive which I felt made it a lot easier to read, with imagery flowing through my head. I feel this was a short, easy reading novella. You didnt learn about the characters in depth and were not able to connect on a personal level. This is something I enjoy. However allowed you to turn attention onto the focus point who was in fact James. The change in characters was interesting and there were parts of the story that surprised me. However there is sexual content and I would class it as an adult book. Call me prudish but some of it made me squirm. All round however it was good read, with mystery, thrill and a good story line.
Have you read any of these books? What were your February reads?