Thursday, 9 March 2017

Goodbye February...

Erm, so I’ve only read three books in February. It felt like more… but I’m guessing the stats are right. Don’t worry, I have excuses!

It was my birthday so I dragged that out for as long as possible, seeing family, friends, eating cake.

Plus, I spent most of the month writing a brand-new chapter for my novel. I wasn’t expecting that… I know it sounds cheesy but I woke up with the idea and now it’s fully formed.  I’m only four chapters away from finishing this draft and I’m hoping this is the year I can finally be happy with the novel.


Reading
The Eleventh Letter – Tom Tomaszewski
This haunting tale of a psychotherapist as delves back into a case from twenty years ago where a mysterious woman is accused of murdering her friend and her friend’s husband. Part ghost story, part love story. Lies, murder and intrigue. The truth and reality bends inside out, leaving the reader wondering what is the truth to this story.

Young Hearts Crying – Richard Yates
I love Richard Yates novels. He explores the way people set out to find the ‘American Dream’ but end up realising that the reality isn’t like a dream. Everyone around Michael and Lucy seem happier and connected to their ‘art’. This novel explores Post-war America, relationships with each other, with art, mental health issues during the 1960s and 1970s as well as looking at the push and pull of creativity while trying to maintain a family and job. This is a fantastic novel.

Hold Back The Stars – Katie Kahn
Adrift in space, clinging to each other, Carys and Max look back at their relationship on how they found each and were pulled apart by the utopia they live in. Katie Kahn’s debut novel is a crossed between Gravity, One Day along with hints of Logan’s Run. This gripping novel is full of questions about the society we live in now and how it could evolve into a supposed utopia, a unique love story full of hope and fighting for what you believe in.


Interviews
Don't forget Orlando Ortega-Medina stopped by to take part in the Imaginary Bookshop series. You can read the interview here.


Right, lets continue with March which is going to be a barrel of laughs as I’ve decided to give up chocolate for lent (I’m not religious but I love a challenge). Don’t ask me why… it felt like a good idea at the time.

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