I’m a bit disappointed that I’ve only managed to read two books this month. Normally we go on holiday and I get to storm my way through a whole pile but as we’ve not had a family holiday I’ve had to fit my reading in in the evenings or snatched moments here and there.
Our Endless Numbered Days
It felt like this book took me at eternity to read. It was rather heavy going for a summer read and by the end of it I felt a bit depressed and a little disturbed if I’m being truly honest. We follow the story of Peggy, with her German piano playing mother and rather unconventional father who seems to be fixated with planning for the end of the world. Peggy is abducted by her father and they end up living in a remote woodland somewhere in Europe and this is where the majority of the book is set. We are voyeurs into their bizarre way of life and watch on as it unravels. It is beautifully written and I think it would suit a book club or even studying at A Level or beyond. There’s a lot of detail and depth to the plot that would be interesting to unpick with others but I found it hard to persevere with and without giving anything a way I found the ending rather haunting and disturbing. Not one I’d rush to recommend!
Before We Met
This, on the other hand, was such an easy read. It’s my first Lucie Whitehouse book and I found her writing style engaging and it definitely drew me in and kept my attention. It still felt rather light as a story in spite of it’s rather dark psychological plot, I think this was due to the writing style. Whitehouse weaves the story of married couple Mark and Hannah as Hannah comes to realise that she might not know her husband quite as well as she thought she did.
Unfortunately, about half way through this book I guessed where the plot was was leading and figured out the twist. Of course I kept reading to make sure I was right and to see how she would reveal it. Even though I guessed the plot I still found it an enjoyable book to read and I would read more by the author. It wouldn’t make it on a list of favourites but I’d recommend it if you like thrillers and are looking for a decent psychological thriller that it also an easy read.
What my girls have been reading
My two have devoured books this summer, and I’ve had a ball reading to them both at bedtime. E is getting more and more confident with her reading and I love hearing her read aloud to herself in bed.
The Fairytale Hairdresser- The Princess and the Pea
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Now, I remember reading this when I was younger, like N I was a huge Jacqueline Wilson fan. Unlike me, N read loads over the summer, from David Walliams books, to Enid Blyton, to Jacqueline Wilson. I love that she reads so much, but I can’t keep up! We need to put up more shelves in her room to accommodate them all. This particular book follow the lives of twins Ruby and Garnet, they are identical and do everything together but couldn’t be more different. They navigate the changes that being ten can bring along with the upheaval of their Dad getting a new girlfriend. I particularly love how Wilson tackles important issues for children in a fun yet hugely responsible way. There’s loads of scope for discussion with your children off the back of her books.
Have you or your children read any of these books?
What did you think of them? I’d love to know!
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