October has seen me have a few quiet weekends and a weekend away camping in the Lake District so I’ve managed to read a few books. I keep saying I’m going to make more time for reading and this time I have but I could still make more time! Can’t believe it’s November already!
Here’s what I read this month:
Delia Owens- Where The Crawdads Sing
When handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life – until the unthinkable happens.
This was such a brilliant story from start to finish, I’m so pleased this was the book that my book club chose.
I loved getting to know Kya from being a little girl to a grown woman, wandering her way through life, love and relationships. Set in the 1950’s & 1960’s, I was captivated by Kya’s story from the beginning and the ending left me surprised and took my breath away. I’ve said this quite a lot lately, but this should definitely be made into a film. A lovely book to escape the world with, you learn of social and racial division, politics and ecology of the world back then. I lived through Kya and her simplistic life by the ocean. Brilliant writing style and the language used from the times was good. Managed it fine with my Yorkshire accent as most words spoken were shortened, just as we like to!
Dean Nicholson- Nala’s World
Dean Nicholson reveals the full story of his life-changing friendship with rescue cat Nala and their inspiring adventures together on a bike journey around the world.
I love watching Nala and Dean on their around the world YouTube adventures, they just melt my heart. So when they brought out their book I couldn’t wait to get it and see where their adventures had taken them. I loved streetcat bob and James Bowen so this had to be on the same page, though streetcat bob passed away sadly. Dean is such a nice down to earth bloke who is likeable from the beginning, he’s faced a lot of issues in his life but his determination and with Nala as back up he’s doing well for himself. Nala is beautiful and so playful, the bond between these is just unbreakable. They remind me of my man and our cat Mosi, inseparable and always on each others side, nothing will come between them. I’m looking forward to watching the rest of the adventures and if they bring another book out, even better.
Sophie Kinsella- Surprise Me
After being together for ten years, Sylvie and Dan have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, beautiful twin girls, and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other’s sentences. When a scandal from the past is uncovered, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all. We all love a scandal, though the world is full of them at the moment. What will happen to Sylvie and Dan?
What a storyline! So many twists and turns, I didn’t have a clue what was going to happen. This is the perfect book for exploring just how much people think they know about themselves and others. There are many versions of peoples lives, do we really know that much about each other and ourselves? This book had me laughing out loud in parts and cringing in others. It did take me a while to get into but once I was in it kept me wanting to read more. I’ve read the shopaholic series, I need to look into Sophie’s other books and I’ve noticed she has one out this week called Love Your Life which sounds brilliant. Would recommend reading this over a rainy weekend for some humour and relatable stories.
Have you read any of them? Are there any you want to read?