Wednesday, 28 February 2018

February in books

 I decided at the beginning of the year I would post each month about the books I've been reading.
I know like me, lots of you enjoy reading, and I think it's good to get new recommendations of titles or authors we might not have come across.  I'm always on the look out for something new to read and I love to read about the books people have enjoyed, or perhaps not enjoyed as much. 

Perhaps there will be a title from my reading this month that takes your fancy?

February's  genre was Domestic Fiction

600 hours of Edward is about a 39 year old man with aspergers  
There are some funny moments, like when he tries on line dating and his straight talking but it's the very sad relationship he has with his father that really stands out in the book.
It'a a very similar book to The Rosie Project with a more serious story line but with a character that was just as likeable. 

The Food of Love is about a family dealing with anorexia, told from the mothers viewpoint.
Some parts of this book were good and I enjoyed (if that's the right word) but I had problems with other parts.  I really wanted to like this book but for me the writing was just to sugary in parts, (how many teenagers call their mum mummy even when they are upset or unwell) and I especially disliked the the mother, Freya. The choices she made concerning her daughter were just so unbelievable I wanted to shake her!

 Mockingbird was a brilliant read.  Caitlin is a young girl with aspergers trying to come to terms with her brothers death in a school shooting while dealing with her own problems.  When she hears people talking about needing closure she goes in search of it not really knowing what it is.

This book was in the young adult section of the library but don't let that put you off  it's very well written.

Another book for young people, in fact this one was in the children's section of the library but again it was a great book.
Rose is an 11 year old girl with autism, she loves numbers and homophones but has trouble understanding her classmates.  She lives with her dad who isn't the most patient person but does love her in his own way.  He comes back with a stray dog one day which she names Rain, the dog becomes her best friend and when Rain goes missing in a storm Rose won't give up looking for her.

This is only a short read but such a lovely one, well worth reading.

My favourite book this month was Mockingbird, myleast favourite was The Food of Love.

I'll be back soon with a crafty update



Anonymous said...

Hi Maggie I am glad you are enjoying your books,hope you have a lovely day my friend xx

Jo said...

I really enjoyed The Food of Love, it just goes to show how people's tastes in books differ. Oh, and Eleanor sometimes calls me mummy and always buys birthday and Christmas cards with mummy and daddy on. I've read some young adult books and really enjoyed them, there's some great books for teens out there these days.

Maggie said...

Hi Jo, that's why I love going to my reading group, we all read the same book yet there are so many different opinions on it, I don't think we have ever all been of the same opinion on any book, and that's good because it makes for a lively discussion :-) This book had many 4 and 5 star ratings on Goodreads and a handful of 2 stars, so perhaps I'm in the minority but it won't put me off picking another of her books at some point. Stevie will sometimes call me Mummy, but only if she is wheedling for something, lol

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Having read any of your recent reads but 600 hours of Edward is a possible future read as I enjoyed The Rosie Project.
On the subject of what we call our parents, our mother is always called Mammy and we 'children', are all in our 50's!

Julie said...

I haven't read any of these, but did read The Rosie Project and enjoyed that very much.

Miriam said...

I don’t know them (here in Italy) , but it is very interesting to know. Thank you!

Eloise said...

I loved the Rosie Project, one of my favourite books. I've not read any of these though.
Just finished Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine. I liked and disliked it in equal parts!

Wendy Howard said...

I didn't see a place to sign up for your blog. Thanks, Wendy ( like the duck, lol).

Wendy Howard said...

Where can I sign up for your blog? Wendy

cocoya said...

Having read any of your recent reads but 600 hours of Edward is a possible future read as I enjoyed The Rosie Project.

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