Archive for June, 2019


by Mary Ellen Sanger
This is my book written in prison – #ReadHarder prompt 20
Interesting book which tells the story of the author, her time in Mexico and the time she spent in prison, as well as stories of some of the women she shared the prison with.
 
Her story alone is just unbelievable. The reason she is imprisoned is just so strange it is incredible.
The stories Sanger shares of some of the other women in the prison are simple, but so raw and painful.
 
If this were not non-fiction it would be deemed too outlandish to be true. And yet these women were really incarcerated and then kept on in prison for the most ridiculous reasons.
 
It is scary that this goes on – these women haunt me
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by Michael Hall
This is my book for #ReadHarder prompt 22 – a children’s book that has won a diversity award since 2009 ……
 
….. and what a delightful read it was.
Simple but profound words, wonderfully naive illustrations and an important and profound message
 
Perfect really

Land of the Living

by Nicci French
 
I am counting this book as my #Popsugar book for prompt 44. read in the season it is set in.
The book sis set in winter and that’s what it is here, now, in the Southern hemisphere where I live.
 
I found this book quite gripping and I read it in two sittings. The protagonist wakes up kidnapped and when she escapes no one believes her. Determined that she knows what she knows Abbie Devereaux sets about proving what happened and finding who did it.
Or is she chasing her own fantasy, trying to prove something that is not true.
 
As the reader you are not sure which is true until everyone does. I found the end had me glued my book when I should have stopped reading to do other things.
 
My first French and not my last.
 by Deborah Frances-White
This is my book for #Popsugar prompt 22 – made me nostalgic because I so loved listening to the podcast and the amazing FB group before the latter imploded. Since this book I have started listening to the podcast again – yay
I think Francis-White makes feminism so accessible and so understandable she should be a national treasure. She also admits to, and therefore makes it okay, making mistakes and getting things wrong. If we do not admit this we never learn.
This is a funny, touching and diverse look at how to be better feminists, how to be more inclusive and how to recognise where you went/go/are going wrong So often through this book I was thinking Wow or YES!! YES! YES! I feel inspired and motivated to do more, learn more, be more.
A wonderful book and the audiobook is read by the author and she does it so well I kept thinking she was chatting rather than reading.
Everyone should read this book and become better human beings.

Let Me Lie

by Clare Mackintosh

I am counting this for Popsugar #30 Amateur detective
It’s a bit of stretch but I will probably read another one so I will include this one anyway

The amateur detective is the wife of the actual, retired detective who helps him somewhat in his investigating.

This wasn’t a bad little psychological thriller – Anna is a young mom with two dead-by-suicide parents. She starts to get suspicious about their deaths when prompted to by an anonymous note, pretty much telling her to.

There were moments when I did question why someone would have done something, or how a conclusion was reached – but the multiple pov technique used means that as a reader we knew everything everyone else did anyway.

I did like the twists in the story and I think those would keep most readers quite happy.

I particularly liked Mackintosh’s character Murray – the retired cop who looks into the suicides. He is a full character and someone you’d want to know. His wife has some serious mental health issues and his tender care of her is delightful to find scattered in among the murder and blood and suicides.

Other than the slight stretch of what is believable, this book is worth reading.
I would certainly recommend it to others