It was one of those months were I felt like I had read nothing, but actually I managed to flick through quite a few books this March! Which is impressive considering how many weekends were taken up with frisbee & birthday celebrations 😛
The Next Person You meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
I really loved revisiting this idea, and diving back in to Albom’s writing generally as he’s an author I love. Though I don’t think it quite lives up to the first novel (The Five People You Meet in Heaven), it was a kind of closure to be reading Annie’s story (the little girl Eddie died saving in the last novel).
Verdict: A beautifully woven tale with so much heart.
The Honeyman and the Hunter – Neil Grant
This book jumped up my list thanks to Cath who had started reading it and was loving it. Set in the Central Coast town of Patonga, it was a fabulously written story about finding your place in the world, tackling racism and battling with an emotionally abusive father figure. At the risk of sounding like a HSC English teacher, this book is a fantastic exploration of belonging and finding your place in the world.
Verdict: Slow to start but a truly gorgeous book.
Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi
I hate to say it but…I didn’t love this book. The premise was really interesting and I didn’t *hate* it, but I didn’t love the writing (there are words to describe people’s eyes that are not “silvery” or “blue”). I know it’s a YA novel but I genuinely believe you can write for a young adult audience without dumbing the writing down, and in fact, many authors do. The story line did carry the book though, and I finished it easily enough. I’m still not sold on if I’ll read the sequel…Hopefully I will write a longer review soon so I can flesh out the pros and cons of the book a bit more for you!
Verdict: A great story line and premise, but could have been written better.
The Flatshare – Beth O’Leary
I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH! It hasn’t been released yet so I won’t say much on it, but you can stay tuned for a full review once it’s been released to the world. All you need to know is it was an absolute 5-star read for me. Cute, funny, thought-provoking and a book that will stick with you. Though it is more of a ‘fun’ novel it also deals with deeper themes of emotional abuse and gas-lighting in relationships. You won’t want to leave the main characters behind when you finish.
Verdict: I genuinely think this will be one of 2019’s biggest hits.
The Poet X – Elizabeth Acevedo
Though it took me a few pages (or poems) to get in to the style of this, it was a spectacular read. Written entirely in poems by the main character, this is a book unlike any I’ve read. It’s a YA so we see the typical themes of young love emerging, but Acevedo also explores life with a devout mother and an father who is absent for all intents and purposes, though physically present. The style of prose helps connect you with Xiomara and makes for an emotional read.
Verdict: A different style of YA novel that captures your attention quickly.
Once again my reviews are lagging behind my reading a bit – it’s been a surprisingly hectic start to the year and the struggle is REAL to get writing on the weekends or after work, but I promise I’m working on it.
I’d love to hear what you read this month, and it there were any standouts! Comment below and let’s chat books 🙂
Or if you’ve read any of the above, what did you think? I’d love to hear some differing opinions too, because variety is the spice of life, yknow 😉 Plus I know there’s people out there who aren’t going to agree with me on Children of Blood and Bone #sorrynotsorry
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