Today’s post is all about books.
Too Close to Home by Linwood Barclay
I read Linwood Barclay’s first book last year (it was the winner of the Richard & Judy Summer Read), and really enjoyed it. This, his second novel, was very readable, a real page turning thriller, though not quite as good as the first, in my humble opinion. I really like his character development – very often in a thriller it’s all about the plot, but in both this and ‘No Time For Goodbye’, the characters are well written and very believable. Recommended.
How to Be An Amazing Mum (When You Just Don’t Have The Time) by Tanith Carey
This book was sent to me for review, the tag line is ‘The Ultimate Handbook for Hassled Mothers’, and at first glance it seemed very promising. The cover was eye-catching, the blurb on the back positive, and the layout of the pages really accessible – large print, lots of bullet points, easy to dip in and out of.
Unfortunately, for me the content didn’t live up to the hype. Normally when I read this sort of book, I do so with a bunch of bookmarks, and mark pages that I wish to go back to, tips that I want to re-read and look into further, etc. It is telling that I have completed this book without a single page being marked. There was nothing new or ground-breaking for me here. I think it may have been aimed at a slightly different demographic of “working mothers” than the one I come from: Tanith, you lost me somewhere in between recommending I pay somebody else to do my ironing for me, and instead of taking the kids to see Father Christmas at a local store, pay him to come to see them at home.
Not for me, I’m afraid. Sorry (feel bad giving it this review when I’ve been sent it for nothing, but if I can’t be honest on my own blog ….)
This month’s book club choice was The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. Gave it up at page 150, wasn’t for me, very slow, and I just wasn’t engaging with either the plot or the people. I’m looking forward to hearing what the other book club members thought of it.
I’ve just started Penny Vincenzi’s latest novel, The Best of Times, which I’m enjoying so far. Soon be time to get my holiday reading pile sorted out – oooh, lovely!