It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 2 April 2018

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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. Here is what I read the week ending 19 February 2018. To learn more about each book, just click on the book cover!

You would think Holly’s spring break would mean more reading time. You would be wrong. Sigh. I’m ready for May and the return of my weekends.


FINISHED SINCE THE LAST UPDATE:

Let Me Lie by Claire Mackintosh Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen

I really like Clare Mackintosh’s novels. I know others find her stories a bit boring, but I love how she manages perception shifts in the middle of the novel. They always make me want to start the novel again to see what clues I missed when I thought the story was about something completely different. While her latest is a wee smidge predictable, she still found a way to astonish me in the ways she threw me off the scent.

Matt Killeen’s newest novel is disturbing and dark and difficult and yet so fascinating. It is the type of novel that makes me wish I had gone into psychiatry if only to be able to have an educated conversation about the damage the Nazis did to the psyches of its citizens and to those it was actively trying to exterminate. After hearing that you are worse than a pig for so long, do you start to believe it? At what point in time in the course of lifetime persecution do you turn the tables onto others or worse find your empathy has completely disappeared? So many questions that arise from Sarah/Ursula’s mission; I hope someone else reads this soon because it is begging for discussion.


DID NOT FINISH:

Nothing yet.


CURRENT READ:

A Guide for Murdered Children by Sarah Sparrow


CURRENT LISTEN:


NEXT UP:

March Review Copies:

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon The Balcony by Jane Delury Glimpse by Jonathan Maberry

For not having a lot of time to read, I knew I would not get to all of my March review copies in March. That I only had four left impresses me. I was afraid it was going to be much, much worse.


So, what are you reading?

2 Responses to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 2 April 2018
  1. Kay
    April 2, 2018 | 7:44 AM

    I’ll be reading Clare Mackintosh’s book at some point. I like the way she tell a story too. You make me interested in Orphan Monster Spy. And I also have that Sarah Sparrow book. Will look forward to what you think. Just keep saying to yourself – May is coming…May is coming…LOL!

    • Michelle
      April 2, 2018 | 3:13 PM

      I do not see the Sarah Sparrow novel being very popular. Too dark. Too much reference to forms of violence against children. Even I had to read it from an emotional distance. And yet, once I got into it, I could not stop. There are some interesting thoughts she posits about forgiveness that I definitely need to ponder a bit more before I start forming a review.

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