My April read, Moranifesto, was everything that I hoped it would be: smart, thought-provoking, and really very funny. I haven’t quite finished it yet, but when I do, I shall be foisting it upon friends with an enthusiastic ‘you must read this!’.
This month, I’m excited to be reading a yet-to-be-released debut novel called A Quiet Life by Natasha Walter. I know that books really shouldn’t be judged by their covers… but look! I couldn’t love it more! And the novel does sound like my cup of tea: This is the warm-blooded story of the Cold War. The story of a wife whose part will take her from London in the Blitz, to Washington at the height of McCarthyism, to the possible haven of the English countryside. Gradually she learns what is at stake for herself, her husband, and her daughter; gradually she realises the dark consequences of her youthful idealism. Harper Collins have sent me this book as a part of the book club that I’m leading at the upcoming Sisterhood Camp retreat. I’ll be sure to let you know how I get on, and if you like the look of it yourself, I believe that it’s now available for pre-order.
My March read, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, left me with mixed feelings. On the one hand, clothes drawers in our house have never been tidier, and I have (almost) reached the bottom of the laundry mountain. Not only that, but I am slowly de-cluttering the rest of the house, one type of object at a time (next up, books… I think you can guess that I’ll be struggling to declutter those…) On the other hand, however, I found many sections of the book to be at best bizarre, and at worst patronisingly sexist. My friend Sabrina has written a review that chimes perfectly with my feelings on this, and has done so with far more eloquent wit than I could summon, so do head over to her blog and have a read of it.
This month, I’m looking forward to reading Caitlin Moran’s Moranifesto. I’ve been a huge fan of Caitlin Moran since way back in my teens, and have loved each of her books so far. In fact, I was selected to write a guest post for her website back in 2012, when How to Be a Woman was published. If you haven’t already seen them, Moran is releasing weekly vlogs to accompany this latest book, and they are well worth watching, by turns hilarious and heart-wrenching, as is her wont.
Last month, as a variation from the usual #theyearinbooks format, I invited fellow participants to read the same novel along with me: Joanna Cannon’s debut, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep. Harper Collins were kind enough to give away copies to 15 readers, and I know that others of you have bought or borrowed copies too. I finished the book a couple of weeks ago, and have been very much looking forward to chatting to you about it.
Perhaps it’s because spring is approaching (or has already arrived, depending on your viewpoint), but I’m feeling the need to tidy up my life with a big spring-clean and a declutter. This is why, for my March choice, I have selected Marie Kondo’s cult best-seller, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying. I have mixed feelings about this book, but I’ve heard a lot about it in #theyearinbooks chat, and it feels like a must-read (not to mention that my house is badly in need of some tidying magic!) I shall let you know how I get on.