Sunday 3 April 2016


# of books read: 4
Total # of pages read: 1287.
Genres: 1 adult contemporary, 2 YA contemporary, 1 YA historical fiction.
Gender of author: 3 female, 1 male.
Nationality of author: 3 USA, 1 UK.

I'm back! I've been a little bit absent around here for the last month but I'm not going to make excuses or apologise because you know, life happens! And the important thing is that I'm here now and I've got lots of posts planned so you should probably stick around :)

March was an only-okay month for reading, I had a pretty bad month healthwise so I didn't get as much read as I wanted to. But that's okay because I really enjoyed the books I did read!

The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell | ☆☆☆
As the blurb says, The Madwoman Upstairs is about Samantha, who is 'the last remaining descendent of the illustrious Brontë family, of Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre fame. After losing her father, a brilliant author in his own right, it is up to Samantha to piece together the mysterious family inheritance lurking somewhere in her past.' I reviewed this for The Madwoman Upstairs blog tour early last month and you can read my full review of it here

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell | ☆☆☆☆
This is a novella that was released for World Book Day last month and as it's Rainbow Rowell, I obviously had to get my hands on it! Kindred Spirits is about eighteen year old Star Wars-obsessed Elena, who decides to queue outside her local cinema to see the new movie, for four days. Only she didn't expect to be just one of three people in the line, to have to pee into a collectable cup or to meet a kindred spirit. This story lived up to all that I've come to expect of Rowell's writing, it was funny and cute and completely absorbing. You don't have to like Star Wars to read this, you don't even have to know anything about Star Wars, you should just go for it. After all, its' only 62 pages!

Front Lines by Michael Grant | ☆☆☆☆☆
This was by far my stand-out favourite book of the month. Front Lines is the first in a new series of YA historical fiction set in an alternative WW2 where women are fighting along with men. It follows several women from different backgrounds who enlist in the US army and their journey through training and deployment to the front lines. Grant's writing and characterisation is truly excellent, even with the multiple perspectives I felt like I knew each character so well and was equally involved in each of their stories. I love historical fiction, particularly set in WW2, so the concept was completely fascinating to me and I just couldn't put it down. I'm so so glad that this is going to be a series because I can't wait to find out what happens next to the characters!

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson | ☆☆☆☆☆
The last book I finished in March was The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson. This is the Girl Gang book club book for this month! The Art of Being Normal is a YA contemporary from the individual perspectives of teenagers David and Leo, who form an unlikely friendship but both are holding secrets. I absolutely loved this book and you can definitely expect a review to be up very soon! I'll be hosting the first #GGbookclub twitter chat on Thursday 14th April at 8pm, where we'll be discussing The Art of Being Normal, so make sure to join in!

What was your favourite read of last month?

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