Greetings fellow Book Dragons – or are you of the bookworm variety?! I quite like the idea of being a book penguin! No reason other than I just love penguins!!
Another week has flown by and what started as a good week has ended poorly on the health front for me – I have M.E so it is a very fluctuating illness – so if I ramble today and make very little sense then please excuse my foggy brain!!
Hope you have all had a productive week bookish wise! Been quite good here so here’s a peek at what I’ve been reading, some bookpost and what I’m currently reading….
BOOKS I’VE FINISHED
3 Books started and finished this week, and all 5 star reads!! Now that is what I call successful! Please click on the book title for a link to my GoodReads review if you want to know more about each title!
I am still managing to walk into bookshops and charity shops, and browse online without actually buying anything!! There is plenty of temptation but I seem to have developed a conscience that reminds me of the TBR mountain dotted around the house and that I shouldn’t add to it…. well, just yet anyway!
But I did receive this lovely bookpost from the lovely people at Picador Books – paperback to be released on the 1st June 2017
Invincible Summer by Alice Adams
Four friends. Twenty years. One unexpected journey. Inseparable throughout college, Eva, Benedict, Sylvie, and Lucien graduate in 1997, into an exhilarating world on the brink of a new millennium. Hopelessly in love with playboy Lucien and eager to shrug off the socialist politics of her upbringing, Eva breaks away to work for a big bank. Benedict, a budding scientist who’s pined for Eva for years, stays on to complete his PhD in physics, devoting his life to chasing particles as elusive as the object of his affection. Siblings Sylvie and Lucien, never much inclined toward mortgages or monogamy, pursue more bohemian existences-she as an aspiring artist and he as a club promoter and professional partyer. But as their twenties give way to their thirties, the group struggles to navigate their thwarted dreams. Scattered across Europe and no longer convinced they are truly the masters of their fates, the once close-knit friends find themselves filled with longing for their youth- and for one another. Broken hearts and broken careers draw the foursome together again, but in ways they never could have imagined.
A dazzling depiction of the highs and lows of adulthood, Invincible Summer is a story about finding the courage to carry on in the wake of disappointment, and a powerful testament to love and friendship as the constants in an ever-changing world.
The Running Hare by John Lewis-Stempel
From the Winner of the Thwaites Wainwright Prize 2015
Traditional ploughland is disappearing. Seven cornfield flowers have become extinct in the last twenty years. Once abundant, the corn bunting and the lapwing are on the Red List. The corncrake is all but extinct in England. And the hare is running for its life.
Written in exquisite prose, The Running Hare tells the story of the wild animals and plants that live in and under our ploughland, from the labouring microbes to the patrolling kestrel above the corn, from the linnet pecking at seeds to the seven-spot ladybird that eats the aphids that eat the crop. It recalls an era before open-roofed factories and silent, empty fields, recording the ongoing destruction of the unique, fragile, glorious ploughland that exists just down the village lane.
But it is also the story of ploughland through the eyes of man who took on a field and husbanded it in a natural, traditional way, restoring its fertility and wildlife, bringing back the old farmland flowers and animals. John Lewis Stempel demonstrates thta it is still possible to create a place where the hare can rest safe
THIS LAST KISS BY MADELEINE REISS
As original as One Day and as heartbreaking as Me Before You, This Last Kiss is the perfect emotional and romantic read.
Rora Raine is finally coming home to Hastings, twelve years after she left her grief-stricken father, and fled the love of her life, Carl.
Struggling to support her bright but troubled daughter, Rora has convinced herself she’ll never love again.
When she meets a bumblingly charming stranger, Rora’s heart begins to thaw.
But, try as she might, she can’t run from true love forever.
Funny, warm-hearted and soaringly romantic, This Last Kiss is the redemptive story of two star-crossed lovers, told through each and every kiss they share.
And there we have it! And now it’s the weekend so I wish you many hours of quality reading time ahead!!