March & April 2020 Book Reviews – Lockdown Reading

by AmyBroad

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Two months have passed since my last book review post, and another 6 books have been read! I should have really read a lot more in the last month as we have all had so much more time on our hands. But Animal Crossing has taken over a large part of my life! I even found myself thinking about designing my island in my sleep last night! I hope you are all well and enjoy my March and April book reviews!

Hopefully there will be a few in here that you will like the look of! Also, check out my previous book reviews too. The links to my latest ones are here, here and here.


THE COWS BY DAWN O’PORTER

I am nearly on my way to completing my Dawn O’Porter book collection. I find her books are what I gravitate towards when I want something light-hearted and funny. The Cows is now my favourite out of her work so far. The three main characters are Tara, a single mother who makes online documentaries. Then there is Cam, a single blogger who broadcasts her desire to never become a mother. And Stella who has lost both her mother and twin sister to cancer.

I think every Dawn O’Porter book has made me laugh at some point, but this one just tops it for me. There are some very silly, laugh out loud moments but it also tackles more serious subjects such as abortion and cancer. The perfect choice if you are wanting a quick, feel good book! 4/5

THE LAST TRAIN TO LONDON BY MEG WAITE CLAYTON

If you have read my previous book review blog posts you probably will have realised that I do enjoy a war-time novel. This one by Meg Clayton focuses around a Dutch lady called Truus who was able to rescue thousands of Jewish children from Germany, Austria and other German occupied countries before and during the war. We also see the German invasion into Vienna through the eyes of Stephan Neuman, a teenage Jewish boy from a wealthy family. He and his brother are forced to flee the country that has been their beloved home for all their lives.

At first it took me a little while to get to grips with the writing. A few of the words are in German, which doesn’t mean you won’t understand it, it just takes a bit of getting used to! But after about a quarter of the way in, I became really invested in the characters. I am not sure if the characters in the book were real, but of course the premise of the book is true. A really emotional, but inspiring book in which so many people helped others in need in times of War. 4/5

GOOSE BY DAWN O’PORTER

I am now totally up to date with Dawn O’Porter’s books, and the one I left till last is one of her older ones. It is the sequel to Paper Aeroplanes, where we met two teenage girls from Guernsey, Renee and Flo. We meet these two in Goose 18 months later, when they are in their last year of college and will soon be leaving Guernsey to head to university.

This was a nice easy read, which is what I always pick up a Dawn O’Porter book for. Although I do much prefer her recent few books, where she bases a story around three main characters, usually women in their 30’s. I am not quite in my 30’s yet, but definitely heading that way! 3/5

STILL ME BY JOJO MOYES

Still Me is the third instalment by Jojo Moyes, following on from Me Before You and After You. The first of which was turned into a film starring Emilia Clarke! It has been a few years since I read these other ones, but I quickly picked up the story line again after opening up the third in the trilogy. I am so glad I wasn’t put off by not totally remembering the previous two books, as I loved every second of it! Louisa travels to New York for a job opportunity, leaving behind her boyfriend and family. After months of missing home and long work days, she slowly starts to learn more about herself and what she wants for her future.

I really did enjoy the writing in Still Me, it flows so nicely and I became totally invested in Louisa. This was probably my favourite out of the three! 4/5


SHOP THE BOOKS


SUCH A FUN AGE BY KILEY REID

I had seen Such a Fun Age recommended in quite a few places so decided to pick it up without really knowing what it was about. Emira Tucker is a young black babysitter for Alix Chamberlain, a wealthy full time blogger, with two young daughters. Emira is working two jobs and will soon lose her health insurance, whilst Alix desperately wants to make Emira part of the family. It cleverly raises issues of racism and racial inequality, as Alix wants to help Emira, but for the wrong reasons.

I enjoyed this book for the topic and underlying issues that it covered, but I did find it quite difficult to get used to the writing. Often I was left confused as to which character was talking, and didn’t flow as well as I would have liked. 3/5

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING BY DELIA OWENS

If you decide to read just one of these books, it must be this one. This is probably the best book I have read in a while! The entire thing was such a joy. The writing is really descriptive whilst also flowing so easily. Because of the incredible writing you become truly invested in the characters. I loved every second! 5/5

I have also compiled a mammoth list of Netflix recommendations so please give that a read too!

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