Wednesday, 4 April 2018

March Reading Wrap-Up//April TBR

It's that time again; time to check in with what I read in March, and what's on my TBR pile for April. Let's start with a look back at the books I read in March...

I started the month with a book I was really excited but which was ultimately a disappointment. I didn't feel as though After You (***) added anything to the story told in Me Before You. Normal (****) on the other hand, was a decent crime thriller. Not wholly original, but also one of the better crime thriller novels I've read recently.

I was really excited for Jane Harper's second novel, Force of Nature (****) after reading, and loving, her debut novel, The Dry. And it didn't disappoint. I was surprised by Jojo Moyes third novel in the Me Before You saga, Still Me (****), which added a lot more to the series than it's predecessor, After You. 

These books I picked up on a whim in a charity shop. They turned out to be better than I even expected, however. The Bailey Game (***), by Celia Rees, was a dark, creepy, chilling YA thriller. And Amy (****), by Mary Hooper, was a horrifying coming of age story, and a dark glimpse into the dangers of the internet. 

Another charity shop find, The Sense of an Ending (***), by Julian Barnes, turned out to be a book I read back in 2011! I re-read it, though, and found I enjoyed it even more on a second read-through. I Saw A Man (***), by Owen Sheers, was a little waffley, but still a gripping thriller, with a shocking twist.

Wrong Time, Wrong Place (***), by Simon Kernick, is a title from the Quick Reads collection. It was gory, grisly and super creepy and, if I had to criticise it, I'd say it was too short. The Wife Between Us (*****), by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, is the best novel I read in March, though. A fantastically gripping, wholly original novel with a massive twist. Reminiscent of The Girl On The Train. 

So, what's on my TBR pile for April? Some really exciting books, actually, and I'm keen to get cracking on this pile! I'm particularly excited for Everything is Lies by Helen Callaghan, as I loved her first novel Dear Amy. I'm also keen to read The Collector by Fiona Cummins, because her first novel, Rattle, was fantastic. Authors that I love have released some new novels recently, like B A Paris, C.L. Taylor and Clare Mackintosh. I've left some room on my TBR pile this month for pre-orders, or a few shorter reads if I need to catch up on my GoodReads Reading Challenge at any point! 

What have you read recently? 

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