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Taking stock – 2019 reading so far…

So, we’re now a quarter of the way through 2019. How fast have those months gone?

I wanted to do a recap of my reading so far this year, to take stock of any goals I set for myself and refresh them.
Here goes:

Number of books read: 11

Books, ratings, and links to reviews:

The A.B.C. Murders, by Agatha Christie – ebook5 stars
Transcription, by Kate Atkinson – hardback4 stars
History of Wolves, by Emily Fridlund – paperback3 stars
The Coordinates of Loss, by Amanda Prowse – ebook3 stars
Restless Souls, by Dan Sheehan – paperback4 stars
This Is Going To Hurt, by Adam Kay – library ebook5 stars
Becoming, by Michelle Obama – audiobook5 stars
The Hunting Party, by Lucy Foley – library ebook4 stars
The Parasites, by Daphne du Maurier – paperback4 stars
Swan Song, by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott – library ebook4 stars
Invisible Women, by Caroline Criado Perez – audiobook4 stars

One of my aims for 2019 was to read more non-fiction, and I’ve managed to achieve that in a small way already: a personal/political memoir, a medical memoir, and a research narrative. In terms of fiction, I still haven’t veered too far from the literary or thriller genres but there’ll be time to explore the wider literary landscape. My reading still seems to be female-heavy, with little diversity within that, so if you have any recommendations, just let me know!

I’ve also made use of my library membership (3 books) and my audiobook subscription (2 books) which has brought my book spend down to a suitable amount!

Currently reading:
My Sister, The Serial Killer, by Oyinkan Braithwaite

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I am liking this book so far. The short chapters make for a choppy pace that I think works for the insecure and anxious state of the narrator, Korede. The dark humour throughout adds further to the sense of unpredictability because, like the characters, the tone can’t be trusted not to lead you down the predicted path.

Most anticipated book on my TBR:
A Place for Us, by Fatima Farheen Mirza

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As I attended the book’s Birmingham launch last year, I have been wanting to read this story of family and estrangement for a long time. Whenever I go to read it though, something comes up – a book club read, a library book being due, or I’m just not in the mood. But this book definitely sounds like a good read, one that I’ll enjoy and be moved by.

Favourite Quote(s):
“Motion had corrupted us with wanderlust.” – Swan Song
“I suppose we all carry around different versions of ourselves.” – The Hunting Party
“They both view the world as being broken up into jigsaw pieces, not shards.” – Restless Souls

Highlights:
• This Is Going To Hurt was funnier and more emotional than I was expecting. It has increased my respect for all hospital staff whose hard work, dedication, and often sacrifice keeps our health system running.
• The Parasites is an underrated gem of Daphne du Maurier’s – the plural narrative voice is haunting and disconcerting, adding a tension to a book that is essentially about people reminiscing.
• Swan Song showcases some gorgeous writing, very apt for a novel that explores the power of words. The detail that has been put into the plot, characters, and structure of this historical novel is incredible.
• I really want to read more of Agatha Christie’s mysteries – every time I do, I’m reminded what a fantastic writer she was. I was so surprised that knowing the plot of The A.B.C. Murders did not ruin my enjoyment of the book at all.

And here we are. Thanks so much for taking the time to read my round-up of the year so far.
How are you getting on with your reading goals? What have your favourite reads of 2019 been?

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