April already! Crazy, crazy. It’ll be Summer before we know it! I managed to read all of the books on my TBR for March. Woohoo. Go me!
Here’s my tentative TBR list for April! Thanks to Tina over at Reading Between The Pages for hosting! I do have 2 weeks off in April, so I’ve added more than usual. Let’s hope I can get through them!
Look To Your Wife- Paula Byrne
Lisa Blaize – teacher, and would-be fashion writer, mother and second wife – feels out of place when her high-flying husband becomes the headmaster of a school in a country town. Isolated and far from her metropolitan upbringing, she turns to the one place where she learns she can be uninhibited.
But ‘Twitter may be my undoing’, Lisa discovers as her one-time private life becomes all too public. Soon she is dealing with an online stalker and her husband’s reputation is put at risk, but will she be able to give up her addiction?
From the gossip of the classroom to our obsession with instant communication, Look To Your Wife is witty and brilliantly observed, revealing the pleasures and pains of contemporary life.
I’m really intrigued by this book. I haven’t read any non-fiction by Paula Byrne, but for the synopsis intrigued me.
Two Steps Forward- Graeme Simison & Anne Buist
Zoe, a sometime artist, is from California. Martin, an engineer, is from Yorkshire. Both have ended up in picturesque Cluny, in central France. Both are struggling to come to terms with their recent past—for Zoe, the death of her husband; for Martin, a messy divorce. Looking to make a new start, each sets out alone to walk two thousand kilometres from Cluny to Santiago, in northwestern Spain, in the footsteps of pilgrims who have walked the Camino—the Way—for centuries.
The Camino changes you, it’s said. It’s a chance to find a new version of yourself. But can these two very different people find each other?
In this smart, funny and romantic journey, Martin’s and Zoe’s stories are told in alternating chapters by husband-and-wife team Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist. Two Steps Forward is a novel about renewal—physical, psychological and spiritual. It’s about the challenge of walking a long distance and of working out where you are going. And it’s about what you decide to keep, what you choose to leave behind and what you rediscover.
I am intrigued to read more from Graeme after enjoying The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect.
Things Bright and Beautiful-Anbara Salam
Mission House was not built for three people. Especially when one of them won’t stop humming.
1954, the South Pacific islands. When Beatriz Hanlon agreed to accompany her missionary husband Max to a remote island, she knew there would be challenges. But it isn’t just the heat and the damp and the dirt. There are more insects than she could ever have imagined, and the islanders are strangely hostile. And then there are the awful noises coming from the church at night.
Yet as the months go by, Bea slowly grows accustomed to life on the island. That is until an unexpected and interminably humming guest arrives, and the couple’s claustrophobic existence is stretched to breaking point.
Events draw to a terrible climax, and Bea watches helplessly as her husband’s guilt drives him into madness. It’s not long before Bea finds herself fighting for her freedom and her life.
Literary fiction scares me sometimes, but I couldn’t help but request this book. That cover and that synopsis! Yes please!
Ratburger- David Walliams
“Meet Zoe. She’s got a lot of things to be unhappy about:
* Her stepmother Sheila is so lazy she asks Zoe to pick her nose for her.
* The school bully Tina Trotts makes her life a misery – mainly by flobbing on her head.
* And on top of it all, the dastardly Burt has terrible plans for her pet rat.
I can’t tell you what those plans are, but there’s a clue in the title of this book…”
I’m really looking forward to this book from David Walliams for our kid-lit choice this month!
Saga Volume 3- Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the universe. Searching for their literary hero, new parents Marko and Alana travel to a cosmic lighthouse on the planet Quietus, while the couple’s multiple pursuers finally close in on their targets.
This is the book that has been picked for the Banned Books feature that I also do with my sister, Beth. I’m intrigued to see how Saga continues.