The year in books – April 2016

Hello, how are you? As we’re almost in April (how?!) today I’m sharing the books I read in March and what I plan to read in April. This is all part of my 2016 goal to read at least one book a month, as part of Circle of Pine Tree’s the year in books.


The year in books - in March 2016 I read The Rosie Project and The Children Act. This month I plan to read All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Post from This Little Space of Mine


So before I talk about All The Light We Cannot See, my choice for April, here’s how I got on with The Rosie Project and The Children Act. Two very different reads!

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

I loved this book. Absolutely loved it. I read it in the space of a week and couldn’t put it down. I especially loved curling up with this book on a quiet Sunday morning with a cup of tea and Freds by my side. The book felt like a ‘will they, won’t they’ kind of story, but so much smarter. I loved the characters almost instantly and thought the story was told well. The only thing I would say is that I wasn’t quite sure what the ending was, so I had to Google it. I won’t say more than that as I don’t want to ruin it, but I’ve heard it’s ‘a thing’ and I’m not alone. Highly recommend The Rosie Project.

The Children Act by Ian McEwan

After reading Antonement, I was curious about another Ian McEwan story and spotted this book on my Dad’s bookshelf. The Children Act is an easy enough read and the story has all the makings of being compelling, but for me the spark was missing. I was waiting for a turning point or a twist or more depth about the court case or relationship Fiona has with her husband Jack, but it never came. It felt like it fizzled out to a weak ending, which was such a shame. That being said, the morning after I finished reading it I did think a lot about the characters on my drive to work – so I guess it stayed with me a bit.

April’s book choice

For April I’m going to read All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. It’s a book I’ve been looking forward to reading for a while; I came across it while having a lunchtime mooch around Waterstones and my Mum gave it to me at Christmas. Sometimes there is nothing better than spending time in a bookshop, I find it’s a great way of escaping the day to day and inspires me to read more.

What are you reading at the moment? Keep the recommendations coming and hopefully we can all inspire each other to read more in 2016.

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to catch the #theyearinbooks hashtag over on Instagram!

Leanne x

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