#EmptyShelf18 September Reads

#EmptyShelf18 September Reads

In September I read:

Recipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria MysteryRecipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria Mystery by Sally Andrew
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well I really enjoyed that. In similar vein to Alexander McCall Smith but I enjoyed even more! Gentle humour, a ‘gentle’ murder hunt, some ‘gentle’ comedy and plenty of delicious food ideas! Exactly what you want to read on a few days off …

FlightFlight by Vanessa Harbour
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book, it’s a gentle jog (with some tough themes, appropriate for the age of the readers) through an escape set towards the end of the war with a Jewish boy and a Roma girl – and a lot of horses – at the centre of it. It would give plenty of topic of conversation for those reading it with their children, and adults can appreciate it to. Well researched.

The Vagenda: A Zero Tolerance Guide to the MediaThe Vagenda: A Zero Tolerance Guide to the Media by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book, and took photos of a few pages that really struck me (especially about body image). It really highlights the problematic culture that we live in that so shapes our lives (particularly women), encouraging women not to take up so much space in the world. There are mentions of social media, but thankfully it’s not blamed for the content and the cultural expectations that are shared on there – years of magazine culture – emerging around the time that women got the vote – encourages women to focus on ‘having it all’, appearance, not speaking up, etc. Definitely worth a read – lots of humour, bits of repetition occasionally.

Station ElevenStation Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another book that I enjoyed – always love people’s visions of dystopian futures – and in this book we gradually see how the character’s stories weave together. I’m always fascinated by the survivalist techniques- and how everyday objects that we take for granted become useless or repurposed!! Left the book in a charity shop in Dundee for someone else to enjoy …

Salmon Fishing in the YemenSalmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve had this book on my shelf for years, but decided that as I was going on a fly-fishing weekend (Casting for Recovery), if I wasn’t going to read it then, when was I! It wasn’t what I’d expected at all – clearly hadn’t read the back cover – a political extravaganza – and some of the fly-fishing language I learnt in Scotland this weekend helped! I enjoyed it, enjoyed the format of different forms of ‘evidence’ whilst trying to guess what they were evidence for. Unlikely to read it a second time, but it kept me intrigued. This will also be left in a charity shop in Dundee!

The Woman in the WoodThe Woman in the Wood by Lesley Pearse
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well this book fitted perfectly into a train journey from Dundee to Manchester. I’ve read a few of Lesley Pearse’s books and they’re not the lightest of books, but there’s always enough detail to keep you interested. This was another in a similar vein – dark subject matter, set in the 1960s – kept me guessing for quite a while!

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