Okay, well the books I'd like to recommend to you this month are:
- Addition by Toni Jordan
- The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elizabeth Tova Bailey
- Eye for an Eye by Frank Muir
Addition - Toni Jordan
I loved this book and I was reminded about it at a lunch the other week when I was talking to new friends about what to read on holiday. The blurb about this books says:
Grace Lisa Vandenburg counts. The letters in her name (19). The steps she takes every morning to the local café (920). The number of poppy seeds on her orange cake, which dictates the number of bites she'll take to eat it. Grace counts everything, because that way there are no unpleasant surprises.
Seamus Joseph O'Reilly (also a 19) thinks she might be better off without the counting. If she could hold down a job, say. Or open her cupboards without conducting an inventory, or leave her flat without measuring the walls.
Grace's problem is that Seamus doesn't count. Her other problem is . . . he does.
As Grace struggles to balance a new relationship with old habits, to find a way to change while staying true to herself, she realises that nothing is more chaotic than love.
Although this might sound really like chick-lit, it isn't! It's both hilarious and heart-rending, and a joy to read.
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating - Elizabeth Bailey
This was a wonderful find which made me both recognise how lucky I am and encouraged me to stop and be observant more often. The blurb says:
While an illness keeps her bedridden, Elisabeth Bailey watches a wild snail that has taken up residence in a terrarium alongside her bed. She enters the rhythm of life of this mysterious creature, and comes to a greater understanding of her own confined place in the world. In a work that beautifully demonstrates the rewards of closely observing nature, she shares the inspiring and intimate story of her close encounter with Neohelix albolabris a common woodland snail. Intrigued by the snail's world from its strange anatomy to its mysterious courtship activities; she becomes a fascinated and amused observer of the snail's curious life.
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is an affirmation of the healing power of nature, revealing how much of the world we miss in our busy daily lives, and how truly magical it is. A remarkable journey of survival and resilience, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating shows how a small part of the natural world can illuminate our own human existence and deepen our appreciation of what it means to be fully alive.Try it. It's wonderful!
Eye for an Eye - Frank Muir
And last but most certainly not least, Frank Muir's first book in his Andy Gilchrist series. This series is set in St Andrews - my stamping ground. A great opener to a series that just gets better!
So, what have you found to recommend this month? Share the details of your top finds in the comments so we can all read something great next month.One psychopath. One killer. The Stabber.
Six victims, all wife beaters. Each stabbed to death through their left eye. The cobbled lanes and backstreets of St Andrews provide the setting for these brutal killings. But six unsolved murders and mounting censure from the media force DI Andy Gilchrist off the case. Driven by his fear of failure, and desperate to redeem his career and reputation, Gilchrist vows to catch The Stabber alone...