I am overly giddy to report that I am currently on-target to complete my challenge of reading 100 books in 2021! And there were some great stories that helped me edge ever closer in November…
The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan is the perfect read for a cold afternoon spent beside a blazing fire. It’s a standalone, so you don’t need to have read any of hers before, and it’s a good one to start with if you’re slightly intimidated by her towering list of books. It’s not only a fun rom-com, but also a love letter to Edinburgh – a city I am now desperate to visit – and it’s got some great sisters-who-hate-one-another-but-grow-to-love-one-another moments in there too.
All The Feels by Olivia Dade is another fun rom-com but for those who would rather stay with the characters than fade to black, if you know what I mean (THERE IS HUMPING). I loved this not only because there is a fat main character whose size isn’t the overall focus of the novel but still dealt with sensitively, but because the love interest isn’t some perfect, muscled hero. Okay, he is VERY muscled, but he’s also a flawed individual that I dare you to try not to fall a little bit in love with.
A Psalm for the Wild Built by Becky Chambers is another glorious novel from such a talented author. Honestly, if you haven’t read any of her books yet GO OUT AND BUY/BORROW THEM ALL. I am incredibly jealous of the joy you’re about to bestow upon yourself. But back to Psalm – it’s wonderfully immersive and will remind you of what is potentially good about people. I love Becky’s books because they let me fall into a world of infinite kindness, plus there’s often some kind of cool alien or robot.
As always, read them all and we can be chums 😊