April reads

April has been a lush reading month, and not just because I have FOUR favourites to chat about. I’ve been taking full advantage of the slightly warmer weather with some quality outdoor reading time. Is there anything better than reading in the sunshine while birds holler around you? But onto my faves…

I hesitate to call a book my FAVOURITE EVER but if I was going to bestow that title, it would be to Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I love this book so much! It’s the original rom-com – full of romance, jolliness, and a bucketful of misunderstandings. If you’ve not dipped your toe into much classical reading, I’d recommend giving this one a try. It’s easy to read and pacey, and the silly side characters will put a smile on your face.

Must Do Better by Kate Weston had me giggling and crying in equal measure. This is the second in a YA series, so go back and read Diary of a Confused Feminist if you haven’t already. Kate’s writing is fun and heartfelt, toeing the line perfectly between teenage foolishness and confronting the sometimes harsh realities of living with mental illness. AND these books are a masterclass in voice – check them out if this is something you’re trying to beef up in your own writing!

Mad About You is Mhairi McFalane’s latest offering, and it’s just as gripping as her other novels. The main character is dealing (or ignoring) past traumas, until they come back to bite her. This story explores the poisonous nature of the online pile-on alongside a romance that will have you glued to the page. I’m always a fan of a robust love interest, and this one fits the bill.

The Last Firefox by Lee Newbury is a beautiful story, not least because of the wonderful illustrations by Laura Catalán. This middle grade adventure pulls together magical fun and the message that every family is precious and valid. I loved the animal sidekick, who will have kids aw-ing and laughing in equal measure.

I also want to give a little shout-out for The Cosy Cottage in Ireland by Julie Caplin. This is pure escapism – mouth-watering food description and a dreamy retreat in rural Ireland with a hunky man were just what I needed! I’ll be checking out the other titles in the series.

As always, read them all and we can be chums 😊

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