Monthly Round Up: February 2021

Reading Round Up

Three books completed is a little lower than last month, but alongside those I have begun a re-read of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall. I rarely – very rarely – re-read a novel but this one absolutely rewards it! Characters are more vivid, the chronology is clearer, the language shines more!

Favourite Adult Book

Luster by Raven Leilani which is still awaiting a review. In short form, an engaging tale of a young black woman in America who is engaged in a relationship with a married man in an open relationship; when she finds herself suddenly homeless, she moves in with them.

Favourite Young Adult Book

The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave which has been on my TBR list for a long time, and is now longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. The story of two twin Traveller sisters who are captured and enslaved in the Romanian woods and whilst in the service of the local boyar they catch the attention of the warlord Dracul.

Knowing the story of Dracula well, these were not characters that it paid to get attached to!

Most exciting Book Acquisition

The Mermaid of Black Conch, Monique Roffey

Most talked about book acquistion

Fake Accounts by Lauren Oyler

Oddest thing learned from books this month

That Henry VIII apparently lost his virginity to Elizabeth Boleyn, mother to both Mary and Anne Boleyn, both of whom were also bedded by Henry!

‘…they say that when His Majesty was young, not yet king, it was Boleyn’s wife who relieved him of his virgin state.’
‘Elizabeth Boleyn?’ He is not often surprised. ‘This one’s mother?’
‘The same. Perhaps the king lacks imagination in that way…’

Blog Round Up

Most Popular Book Review

Moonflower Murders

I wonder whether this will become a self-fulfilling prophecy but the most popular post this month remains Horowitz Moonflower Murders with 164 views.

Most Popular POST

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Written Before I was Born

Currently Reading As We Start February

3 comments

  1. Ooh Wolf Hall is one I’ve been meaning to get to for YEARS! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it enough to want to read it again. I’ve been hearing really good things about The Mermaid of Black Conch, too. Have a great March!

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