The Year in Books | May 2016


Just as I’d hoped, April’s book, The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion was heart-warming and funny.  My last few books were each wonderful in their own way but for April I was after something light and uplifting and with a touch of romance. This definitely ticked all the boxes for me.

Our protagonist Don is a genetics professor and nearing his fortieth birthday. His friends and colleagues seem to suspect that Don is probably somewhere on the autistic spectrum but we’re not entirely sure if he is aware of this himself. Don is hugely intelligent, likes routine and order, and certainly doesn’t like the unexpected. And he devises a system, complete with a pretty stringent questionnaire, to find himself the perfect wife.

As a character, I really warmed to Don, I think because he was different to any other character I’ve come across in some time. His quirks and his difficulties in social situations were so endearing and I found myself rooting for him throughout the book, which I thoroughly enjoyed. If you’re after something a bit different, funny and warm, this is the book for you.

And so to May. I’ve chosen something very different,  A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray. Since I’ve become a mother, I find it really difficult to read about the loss of a child because I just don’t want to think about that ever happening. But I’m drawn to this book because I’ve heard so many good things about it. There are bound to be tears,  so I’ll grab my box of tissues and *deep breath* here it goes…


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