The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine
Finders Keepers by Stephen King
2015 Releases I Was Most Looking Forward To. It's the follow up book from Mr Mercedes, which I loved! In this book, Morris Belamy is obsessed with author John Rothstein, who wrote a popular series about a character called Jimmy Gold. When Belamy reads the final book, he's livid about how it all ended and confronts Rothstein, who has become a hermit. He kills him and takes his notebooks, convinced there is another Jimmy Gold novel in there. He hides the notebooks and cash and is then sent to jail for another crime. He waits patiently until the day he will be reunited with the notebooks. Fast-forward almost 30 years later to 2009 and a young Pete Saubers finds the notebooks and cash. He uses the money to help his family, who are broke due to his father being injured in the Mr Mercedes attack. The book then cuts to 2014 when Belamy is released on parole and starts looking for the notebooks. Bill Hodges asked to investigate this whole story to help Pete, who is now in grave danger. While I did like the book I felt it slow to get into. I was used to Hodges being the main narrator from the first book and he didn't enter the book until it was at least 100 pages in. There was a lot of building up of the story and not enough of Hodges' colleagues, Holly and Jerome. It wasn't the worst ever, I did enjoy revisiting Hodges and co. in this book. I'm just hoping there is a lot more of them in book 3!
You Say Potato by Ben Crystal and David Crystal
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
August 2013 and really enjoyed it. This is a companion novel, which focuses on Teddy, the younger brother of Ursula, who was the protagonist in Life After Life. It was another book that was on my most anticipated books of 2015. And it did not disappoint. The book cuts back and forth throughout different timelines: When Teddy is a child, when Teddy is an adult and in the RAF, Teddy and his family, his daughters life and her relationship with her children and finally when Teddy is an older man. We get lots of different insights in the book and while I usually don't like books that zig zag through time, I loved this one. It slowly reveals little bits and pieces, almost like putting a jigsaw together and you finally start seeing the bigger picture. It gave me chills at times and it had me crying on a bus on the way home from work when I finished the book. It is probably my favourite book of the year. Atkinson does a lot of research for the book, especially for the RAF chapters and Penguin have a fantastic podcast where Richard E. Grant interviews Atkinson and they discuss 5 items that influenced the writing of this book. It's spoiler free but if you'd rather go in not knowing much then wait to listen after. You can read either Life After Life or A God in Ruins first, they won't spoil the stories but I'd probably go with the order I read them in. Definitely pick this up!
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
I spoke briefly about this in my Furiously Happy book review post. While living in Ibiza, Matt Haig's mental health took a serious dive. This book documents what he felt during this time, as well as after when he moved back home to try recover. He also just has pages that are lists and tips with dealing with mental health or when someone you know is suffering. I found myself crying at times over this as I felt that Haig finally put into words what I've felt in the past. It's a short small book but it's well worth the read. It's not perfect, it is definitely subjective at times but I feel like everyone will at least get something out of reading this. Paula over at Cornflakegirl's Musings has a much better in depth review which is well worth checking out here.
Workin' It! Rupaul's Guide to Life, Liberty and the Persuit of Style by RuPaul Charles
Number of books read- 8
Ratio fiction to non-fiction- 3:5
Male to Female authors- 4:4
Number of eBooks- 2 (The Edible Atlas and Wild)
Number of Audio Books- 1 (Reasons to Stay Alive)
Number of books borrowed from library- 1 (A God in Ruins)
Reading Challenge Completed
A Book with a Number in the Title- The Edible Atlas: Around the World in 39 Cuisines