I am so lucky that I have time to read before I head off to work every morning. Sure, it doesn’t make Ben happy that I set the alarm clock for 6am, but those 45 minutes with a cup of coffee and a book could just qualify as my favourite part of the day. The morning reading sessions, reading on the tube and sometimes in the evening are probably the reason why I’m slowly becoming Amazon‘s best customer. The Buy Now button on my Kindle is pretty treacherous as it’s so easy to buy more books and raise the credit card bill. At the moment I’ve only two books left to read, so sooner rather than later I’ll just have to use that sneaky Buy Now.
Does anyone wonder why Kindle books are not cheaper (or not much) from the paperbacks? When I started using it, the books were £3 or so, but now, more often than not, I notice the price being £7 or even way over £10. This doesn’t mean I’ll stop reading, but I’ve learnt to place those books onto my Wish List and buy them when the price goes down (if it does). In case the price stubbornly remains the same and I want to read the book, then I’ll still buy it, but it doesn’t hurt waiting for a while.
Last week I got immersed into three fantastic books that landed on my Top 3 Books to Read Now list, but have a look at my other reviews and recommendations. There’s actually a whole section dedicated to books on my blog and I’d love to hear any recommendations you have.
The Top 3 Books to Read Now this week include a historical novel, a crime story that’s more than just that (it’s also a book about overcoming your setbacks and circumstances) and a book in which lives of two women from different ages are intertwined.
I wrote about the first book, The Throwaway Children, in another blog post, but I loved the book so much it had to be put on this list. It’s a distressing story about the lives of children in post war England and in my opinion a story of a childhood lost.
The second book that won it’s place on the Top 3 Books to Read Now list is Without a Trace by Lesley Pearce. The story begins on Coronation Day in 1953 when Molly finds her friend dead on the kitchen floor. Her friend’s small daughter goes missing at the time of her mother’s death and since the police lose interest in finding Petal, Molly decides to take matters into her own hands. The story isn’t only about Molly’s quest to find little Petal, it’s also a story about her freeing herself from the influence of her brutish father and resigned mother. Molly’s character is amazing, she’s loving and ready to help at any time, but she’s by no means powerless. Sometimes naive, but Molly faces any challenges thrown at her with a vicious strength, which is why I was so impressed with her character. There’s too many female characters that just sit and cry at the injustice of life. I loved the book and will read more by the same author in the very near future.
The last book on my Top 3 Books to Read Now list is The Girl in the Photograph by Kate Riordan. This book was unputdownable, gothic and dark, but with amazing descriptions of the nature and the house that somehow contribute to the general atmosphere. Alice is sent to Fiercombe Manor in disgrace by her parents in 1933 and soon feels that the manor house has secrets it doesn’t wish to reveal. The housekeeper Mrs Jelphs sometimes talks about the past, but Alice has difficulties discovering more about Elizabeth in 1890. When Alice discovers Elizabeth’s diary it makes her feel as if they have a lot in common despite living in different periods. What struck me the most was the helplessness of women in the 19th century as it feels like they didn’t have any power, not even power to decide what’s best for themselves.