It’s time for the What’s On your Bookshelf? link up! I’m looking forward to you sharing what you’ve read at our monthly link up co-hosted with my friends Deb from Deb’s World, Donna from Retirement Reflections and Jo from And Anways. Remember to check out what has been on their bookshelves as well.
Having returned from a wonderful holiday Cruising Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea I wasn’t expecting to come down to reality with a viral infection a few weeks later. It really knocked me for a loop and after the first few days where I was sleeping or coughing most of the time, the remainder of my recovery had me being so grateful for books! I’m not one to lay about but when your body needs rest you listen and reading certainly helped reduce the boredom.
I’ve shared some of the books I read over the last month, although there is one I’m holding back until next month as it is a 5-star + and deserves a comprehensive review. Watch this space….
The Never Stop Reading Book Club with my Grandson, Ethan
I wrote previously about how my grandson, Ethan who is 9 and I have started a book club together. He named it ‘The Never Stop Reading Book Club’ and selected The Ice Monster by David Walliams as our first book to read.
Each week when I collect Ethan and Elliot from school we discuss what we have read so far. When we finished the book, I set some questions for both of us to answer and like my Classics Book Club we decided to do some baking and make something from the book. . I also wrote some questions for us to answer and it was interesting reading my grandson’s answers on why he liked the book, what he didn’t like and what he had learned
I was impressed when I returned from my 10-day cruise to PNG that Ethan had not only answered the questions without prompting from his Mum, but had thought about his answers. I’ve posted a photo of his answers and I’ve written my review below.
Another positive about reading with children is that they can learn other facts and information. Ethan was playing Trivial Pursuit with his Mum and the question was ‘Who Was Queen Victoria’s husband’. Ethan immediately answered Prince Albert and when his Mum asked how he knew he told her he had read it in The Ice Monster. He is also pretty clued up on Woolly Mammoths now.
The Ice Monster by David Walliams – Ethan and Nan’s ratings – We both rated the book ✭✭✭✭✭
David Walliams has captured his readers with adventure and fun and even at 66 years old I enjoyed the book. The writing is good and I found I wanted to see what happened to Woolly, Elise, Dotty and the rest of the crew. There is a moral to the story which I liked – never give up and help those in need.
Our next book is another by David Walliams – the Midnight Gang and I can’t wait to read it.
Have you ever read a book by an author with the same name as you?
Prompt #30 in the 52 Book Club Reading Challenge is ‘An Author with the same name as you’. Now that sent me down a rabbit hole which was timely as I had just written my monthly contribution to Tell Us About… and the prompt was Curiosity. That was a fun prompt and I wrote What would life be like without curiosity? Whilst surprisingly I am not the only Sue or Susan Loncaric in the world (can you believe that!), there weren’t any authors by that name. Having struck out with Loncaric, I decided to google Sue Roberts, my maiden name.
My full name was Susan Irene Roberts but like most Susan’s in the 50s the name was shortened to Sue. But I digress. I actually found an author Sue Roberts and to make things even better, the books she has written appealed to me. It wasn’t a case of having to read a book I didn’t enjoy just to fulfil the challenge prompt. In fact, this author has written several books, which I’ve added to my reading list. I’ve listed the ones I’ve read this month.
I’ve rated them all 3 stars because they are definitely light. In saying that they are happy and joyful and perfect for a holiday read or if you aren’t well, need cheering up and don’t have to concentrate on the story line.
So are you curious? Do you have the same name as an author? Will you dive down the rabbit hole and find out? I’d love to hear if there is.
Are you a fan of series? Of Cozy Crime or perhaps Nordic Noir? Then I have some books you need to add to your TBR list!
The Dales Dectective Series
On the cruise I enjoyed catching up with Samson and Delihah in the cozy crimes series The Dales Dectective Series by Julia Chapman. These books are easy to read and perfect for a holiday read. I’m partial to cozy crime and if I enjoy a series, I can’t stop until I’ve read all the books. This was another prompt I could tick off in the 52 Book Club Challenge which was prompt #39 ‘The Final Book in a Series’. Date with Evil is Book 8 and the final in the series which ties up most of the loose ends which have been left here and there throught the series. Something tells me we may not have seen the last of Samson and Delihah though as I felt that the ending could leave a door open if Julia wants to continue. I for one would be very happy is she did.
The Sandhamm Murders Series
My friend and co-host Debbie from Deb’s World reviewed this series last month and as I had read Hidden in Snow another of Viveca Sten’s books I immediately looked up this series. I do love a series and this Nordic Noir author is tempting me away from my first love the British Cozy Crime Series. Still Waters is #1 and Closed Circles is #2 in the series and I’m enjoying not only the plots but also where the series is set in the Swedish Archipelago. I remember vividly cruising through the beautiful as we said goodby to Stockholm so I’m enjoying getting to know the area in more detail.
Hidden in Snow by Viveca Sten– My rating ✭✭✭✭✭
I’ve read Nordic Noir books ages ago. Who didn’t read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series? One of the prompts in the 52 Book Club Challenge is Nordi Noir. I had previously read An Elderly Lady Is Up To No Good and you can read my review HERE in my May edition of WOYBS?. However, I found it a bit light on for my interpretation of Noir.
I’m not sure how I came across Hidden in Snow by Viveca Sten but I loved it.
This is the first book I’ve read by Viveca Sten but I will certainly be back for more. Hidden in Snow is a thriller that will keep you enthralled and guessing.
Hanna Ahlander has crashed and burned both in her professional life as a Stockholm police officer and in her personal life. She seeks refuge in her sister’s holiday lodge in the ski resort town of Are to lick her wounds and work out what her future will be. When a teenage girl goes missing, Hanna joins the search and rescue and is rescued herself when Detective Inspector Daniel Lindskog asks her to join his team.
With sub zero temperatures and inclement weather time is running out to find the missing girl but they uncover more than they expected.
If you love crime, mystery and a book that holds your interest until the last word then Hidden in Snow is for you. I can’t wait to read the Sandhamm Murders series by Viveca Sten. My friend and co-host Debbie from Deb’s World reviewed this series last month.
The Navigator’s Daughter by Nancy Cole Silverman– My rating ✭✭✭
I was fortunate to receive this book as an ARC through Book Sirens and thoroughly enjoyed it. Kat has lost her job and probably her husband and not sure what is next for her. Her Father, a WWII navigator whose plane a B-24 went down in Hungary. has received a letter from advising him that the plane has been found.
He asks Kat to go and see for herself and also to find the mother and her son who helped her Dad and his fellow crewman when they landed in enemy territory. Would they still be alive? Is this a scam? Kat embarks on a journey of discovery and there are twists and turns along the way including being caught up in an Art smuggling ring and a discovery that will change her life.
I enjoyed the book by Nancy Cole Silverman and would recommend it to readers who enjoy historical fiction and mystery. This story will hold you until the last page.
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol. My rating ✭✭✭
Written in 1865, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol (the pseudonym for Charles Dodgson), was the selected reading for our most recent Classics Book Club. Although this is regarded by many as a children’s story, especially if you watched Disney movies as a child, there is much more to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. After scooting down a rabbit-hole, I discovered that the book had been banned not once, but at least 3 times in the 20th Century. This information, provided me with a solution to my 52 Bookclub Challenge prompt #33 ‘A Banned Book’.
In 1900 it was suspended from classroom use at Woodsville High School in Haverhill, New Hampshire, because the novel contained expletives, references to masturbation and sexual fantasies, and “derogatory characterizations of teachers and religious ceremonies
In 1931, the work was banned in China by the Governor of Huan Province on the grounds that “Animals should not use human language, and…it [is] disastrous to put animals and human beings on the same level.”
It was banned in the ’60s in the US for the book’s references to drug use.
Is this a children’s book originally a simple story to entertain three young girls during a 5-mile boat ride in July of 1862?
We had a lively Book Club discussion – some enjoyed the book others didn’t for various reasons. I found it difficult to immerse myself in the ‘imagination’ of the writer whereas one of our group loved the book and totally enjoyed following Alice down the Rabbit Hole. We all agreed that the book could possibly be banned again like Pride & Prejudice or the Roald Dahl books recently, as seems to be the practice these days. However, we also agreed that books written in previous eras, were written of that time and society. We can’t change what has happened in the past but we can learn from history and it is a shame to have books banned because they don’t fit into societal requirements in modern day.
What do you think? Should we ban books because the content doesn’t sit well with us?
Well that’s what has been on my bookshelf during the month, What’s been on yours? I would love you to share with me.
Happy reading and remember to pop over to read what books have been on my co-hosts shelves.
The next #WOYBS will be Thursday August 16/Friday August 17. I’m looking forward to seeing and reading What’s Been on your Bookshelf? during the month.