The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessey by Rachel Joyce. This is an interesting one because it’s basically The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry but from Queenie Hennessey’s point of view. I have actually put off reading this book for so long because I loved Harold Fry and I was scared that this might ruin that book. Fortunately it did not and I really enjoyed it.
The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin. It took me a really long time to get into this book, I must have been a third of the way through before I started enjoying it. It was actually really good, think Contact set in China.
The Just City by Jo Walton. The basic premise for this is the goddess Athene tries to create the perfect city Plato wrote about in The Republic. It also does this really interesting thing where it’s almost a sci-fi but it doesn’t feel like a typical sci-fi. And yet it features robots and has an interesting idea that getting robots to work for humans is basically slavery. I enjoyed it and it made me want to read The Republic.
Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal. I’m not sure if it was just the translation that made this book feel strange but it felt more like a stream of consciousness rather than a proper story. This is the type of book you need to put aside time for and read in one sitting. It’s set over a period of 24 hours and you see how a boy dies in a car crash and you follow the story of his heart as it’s transplanted into another person. But it was pretty interesting, not the best, but I’m still glad I read it.
Animal Farm by George Orwell. I don’t really know what to say about this. It’s George Orwell. It’s super short and if you haven’t read it you definitely need to.
The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks. I really enjoyed this. It’s about farming in the Lake District and it’s surprisingly interesting. One thing that did annoy me however is certain parts are almost an autobiography, and considering this book is supposed to be about sheep farming they feel unnecessary. I don’t want to sound mean or anything but I’m reading this for the farming aspect not because I want to learn about the author’s life.
March also marked a huge moment for my blog as I hit 100,000 all time views. As a way to celebrate I have decided to give away a copy of Blog Inc by Joy Deangdeelert Cho. I have found this book so useful and inspirational over the last 3 years and I want to share it with someone.
All you need to do to enter is comment on this post with “I want that book!”. Of course there are a number of rules, you need to be okay with sending me your address, if you’re under 18 please make sure you have a parent or guardian’s permission. I will be sending the book directly through Book Depository so please make sure you live in a country they deliver to (you can check here).
The competition will be open for 1 week and will close at 5pm on the 8th of April.
Edit: I totally forgot to mention this but remember to leave your email address in the form or link a Twitter account so I can contact you if you win.