13 March 2016

I'd like to read...


I'm kicking off a new blog series today - introducing The List, a monthly (or at least that's the plan) installment in which I'm going to show you some the books that have caught my attention and were added to my never-ending list of things I'd like to read over the last month.

In February...


The Ballroom by Anna Hope
1911: Inside an asylum at the edge of the Yorkshire moors, where men and women are kept apart by high walls and barred windows, there is a ballroom vast and beautful.  For one bright evening every week they come together and dance.  When John and Ella meet it is a dance that will change two lives forever.  Set over the heatwave summer of 1911, the end of the Edwardian era, The Ballroom is a tale of unlikely love and dangerous obsession, of madness and sanity, and of who gets to decide which is which.
I'm really interested to read this one because it sounds like it combines all my favourite ingredients for a book: history, psychology, a moral question, a love story, and to top it all of, it's set in Yorkshire (also known as the best place in the world - I'm biased but it's true).  I'm intrigued to see what I can learn from this about attitudes to mental health in the Edwardian era and I actually currently have this on loan from my local library, so it will be getting read very soon!

Pax by Sara Pennypacker
The story of Pax, a young fox, and his 'boy' Peter who are separated when Peter has to move away at the start of the war. Switching between their two viewpoints, Sara Pennypacker's book tells the story of their independent journeys to find one another again. 
This sounds reminiscent of Homeward Bound and I'm a big fan of stories involving animals as part of the main cast of characters.  I love foxes, and it sounds like a heartwarming story!


The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin
Noah wants to go home.  It sounds like a simple request from a 4 year old, but Noah also has an irrational fear of water, is plagued by nightmares, and makes frequent requests of his mother, Janie, to go see his 'real mother.'  Under pressure from Noah's school, Janie seeks help and they meet Jerome Anderson, an academic studying children who appear to recall detail of previous lives.  Their quest to help Noah leads them to the door of a woman whose own son disappeared seven years ago.
Sounds intriguing, doesn't it?  I'm really interested to see the direction this book takes with the theme of past lives and memory.  It sounds very similar in style to Jodi Picoult with alternating chapters told from different viewpoints.  Very excited to read this one!


Perijee & Me by Ross Montgomery
Caitlin is the only young person living on Middle Island.  On the first day of vacation, she finds a tiny alien on the beach.  Caitlin becomes close to her secret friend, whom she names Perijee, teaching him everything about her world and treating him like a brother.  There's only one problem:  Perijee won't stop growing.  And growing... Caitlin will have to convince the adults around her - and Perijee himself - that the creature they see as terrifying monster is anything but.

I'm really loving children's fiction at the moment and Perijee & Me sounds like a really cute story, with absolutely gorgeous artwork:




Life After Life // A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

Life After Life has been on my list for a long time, but I have to admit that I'd kind of forgotten about it.  It wasn't until someone mentioned A God In Ruins during one of February's book blogger chats on Twitter that I even knew it had a sequel, but after reading a little more about both books, I've bumped Life After Life back up this list and added its sequel too.

Has anything new jumped out at you this month?  Make sure to come back next month for the next installment!
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