I will add each of the books I read over the year so keep coming back for more recommendations (2021)
Stacey Halls12,99 € 12,08 €
This has been on my to read list for some time and I finally got to it. Set against the backdrop of the Pendle Witch trials, The Familiars is a fictional story inspired by the events and the character are on the whole real life people from the period. It tells the story of Fleetwood, married at a very young age following an unhappy childhood, she finds herself pregnant and scared having lost previous pregnancies. She enrolls the help of a local midwife and her story becomes entwined with those of the women arrested on charges of witchcraft. It highlights how women from all parts of society were treated at the time (and sadly throughout history). Where a women could go from being a local healer helping her community to suddenly being cast out as a witch. I really enjoyed this book and will definetly be reading more by Stacey Hall.
John Lanchester9,99 € 9,29 €
Capital tells the story of Pepys road in South London, the residents and people who work there. When the residents start to receive postcards with the words We Want What You Have they start to question who is behind it, as the story progress over 12 months the lives of the residents are turned up side down. You also learn about the different people who live and work in the area and the book paints a perfect picture of the diverse population of London. I loved that the people feel real and 3 dimensional. As the book goes on you feel engrossed in the characters story and the twist and turns of their lives Is it good for dyslexic readers? The print is fairly small and it's a big book (for me anyway) so it did take me a while to read. But on the plus because this is a multi-character story each chapter feels like a different story (although interconnected) so it was easy to read a chapter and have a break without loosing touch with the plot. The writing style is also really easy flowing which was also a bonus. I really enjoyed this book, it's funny, sad and really paints a picture of modern London. I would definetly read more by John Lanchester.
Elinor Cleghorn16,98 € 15,79 €
Adding to the list as a future read, I'm interested in the way women have been treated by medicine over the years and feel there's a real role for information professionals to work with the medical profession, to correct this. Will leave a review once I've finished reading it.
Sheena Wilkinson6,99 € 6,50 €
This is a YA book telling the story of a home for young women in Belfast in 1921, when Northern Ireland was being created. A home for young women from all parts of society who learn to live and work together. I originally got this for my eldest daughter to read to help understand her heritage , she has family from all parts of Ireland, both Catholic and Protestant. However this book although set in the back drop of division, deals more with how women are treated by society. Distrusted by all sides , as people question why a group of women/young girls would choose to live without men. It also deals in a very small way with sexuality, and shows how someone at the time would not have had the language to express their feelings about sexuality and would not have had the role models in their life to consider anything than the social norms. Instead left with confusion. There's a lot of snobbery around reading (which really needs to end) Young Adult books are amazingly well written and enjoyable don't let anyone tell you otherwise - teenagers are not an easy crowd to please! As a dyslexic reader I find them to be a great onany levels, often more thought has been put into the text size, the language is often to the point and simple, but well thought out and crucially the stories are really good. This is a really enjoyable read, which gives an insight into the history, people and place.
Caroline O'Donoghue8,99 € 8,36 €
Mel Giedroyc12,99 € 12,08 €
So this was a present and not a book I would have picked up myself, and I really loved it. It's a very easy read, funny and although a comic version of family life very relatable. It follows the story of the Parker family, who live a more than comfortable life in Surrey England,until things start to go wrong. Concentrating on the Mum Sally who finds a new lease of life. I really enjoyed this book, more than I expected too, the cahracters although slightly exaggerated were still relatable and it although most of us don't live in the luxury of the parkers the realitybof modern family life is realistic and relatable.
Sally Rooney16,98 € 15,79 €
Kjell Ola Dahl8,99 € 8,36 €
Delia Owens9,99 € 9,29 €
This is a beautifully written story which is in essence a love letter to nature and wildlife. The descriptions within the book transport you to another place and time, whilst portraying how our assumptions about an individual lead us to discriminate against them. As it retells the story of a young girl growing up in the marshlands of North Carolina. For Dyslexic readers: I found this a fairly easy book to read,. The font, layoup and print are all fairly standard. But the language is very much based around speech, sometimes written phonetically as spoken rather than in perfect spelling. Which personally I find easier to read.
David Adam9,99 € 9,29 €
Richard Osman8,99 € 8,36 €
I really enjoyed this book, it offers everything mystery, relationships humour and compassion. It shows the investigation by the Thursday Murder Club a group who meet every Thursday at their retirement village to discuss unresolvedurders, when they find themselves caught up in the middle of a brutal killing on their doorstop. From a dyslexic perspective I found this book very easy to read and very enjoyable. My last impression was when I'm older enough I would happily live somewhere like Larkin Court, but my lasting impression of the book was that I would love to live somewhere like Larkin Court where residents make new friendships and enjoy life together (but without the murder obviously!)
Andrea Mara12,99 € 12,08 €
Stacey Halls, Patrick Knowles, et al.8,99 € 8,36 €
Bella Mackie14,99 € 13,94 €