This month I have managed to rekindle properly my oldest loves: reading. I love to read. I love letters. I love words. I particularly love words on a page - they are amazing. And finally, I have made the time to get back to my reading-like-ridiculous-amounts ways. This month's reading has been the ultimate success, and has helped me through many a life nightmare. So, I thought I'd try and do a little "Books of..." post every month just in case you were a little bookworm like me.
Madame Tussaud - Michelle Moran
Madame Tussaud was in fact, the sculptor who's creations are now in the wonderful Madame Tussaud. Set in France at the time of Marie Antoinette and the French court, this is a lovely tale that combines history, war and art.
The Second Empress - Michelle Moran
Another Historical fiction book that centres around Bonaparte this time, and tells of family quarrels and wars.
The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom
A wonderful little story that starts at the end: it starts at the end of the protagonist's life, taking him on a journey through 5 other people's heavens in order to understand the impact of his life. Wonderful, truly enlightening, and makes you think.
The Suicide Shop - Jean Teule
Now, this sounds utterly depressing but it may be my fave of this month's books. Set in a world where everyone wants to commit suicide, the family in this book own the suicide shop, and are just as you think suicide shop owners would be. But there is a problem - their youngest son: full of life, angelic-looking, always seeing the bright side. His life gives huge insight into how the world works. Absolutely worth reading, a very dark comedy!
Death Comes to Pemberley - P. D. James
I actually read this before I watched the BBC adaptation, and quite enjoyed both. Not amazing, but fitting with the original Pride and Prejudice style, a good read for a lazy afternoon.
The Red Queen - Philippa Gregory
Historical fiction is one of my favourite genres, and this is a wonderful book that runs alongside The White Queen by Philippa Gregory in terms of events and times, but is told from the viewpoint of Margaret Beaufort. If you have seen or read The White Queen then you need to read this to complete the picture.
I hope this might have given you some reading food for thought!