Books I Have Read In April 2020

This month there is more books than normal which I have read. I have managed to read a lot more because of the nice weather and lockdown. It has meant that I have been able to get some of the books in my collection down and read. I have been reading in an afternoon when Jess has been playing outside I have managed to get some pages in. Personally I think this has been on of my favourite elements of lockdown spending time with the family and reading. Anyway on to the books which I have read this month and there is a number of them. If you have not seen previous ones you can read the books I have in January, February and March.

The Accidental Marathon By Lucy Hawkings 2/5 Stars

Plot- Thirty-something Fleur Bonner has a career selling fake antiques, a London flat with no central heating, and no focus. She agrees to train for the London marathon, joining the misfits, who make up the Battersea Park New Runner’s Club, hoping it may provide a welcome change in her unfulfilling life. But then her boss disappears, and it appears that her job may actually be a front for art forgery. She quickly goes from girl-about-town to jailbird, not understanding what happened and why. Maybe those “misfits” from the Battersea Park New Runner’s Club can provide some answers.

My Thoughts- This is a book which has been on my to be read pile for a while and I thought I would give it a go. Sadly I was disappointed by this book it was not till towards the end that I felt like anything was actually happening. The main character was very naive and some of the things which happened seemed unbelievable. I would not recommend this book it was ok read it if you have it but don’t hunt it out.

Private Members- Leonie Fox 4/5 Stars

Plot-Welcome to St Benedict’s Country Club and Spa. As a home away from home for the A-list, membership comes at a premium – only the over-sexed, the over-rich and the over-beautiful need apply. Beware, the St Benedict’s experience involves more sex, bad behaviour, blackmail and deviance than most women can handle.

My thoughts- This was a great book for lockdown to be honest it was cheesy and almost trashy but in a very good way. It is like footballers wifes but for golf wives there all super rich. I could not actually put this book down I needed to know what was going to happen. Even I was shocked by the ending of this book I did not see it coming. I may have to be the sequel book when I am off my ban. This would also may a great cheesy film for netflix.

Diary of a Married Call Girl – Nancy Quan 3/5 Stars

Plot– Like everyone, Nancy finds that as life goes on, she has to adapt. She’s learning to hone her respectable image as the wife of investment banker Matt, cooking fashionable meals and taking his shirts to the cleaners, while turning a few tricks on the side. Volume is down, but the sex is kinkier. And she finds herself pulled into the discreet subculture of the married call girl. Some women’s husband’s know what they do, some don’t, and some ‘know, but don’t know.’ Nancy’s is in the dark, although her best friend Allison’s increasing presence in the media spotlight threatens to expose Nancy’s secret. Meanwhile, Matt wants a baby, but Nancy isn’t so sure. Motherhood could end her career for good – and what will it do to her body?

My Thoughts–  I read the first one in the series a long time ago so I thought I would read the second. I found this read pretty easy read to be honest. This book is mainly about how Nancy will continue her career even during marriage. But, if you look at the larger picture, it is about how a woman (and a man come to find out), hide major secrets from their partners after marriage. It would be great to read on the beach somewhere or while we are stuck in lockdown. Again this is not one which I would tell you to run out and purchase but if you see it is worth getting.

Diary of a Jetsetting Call Girl By Tracy Quan 2/5 Stars

Plot– Can a (married) Manhattan call girl really holiday with a client? Seeing him morning, noon and night, coming up with new entertainments, and maintaining both a light tan and a ‘professional’ distance? Not to mention Milt’s Viagra habit. In a difficult economic climate a girl can’t always meet her quota, and Nancy’s worried about losing her edge.

My Thoughts- I decided to finish the series of books this month. I did not this was the best in the series as I think it is something which was so unbelievable. I doubt a call girl would actually go on holiday with a client no matter the offer. This was a easy read but I did not enjoy it as much as the other two books. This has been left on a cliff hanger so there could be more in the series. However, because it has been so long I don’t really see this happening now.

Going Ga Ga- Mel Giedroyc 3/5 Stars

Plot– With her TV career hitting the skids and her daughter’s nappy doing the same every two hours, her husband suddenly unemployed and the bank writing to her only in red, Mel needs to come up with a scheme, and fast: Move to a house they can’t afford, of course! Welcome to an endless cabaret of sleeplessness, removal men, sinister toddler groups, husband-stealing lodgers and competitive mums.

My Thoughts- This is a book which I enjoyed because I can relate to having become a new parent again. This is such an easy funny read. You have to laugh at elements which happen within the story. Again this was an easy read which is all I need right now. I think this is a book which you would enjoy more if you are already a parent.

American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History- Chris Kyle 4/5 Stars

Plot– From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. His fellow American warriors, whom he protected with deadly precision from rooftops and stealth positions during the Iraq War, called him “The Legend”. The enemy feared him so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle, who was tragically killed in 2013, writes honestly about the pain of war–including the deaths of two close SEAL teammates.

My Thoughts-  This is a book which Joe has been telling me to read for a very long time now. This is a book which I really actually enjoyed. Some of the elements where you like that can’t believe is true but knowing some of the stupid things our army does I can believe it. The book touches on all aspects of his life, so not only do we get all the gory war details and the hardships faced during war. Also the toll all the deployments had on his wife and family. It’s not sugar coated, he did not try to make himself look good, it was real. The letters from his wife especially toward the end broke my heart. I can imagine been in her situation.I would recommend this book more so if you have seen the film like we did a few years ago.

What books have you managed to read during lockdown?

Charlotte xxx


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