Mailbox Monday and What I’m Reading: 11/2/19

Happy Monday! Hope the week goes by at the speed you want it to. I received two books in the post this week and bought three. See below for what came to live with me…

How to Be Second Best by Jessica Dettmann arrived from Harper Collins. Apart from the delicious looking cover, it’s about Emma whose life changes when her husband has a child with someone else, leaves her and moves in down the street. Now it’s not about being the best wife and mum, but the best ex-wife and part-time mum. It’s heavy duty competition before she even has a moment to think for herself…

The Sparkle Pages by Meg Bignell (released 30th April) involves Susannah, legend of the viola. Except she hasn’t done that for ages because her life has become mundane. But this year, Susannah is determined to be very interesting and document it all in her diary. In between a husband, four kids and famous best friend, Susannah might even remember who she is. Thanks to Penguin for the prize.

We Must Be Brave by Frances Liardet is set in an English village during World War II. Ellen finds a child in an empty bus and takes her home. It changes Ellen’s view of the past and present but when the war ends, everyone realises that little Pamela was never theirs to keep…

The Party by Elizabeth Day is a fish out of water story. Martin is a scholarship student and he doesn’t fit in at his new school. Ben takes him under his wing and they become friends. But Martin knows Ben’s secret and as his 40th birthday approaches, Martin feels uneasy. Would Ben damage their friendship?

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is a memoir of J.D.’s life growing up as part of America’s white working class. It affects his family – abuse, trauma, poverty and alcoholism. How can you achieve the American dream when it’s already gone?

If you want to look at other books received this week across the globe, drop by the Mailbox Monday blog for links to everyone’s mailbox goodies.

It’s Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Book Date. Click on the pictures to read more about the books.

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