Mailbox Monday and What I’m Reading: 22/4/19

Happy Easter if you’re celebrating! It was lovely to be able to take some time to relax and read, even though it was so cold! I also braved the shops on Easter Saturday and came away with three books (all to do with movies and television strangely) to add to the two received in the mail:

If You Could Go Anywhere by Paige Toon (released 1st May) arrived from Penguin. Angie wants to travel, but she’s barely left the Australian country town she lives in. She has to rely on the stories of others, until the death of her grandmother means she is free to leave. Now she is off to Italy to find the father she never knew…

I Built No Schools in Kenya by Kirsten Drysdale is a real-life story of a different experience in Africa. Kirsten (who Aussies will know from The Checkout) takes on a job as carer for an elderly man with dementia in Kenya, but the reality is different to the cushy job it sounds like. The family is fighting a war and Kirsten is spy and peacekeeper amongst toenail clipping. There’s also a real war happening and the discovery of long-lost family members. It sounds like fun.

Big Sky by Kate Atkinson (released 18th June) also arrived from Penguin. It’s a new Jackson Brodie novel, opening in the quiet seaside village where he now lives with/without his dog and teenage son. He’s currently working on an adultery case but running into a desperate man on a cliff leads him to a sinister network and people from his past.

Disobedience by Naomi Alderman is about Ronit, who left London for New York and transformed her life. But her father has died and she must go back home to her Orthodox Jewish suburb. Meeting her childhood girlfriend again sets her on a collision course with the community she thought she had left.

The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook is set in post-World War II Germany. Rachael is reunited with her husband who is in the British Army and organised a lovely home for them both. The only problem is that the previous owners still live there – a German widower and his daughter, making the atmosphere strained.

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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I don’t know! Some many lovely books…

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  1. I would love the Paige Toon novel Are you seeing her on her Australian Tour? I had contemplated seeing her in Sydney.

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