Mailbox Monday and What I’m Reading: Christmas edition 30/12/19

The festivities are almost over and things will return to normal eating, sleeping and socialising hours soon. Here’s what I received for Christmas, loads of good reads:

Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams is an interesting story of a potential romance played out through ads in the newspaper – Daniel notices Nadia on the train and sends in an ad. She replies and it starts going back and forth, but will they ever meet?

Doxology by Nell Zink is about the worst band in New York in the nineties and the things that set them off course – a baby and a hit single. Then 9/11 occurs, the baby grows up and politics and activism change.

Really? by Jeremy Clarkson is a new collection of columns about cars, muesli, dishwasher review readers and (lack of) meeting outcomes.

Kitty Flanagan’s 488 Rules for Life are the rules for everyone else and their behaviours. How not to ruin a fruit salad, etiquette for what you shouldn’t reheat in a communal office microwave and perfume levels on public transport are just some of the items covered.

The Stranger by Kate Riordan is set in England during the second world war. It’s now time for Penhallow Hall to open its doors to strangers. It’s not easy to live together, but the secrets revealed mean trouble…

Michael Palin’s North Korea Journal is a diary of his time spent in the country for a two-part documentary. There are also quite a few photographs.

The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley is the first book in series about a group of adopted sisters. When their father dies, he leaves behind a clue to each woman’s heritage. For Maia, she ends up in Brazil with a mystery from the 1920s and a broken family.

American Royals by Katharine McGee not also has bright pink page edges but an interesting story of the Washingtons, America’s ruling family. They have the most glorious court, but behind the public façade there are scandals and secret romances.

Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham is the story of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. It brings together interviews, reports and recently declassified documents to describe the event.

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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  1. There is quite a varied genre of books this week. Some will have you laughing while others will be very serious. Enjoy reading them all.

  2. I always look forward to getting back to ordinary after the big Christmas/New Year break! Hope you enjoy The Seven Sisters, in actual fact the book I have liked the most in this series so far is the one set in Australia, she spins a good tale.

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