Reading challenge: July

I struggled with my reading challenge this month, I’ve spent the evenings doing work instead of having my nose in a book so I thought I wouldn’t be able to manage 3 books this month…but I did!

  1. Elijah’s Mermaid by Essie Fox
    I was drawn to the cover of this book (I know you shouldn’t be!!) and it was honestly brilliant. I found it quite hard to read at first, there’s a lot of description and so you need to be fully awake to read it properly BUT the story is just amazing. It’s set in the 1800’s, there’s magic and mermaids, and murder and love and a crazy artist…it’s just great.
  2. The couple next door by Shari Lapena
    My sister bought this and then lent it me before she read it but I’d seen people tweeting about it on Twitter saying it was good…and it was, although I found some parts a bit unbelievable and all the characters seemed to be a little too entwined. It also scared me a bit as it’s about a little baby getting kidnapped, but still worth a read I think.
  3. The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne
    I’d actually started reading another book as my 3rd book of July but then this dropped into my lap, and oh my goodness it’s brilliant! I read this in 2 days, I couldn’t put it down, its such an interesting story and really gripping. I especially liked the narrative told from then and now.

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