The Bird’s Recently Read Books

I often ask around for recommendations of good books so thought I would share some of my recent favourite reads (in no particular order) with all my loyal followers (Okay, that’s like one person at the moment, but Im working on it. Mom – enjoy reading these books okay?)

 The Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
The Millennium Trilogy consists of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest – new age detective novels – couldnt put these down!

Room by Emma Donahue
Jack is five. He lives with his Ma. They live in a single, locked room. They don’t have the key. Jack and Ma are prisoners.

(A Joseph Fritzle-esque tale from the point of view of Jack, for anyone into those sorts of stories – very good…) ……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

The Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson
At only eighteen years of age, Poppy and Serena were the only witnesses to a tragic event. Amid heated public debate and scrutiny, the two glamorous teens were dubbed ‘The Ice Cream Girls’ by the press and forced to go their separate ways and to lead very different lives. Twenty years later, Poppy is keen to set the record straight about what really happened, while married mother-of-two Serena wants no one in her present to find out about her past. But some secrets will not stay buried – and if theirs is revealed, their lives will start to unravel all over again …

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The novel’s title is a quotation taken from the novel’s end, where Susie ponders her friends’ and family’s newfound strength after her death:
These were the lovely bones that had grown around my absence: the connections — sometimes tenuous, sometimes made at great cost, but often magnificent — that happened after I was gone. And I began to see things in a way that let me hold the world without me in it. The events my death brought were merely the bones of a body that would become whole at some unpredictable time in the future. The price of what I came to see as this miraculous lifeless body had been my life.

The Help by Kathryn Stockket
Enter a vanished and unjust world: Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Where black maids raise white children, but aren’t trusted not to steal the silver… There’s Aibileen, raising her seventeenth white child and nursing the hurt caused by her own son’s tragic death; Minny, whose cooking is nearly as sassy as her tongue; and white Miss Skeeter, home from College, who wants to know why her beloved maid has disappeared. Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny. No one would believe they’d be friends; fewer still would tolerate it. But as each woman finds the courage to cross boundaries, they come to depend and rely upon one another. Each is in a search of a truth. And together they have an extraordinary story to tell… (This will give you your daily dose of White-Guilt!)

The Lost Daughter by Diane Chamberlain
Would you live a lie to keep your child? In 1977, pregnant Genevieve Russell disappeared. Twenty years later, her remains are discovered and Timothy Gleason is charged with murder. But there is no sign of the unborn child. CeeCee Wilkes knows how Genevieve died – because she was there. She also knows what happened to the missing infant, because two decades ago CeeCee made the devastating choice to raise the baby as her own. Now Timothy Gleason is facing the death penalty, and CeeCee has another choice to make. Tell the truth and destroy her family. Or let an innocent man die to protect a lifetime of lies. For fans of Jodi Picoult, this is a must read.

Dead Until Dark: A True Blood Novel by Charlaine Harris
Okay, sorry, I know – my street cred just dropped to new levels of LOW – I just couldnt resist the light-hearted Vampire smut…

Watch this space for more recommendations in the future (Im overworking the Kindle big time!)


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