Eh up chucks, time for an update on my 50 books in 2013 challenge.
First up this month is Philip Norman’s Mick Jagger Biography. Harper Collins were kind enough to send me a copy to review, which is ace of them as I do love a good music biography. It says on the cover that it is the ‘Most ambitious and comprehensive Jagger biography to date’, and comprehensive it certainly is, it runs to 600 pages of small type, but Jagger is such a fascinating character that it manages to remain interesting throughout. The book is enjoyable both for his escapades, and the social history that Norman manages to seamlessly include. It is a journey through the decades, encapsulating Jagger’s role within the evolving world of music and beyond. A definite must read for those with a love of rock’n’roll- charming, witty and interesting. Much like the man himself. Would make a fabulous fathers day gift for a Stones fan!
Second this month I read the The Univited by Liz Jensen. An end of the world disaster meets sci-fi novel which sees children turning on those that they love, and a world that quickly starts to fall apart. The lead is an engaging character – a leading anthropologist and Aspergers sufferer, I found him fascinating. The plot is both chilling and gripping, and I hurtled through this book at a rate of knots. I loved it, right up until almost the end. I found the ending a little abrupt and under explained, and had to re-read the last few pages to clarify what was meant- which was a little irritating having been so enamoured all the way through. Still worthy of your time tho!
This might be a cheat, but the next book on my list is a re-read. I saw a tweet mentioning author Louise Voss, and it reminded me of her book To Be Someone, which I had read at least ten years ago, adored, lent out, and never seen again. I re-purchased it for kindle, and it is just as incredible on second reading. The novel centres round Helena, who is recovering from an awful accident, and she takes us on a musical journey through her life. From childhood, through her years as a rock star, right up to the present day. Each chapter is based around the song that reminds her of that period of her life, and you could actually listen along on spotify or some such if you wish. The tales of life in the early days of a band are very familiar to me – tour vans, and crap gigs, tho she becomes more successful than I dreamed of! There are stories of friendships, romance, disaster, loss and recovery. One of my favourite books EVER and I am glad I read it again.
Lastly The Rose Petal Beach by Dorothy Koomson. Koomson’s book often look like romance novels from the front, but believe me there is always something deeper, and often darker lurking inside. Her latest is no exception- Tamia Challey is horrified when her husband is arrested in front of her and her children. Even more horrified when she finds out what he is accused of, and who by. Things take an even worse turn when his accuser is murdered. Tamia discovers she has no idea who she can believe in anymore. This book is full of well written and rounded characters, it is a gripping read, and has a rewarding twist, that I barely saw coming. Fab.
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