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Richard and Judy Spring Books 2014

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I’m always interested to see what Richard and Judy pick for their reads and here is the spring list

click on the picture above to view the original announcement!

I have already read three of the offerings for this season, Apple Tree Yard made my top 10 choices for 2013

click on the book covers for my review

Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty

Contemporary Fiction 5*'s
Contemporary Fiction
5*’s

Happily-married, middle-aged Yvonne has a random encounter with a complete stranger while she is on a formal visit to the Houses of Parliament. Within minutes of meeting him in the cafeteria there, she is having raw, passionate sex in a secluded corner of the ancient building WHSmith

and the other two were very close contenders

A Commonplace Killing by Sian Busby

Historical Crime 5*'s
Historical Crime
5*’s

A Commonplace Killing is exactly that – a grubby, tawdry sex murder committed in immediate post-war London. The author wonderfully re-creates the shabbiness, bombed-out, rationed-to-the-hilt atmosphere of the shattered capital and the grey, pinched lives of those who had survived Hitler’s war WHSmith

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Contemporary Fiction 5*'s
Contemporary Fiction
5*’s

Laugh-out-loud funny, this brilliant, witty, and beguiling story. Don Tillman, a scientist and geneticist, has rampant Asperger’s Syndrome – but he doesn’t know it WHSmith

Two of Richard and Judy’s choices had already made it to my TBR

Longbourn by Jo Baker

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Jo Baker writes utterly convincingly about the lives of servants labouring in the Longbourn of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice WHSmith

and Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfield which has received some good reviews from fellow bloggers

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It’s an eerie tale of identical twin sisters who share a hidden gift. They are psychic, but one has chosen to bury her powers to lead a normal family life. The other is single and works as a medium. One day she predicts a violent earthquake in Missouri, where they live. Is she right? What does this mean for their lives? WHSmith

I’m off to take a closer look at The Never List by Koethi Zan

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Two young women are kidnapped and imprisoned in a cellar for years by a psychopathic psychiatrist who uses them, and his other victims, for sadistic experiments…WHSmith

What are your thoughts on these choices for spring 2014?

Posted in Book Review, Books I have read, Five Star Reads

The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion

Contemporary Fiction 5*'s
Contemporary Fiction
5*’s

The Rosie Project takes is a book full of comedy. Don Tillman, a Geneticist, has Asperger Syndrome but doesn’t realise it; cue many funny situations starting with him delivering a talk for his friend Gene. Don decides he’d like a girlfriend and after failing to come up with a solution to finding the perfect woman, hits upon the idea of producing a survey to weed out incompatible women. During the project he meets Rosie. Rosie fails to pass the survey but despite this he decides to help her in a quest of her own. The Wife Project is put aside to help Rosie.

Both Don and Rosie are lovely characters and there are plenty of laughs throughout the book as Rosie takes Don out of his comfort zone. This is a light-hearted read which is vastly different to my usual reading matter but I’m so glad I chose it as what I found was a funny, original and uplifting read. Although there is an element of romance I think this book will appeal to both men and women as the well-executed humour provides the foundation to this tale.

I’m sure it won’t be too long before Graeme Simsion’s debut novel is turned into a screenplay.

I received a copy of this book to review from Amazon Vine.