I did a bit better with my reading in February than I did last month, but I’m still finding it challenging to knuckle down and finish books instead of having several on the go at the same time.
I’d heard good things about Liane Moriarty and picked this up on a whim in a charity shop. I was glad when it turned out to be less “chick lit-ty” than I feared. It was an intelligently-written look at relationships, bullying and the damage that secrets can do. I loved the interview snippets from the supporting cast of school parents and although you know early on that there has been a murder, I didn’t guess the identities of the victim or the perpetrator. I wonder whether everyone relates to a different character (mine was Madeline)? I’ve since found out it’s been made into a star-studded TV series (my copy doesn’t have the photo cover). It would make a great book club book.
I was lucky enough to read a preview copy so I could interview the author for The Green Parent and have since been recommending it to all my pregnant friends. Whatever a positive birth means to you, this book will make you believe you can do it. It contains everything you might ever want to know about birth and is written in a relaxed, chatty style. I wish I had read it before I had my two children! It’s due out in March.
This wasn’t quite what I’d expected – I was hoping for a more practical step-by-step guide to decluttering, a sort of “KonMari with kids” – but it was an easy-to-read overview of minimalism as a whole with some focus on families with children. Is it even possible to be clutter-free with kids? You might need a bit of an extra push to actually get started on the toy cull, but at least you’ll know why it’s a good idea.
Also on the go