Books I finished in July 2019

Books I finished in July 2019

I used to do a regular round-up of the books I finished every month, but I’ve really fallen out of the habit of writing/ blogging over the past 18 months. But I am back!

Without further ado, these are the books I finished in July 2019:

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The Forgotten Village by Lorna Cook

I bought this as a Kindle cheapie (at the time of writing this it’s 99p on Kindle or £2 for the paperback) because I fancied reading something easy which didn’t need much thought. The premise looked interesting – the mystery at the heart of a village requisitioned by the Army during World War Two, and the modern woman who decides to solve it – and I was glad I downloaded it on a whim. The present-day heroine, Melissa, was very likeable and I was really rooting for her relationship with Guy. In fact I found myself far more invested in the story than I expected and ended up reading up about real-life requisitioned villages. The resolution was suitably satisfying and I’d give it a solid four stars.

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The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

Another Kindle bargain, but this one wasn’t a gamble because I’m already a huge fan of Elly Griffiths and her Ruth Galloway series. The Stranger Diaries is a standalone thriller with well-observed characters, multiple narrators and plenty of red herrings along the way. I thought I’d cracked whodunit but at the denouement the real villain of the piece came rather out of left field and didn’t strike me as believable. Maybe I need to read it again forearmed with the knowledge. It’s a very atmospheric book and would probably suit a dark and stormy winter night more than a summer read. Recommended!

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Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult

I came across this one in a charity shop and picked it up somewhat against my better judgement – I either love or hate Jodi Picoult’s books (see Books I Finished in January 2017 for one I REALLY loved). This book had lots of twists and turns as it tackled rumours, lies, rape and witchcraft, and you aren’t always sure who you should be sympathising with. I guzzled it down but somehow it hasn’t really made that big an impact on me. Warning: don’t do what I did and read the last page early. Big mistake!

Also on the go (I have a terrible habit of reading too many books at once):

Interview with Emma Pickett, author of The Breast Book (The Green Parent)

Interview with Emma Pickett, author of The Breast Book (The Green Parent)

The Breast Book July 2019

The August/ September edition of The Green Parent magazine includes the latest in my series of interviews with parenting authors and experts.

I spoke to breastfeeding expert Emma Pickett about The Breast Book, which aims to help demystify breasts for nine- to 14-year-old girls and challenge some of the messages ingrained in society.

It’s very British to snigger about breasts and I’m asking young girls to start challenging society’s norms – Emma Pickett

You can read the feature here (PDF).

Don’t forget, you can get £5 off a subscription to The Green Parent when you use my code HHILES. More details here.

 

Interview with Dr Lawrence J Cohen, author of Playful Parenting (The Green Parent)

Interview with Dr Lawrence J Cohen, author of Playful Parenting (The Green Parent)

June 2019 cover

The June / July edition of The Green Parent magazine includes the latest in my series of interviews with parenting authors and experts.

I spoke to psychologist Dr Lawrence J Cohen about the importance of play in building strong relationships, boosting confidence and improving behaviour.

When we join children in their world of play, we unlock the door to their inner lives and meet them heart to heart.

You can read the feature here (PDF).

Don’t forget, you can get £5 off a subscription to The Green Parent when you use my code HHILES. More details here.

Interview with Alex Gregory, author of Dadventures (The Green Parent)

Interview with Alex Gregory, author of Dadventures (The Green Parent)

Alex Gregory March 2019 cover

The April / May edition of The Green Parent magazine includes the latest in my series of interviews with parenting authors and experts.

I spoke to Olympic gold medallist Alex Gregory MBE about the importance of adventures and easy ways to bring that spirit into day-to-day life.

Adventures are food for our children’s souls. They are where memories are made, where skills are learned and dreams evolve. But an adventure doesn’t have to be on the other side of the world in some remote location.

You can read the feature here (PDF).

Don’t forget, you can get £5 off a subscription to The Green Parent when you use my code HHILES. More details here.

Interview with Meagan Wilson, of Whole Family Rhythms (The Green Parent)

Interview with Meagan Wilson, of Whole Family Rhythms (The Green Parent)

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The February/ March edition of The Green Parent magazine includes the latest in my series of interviews with parenting authors and experts.

I spoke to Meagan Wilson, of Whole Family Rhythms, about the importance of rhythm in our family’s day to day lives and how celebrating seasonal festivals connects us with our wider community.

You can read the feature here (PDF).

Don’t forget, you can get £5 off a subscription to The Green Parent when you use my code HHILES. More details here.