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April 2023 Reading Round Up

Three full books, almost half another book and a couple of hundred pages of another; I will take it. The reading is going better than it has for months so that is a definite positive.

All books are works of fiction.

Book cover of Kate Thompson's The Little Wartime Library Book cover of Kristina McMorris' Sold On A Monday Book cover of Orlando Ortega-Medina's The Fitful Sleep Of Immigrants

Kate Thompson: The Little Wartime Library – When Bethnal Green Library was bombed during the Blitz, the remaining stock is moved to the unfinished Bethnal Green Underground Station which is being used to house East Enders safely away from the streets of London; we follow children’s librarian Clara and her friend Ruby as they help keep up the borough’s morale through the wonders of reading. This is a book big on community and looking at the small pockets of goodness that happened during the war, focusing of course on the value of reading, and while the reading may be important, the community is the best bit. Thompson’s use of language is also great – very British, very right for its time and location.

Kristina McMorris: Sold On A Monday – Ellis takes a posed photograph of two children with a sign beside them that states they are for sale; the family is poor but doing okay, however the photograph leads to the sign being taken literally. A book full of the ways 1930s newspapers worked, this is a delight to read (perhaps so long as you go in knowing it’ll focus on things from the angle of the newsroom rather than the children themselves).

Orlando Ortega-Medina: The Fitful Sleep Of Immigrants – Marc takes on a couple of cases that are the antithesis of the cases his company usually works on and finds himself with an obsessed client. Meanwhile his partner, Issac, receives letters to attend court for deportation over his earlier arrival in the US as an undocumented asylum seeker. A very satisfying thriller and book in general.

This coming month I’m hoping to finish These Violent Delights, maybe (hopefully) Voyager, and get started on a number of others.

What did you read this month?



May 1, 2023, 7:47 pm

The Kate Thompson book sounds wonderful!

My concentration has gotten better and I managed to read quite a few in April, including one you recommended ages ago: Dreamland by Nancy Bilyeau. I loved it!


May 2, 2023, 6:19 pm

Glad to hear your reading has gone better for you over the last month. In April I finished two lovely children’s books and carried over two more books to this month. My favourite read was Heidi by Johann Spyri.

Laurie C

May 3, 2023, 12:56 am

My reading is going great! Blogging, not so much. ;)
I read Sold on a Monday with a book group, and it made for a good discussion. The Little Wartime Library sounds great!



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