What we read {March 2018}

I have always loved to read but have been sticking with a single genre, that over time has become predictable. The year started with me determined not only to read more but to also try new authors and subjects that I would normally avoid. This has been mostly successful, especially when you consider that I read more last month than I did throughout the whole of last year! The children and I have have discussed and shared what we have been reading with each other. It can be really hard to find something new to read, especially for tweens and teens. I thought it would be nice to record what we read and our thoughts on any standouts. Not only will it serve as a personal record for us but it may give you some ideas for your own family.

March 2018 book reviews

What we read {March 2018}

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

1464. Cousin is at war with cousin, as the houses of York and Lancaster tear themselves apart…

Elizabeth Woodville was a fascinating character and I found myself immediately drawn into this novel. Like many historical novels it covers a long time period and presents the story as fact. If you are the type who will be annoyed by inaccuracies and assumptions this is not the novel for you. However, if you simply want an engaging story this is a great read. The characters are compelling and the diabolical actions of some are understandable in the context of the time. Future novels in the sequence are told from different points of view which I think will be interesting to see. I haven’t seen the tv adaptation so cannot compare but will definitely read more in this set of books.

The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown

The number of women my brother Matthew killed, so far as i can reckon it, is one hundred and six…

Told from the perspective of Matthew Hopkins sister during the infamous witch trials of the 1600s this is a gripping read. The blurb on the cover calls it ‘terrifying’. I wouldn’t use that description myself. It is disturbing in parts but not frightening. It is uncomfortable to see how people react when they are threatened and how they might throw people under the proverbial bus to save themselves and those they love. Nevertheless you never lose sympathy with them. My only criticism would be the last paragraph which feels like a cliche but it doesn’t detract from an otherwise great read.

Friend request review

Friend Request by Laura Marshall

Louise Williams receives a friend request from Maria Weston. Only Maria died 25 years ago. Didn’t she?

What follows is a thrilling story, partly told in flashback. It shows how easy it is to get caught up in peer pressure and explores the dangers of comparing ourselves to others on social media. The mystery element is exciting and hard to guess the outcome. It is a very satisfying read. As soon as I finished  I gave this book to Bobbins to read because I felt that as a young teen the stories’ themes would resonate with her too. She hasn’t put it down yet!

I absolutely loved this book. I can guarantee that once you pick it up you will want to read it in one go.

My stand out favourite this month


The Group by Mary McCarthy

The Group follows eight graduates from the exclusive Vassar College as they find love and heartbreak, forge careers, gossip and party in 1930s Manhattan.

This is the latest book I am reading. Written in 1963, it’s frank discussion of motherhood, sex and marriage were scandalous for the time. Considered a modern classic, I have to be honest and say I am distinctly underwhelmed so far. Too many characters are introduced in the opening chapters. I found myself flicking backwards and forwards to remind myself who everyone was. So many brief introductions prevented me from investing in any of the characters. I rarely start a book that I don’t finish but it’s touch and go with this novel.

13 Days of Midnight by Leo Hunt

Luke’s just inherited 6 million…and 8 ghosts who want him dead

This is actually a library book that Junior got from school. It’s not often a book will engage Junior {age 13} but he was positively raving about this and even read it in favour of playing Fortnight! He has already asked for the sequels and persuaded me to read it too. After a slow first chapter I was hooked. Although the protagonist is a teenager it doesn’t feel like a novel aimed at children. I haven’t finished yet but will certainly get the sequels for Junior (and me)!

Have you or your children read any of these?

What are you reading at the moment?


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  1. 16th April 2018 / 7:51 AM

    What good reads. I need to make more time just to sit down and read a good book. The Friend Request sounds a good place to start!

    Thanks for sharing with #MMBC. Have a good week x

    • Louisa
      14th June 2018 / 6:28 PM

      It can be hard to find the time to sit down and read but I never regret it once I have

  2. 15th April 2018 / 11:26 PM

    I haven’t read any of these books but Friend Request sounds really great. #Readwithme

    • Louisa
      14th June 2018 / 6:15 PM

      It is well worth a try

  3. 10th April 2018 / 5:56 PM

    I found Friend’s request really addictive and couldn’t put down, love a good book X #mmbc

    • Louisa
      14th June 2018 / 6:16 PM

      Nor could I, did you expect the ending?

    • Louisa
      14th June 2018 / 6:17 PM

      It’s very good, I’m going to watch the tv adaptation and see how they compare

  4. 10th April 2018 / 1:51 PM

    These sound like great books but I do love the sound of Friend Request x

    • Louisa
      14th June 2018 / 6:18 PM

      I believe they are making it into a film as well

  5. 10th April 2018 / 12:21 PM

    I love trying out new authors and genres, keeps it interesting and it’s great to discover someone new that you love. These look like good reads, I’d read them all, and that Friend Request particularly appeals. I love it when the kids find books they adore, too. My daughter’s currently working her way through the Tom Gates books and is rarely spotted without one in her hand!

    • Louisa
      14th June 2018 / 6:26 PM

      I haven’t come across Tom Gates. I will search him out.

  6. 9th April 2018 / 8:47 PM

    I haven’t read any of these but I do like the sound of The Friend Request.


    • Louisa
      14th June 2018 / 6:18 PM

      You should give it a go

  7. 9th April 2018 / 4:49 PM

    I used to read a lot of Phillippa Gregory, but haven’t read one for a few years now, although got one waiting on the shelf. And I certainly like the sound of Friend Request #readwithme

    • Louisa
      14th June 2018 / 6:25 PM

      It’s the first one I’ve read in a while too. I’m glad I tried it out though

  8. 9th April 2018 / 4:14 PM

    Friend Request has been on my radar for a while, I’ll have to pick up a copy 🙂

    • Louisa
      14th June 2018 / 6:19 PM

      You won’t regret it!

  9. 9th April 2018 / 3:23 PM

    Oh My goodness so first, Philippa Gregory is one of my favorite Authors. I have been buying her books for years. Ironically though, the White Queen is not on my shelf but it’s on my Amazon wish list lol. I just love her books! Second, The Witchfinder’s Sister looks to be right up my alley and I am going to look into 13 Days of Midnight. Hopefully, I can get my tween interested in that one but if not, at least I will read it:) Great list of books! #MMBC

    • Louisa
      14th June 2018 / 6:23 PM

      Thank you Michelle. It can be hard to keep teens engaged with books but this certainly hit the spot. I love historical fictions. I know that they are based on fact but try to keep an open mind that they use their imagination to fill in the blanks and Philippa Gregory does it very successfully.

  10. 9th April 2018 / 1:38 PM

    I love the sound of Friend Request. I’ll be keeping my eye out for that one!

    • Louisa
      14th June 2018 / 6:21 PM

      I got my copy in Sainsburys, they have a surprisingly god selection!

  11. chantelle hazelden
    9th April 2018 / 11:05 AM

    Friend Request is on my TBR list!! Glad you enjoyed it. Nice diverse mix of books read this month. Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

    • Louisa
      14th June 2018 / 6:20 PM

      Thanks, I am trying to mix my genres a bit and try new things

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