A Book A Week, For A Year

Week One | Book One

I used to be an avid reader, especially as a teen. Lots of Stephen King, Beautiful Girl, It’s Me God, Margaret, were all favourites.

Then as I got older, and busier, I read less and less, until probably only reading a handful of books in the past 10 years. So at the start of 2019 I decided I wanted to start the habit of reading again, especially as we get dumbed down by social media and it’s appalling spelling and grammar. If I see one more meme with your not you’re I’m going to scream!

So, at the start of 2019 I decided I wanted to start reading again, and thought it would be a great family challenge to read a book a week for the year. That’s only 52 books. I’m sure I can do that. I’ve also challenged Mr 13 to do the same, although I’m cutting him some slack and some weeks a school text book will suffice. It’s his first year at high school, so that needs to be factored in.

It’s now the end of week one, and I’ve finished book one – review one below;

Never Look Back by Lesley Pearse

The synopsis states – London 1842, and one good deed takes Matilda Jennings from the dirty backstreets of London to the bring lights of America…

I’m a fan of period novels, particularly those around the start of the 20th century, I find them fascinating, educational, and a reminder of how tough our forebears were.

This book certainly provides all of that, and more. The main character is feisty, strong, and well ahead of her time in her many ways.

I enjoyed the book on the most part and got three quarters of the way through the some 737 pages before I started thinking, it’s trying to be too much to too many. So much hardship, so many deaths, and a history lesson thrown in for good measure.

I’m not saying I didn’t like the book or the characters, I shed a few tears along the way when they died, but towards the end it was a bit like ‘here we go again’.

Would I recommend it? If you like period novels, with a fairly credible story line, that is a bit drawn out, then yes.


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