June TBR

The start of the month means its time for a new TBR. I didn’t get through as many books in May as I had anticipated partly due to King of the Crows being chunkier than I anticipated, and partly due to slow reading!

I’m determined this month to put my phone down more and read instead of falling into an internet rabbit hole. I had a few days without a phone last week (mine drowned and I need to wait for a new one to be delivered) and it felt good to be reading more.

This month I have on my TBR….

The Constant Rabbit by Jasper Fforde

England, 2020.

There are 1.2 million human-sized rabbits living in the UK.

They can walk, talk and drive cars, the result of an Inexplicable Anthropomorphising Event fifty-five years ago.
And a family of rabbits is about to move into Much Hemlock, a cosy little village where life revolves around summer fetes, jam-making, gossipy corner stores, and the oh-so-important Best Kept Village awards.

No sooner have the rabbits arrived than the villagers decide they must depart. But Mrs Constance Rabbit is made of sterner stuff, and her family are behind her. Unusually, so are their neighbours, long-time residents Peter Knox and his daughter Pippa, who soon find that you can be a friend to rabbits or humans, but not both.

With a blossoming romance, acute cultural differences, enforced rehoming to a MegaWarren in Wales, and the full power of the ruling United Kingdom Anti Rabbit Party against them, Peter and Pippa are about to question everything they’d ever thought about their friends, their nation, and their species.

It’ll take a rabbit to teach a human humanity . . .

I was lucky enough to be sent an ARC of this book from Hodder. I started reading it a couple of days ago and am already half way through. One of Fforde’s best books in years, and I always love his writing.

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved killings.

But when a local property developer shows up dead, ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ find themselves in the middle of their first live case.

The four friends, Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron, might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it’s too late?

I’m generally a little wary of TV personalities who decide to turn their hand to writing books but I got to read a sample of this earlier in the year and it was unexpectedly good. I was able to get an e-arc from Netgalley and I’m looking forward to being able to read the rest of the story.

The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper

As a successful social media journalist with half a million followers, seventeen-year-old Cal is used to sharing his life online. But when his pilot father is selected for a highly publicized NASA mission to Mars, Cal and his family relocate from Brooklyn to Houston and are thrust into a media circus.

Amidst the chaos, Cal meets sensitive and mysterious Leon, another “Astrokid,” and finds himself falling head over heels—fast. As the frenzy around the mission grows, so does their connection. But when secrets about the program are uncovered, Cal must find a way to reveal the truth without hurting the people who have become most important to him.

I found out about this book on another blogger’s twitter feed – I can’t remember who’s it was now but it sounded good so I went looking for it. I was thrilled to find it was available on Netgalley and I was approved for a copy. I love the sound of this book and it seems relevant somehow at the moment off the back of the successful SpaceX launch.