NHS Blue Book Challenge

IMG-7270I’ve been challenged to read 5 blue cover books for the NHS Blue Book challenge. So throughout May I will be reading the following books:

Mythos’ by Stephen Fry
I had already started this book when I was asked to do the challenge but I will be including it as I was only half way through and it is VERY blue. This vivid retelling of Greek Mythology is just stunning and captivating. I keep getting lost in the pages as I discover new heroes, goddesses, monsters, lovers and more. I have always been interested in Greek Mythology so this is perfect for me. It is, however, quite a heavy read as you’re digesting so much information so it seems to be taking me a little longer to finish that usual.

‘The Flat Share’ by Beth O’Leary
I feel like, with every that is going on, I need a little bit of soft, romance. I wanted a lovely, warm read in this pile as everything feels really heavy and daunting right now. My wonderful boyfriend bought me this book a couple of weeks ago. We usually live together but chose to stay with our parents during social distancing as they need us; this means we haven’t seen each other in nearly 7 weeks (!!!) but he’s still looking after me from afar. Again, this was a blue book so I could add it to my TBR pile for May. I can’t wait to get stuck in with this one and how Tiffy and Leon’s relationship develops. I’ve seen a lot of people rave about this so I’m hoping I enjoy it. Definitely a snuggled up on a rainy Sunday read!

‘Hold Back the Tide’ by Melinda Salisbury 
Now, I received this book in my March Book Box Club and read it within a week of receiving it. I love Melinda’s books and had seen some of the promotional stuff for this. I also knew it was set in the Scottish highlands which I adore and have travelled around. I really loved this book and think it will stick with anyone who reads it. I recently joined in with the Clubhouse bookish chat about this book with Melinda and just loved talking about  how amazing this book is! After that chat I committed to a reread so I’ve added it back to my TBR pile – and it’s blue! This book is so dark and haunting and you can just get completely lost in it. Give it a read!

‘Thorn’ by Intisar Khanani
I’ve wanted this book for quite some time so I was so happy when it arrived in my April Book Box Club. The blue/greenish cover is beautiful and it is a retelling of the Grimm’s ‘The Goose Girl’ so I cannot wait to get reading this. It’s quite a thick book too so it’s something I can really get stuck into. I’m loving retellings at the minute so I’m very excited!

‘Seven Endless Forests’ by April Genevieve Tucholke 
I hadn’t heard much about this book when it arrived in my book subscription as it was a new release but I had read The Boneless Mercies and really enjoyed it. This is another retelling but this time it is King Arthur. This has such a dreamy blue cover and enticing plot – I know I’m going to love it!

The NHS book challenge is a small way to show our appreciation to the amazing people keeping this country going. They are putting everything on the line to keep people alive and no challenge or gesture will ever be enough- but it is a start. I will also be doing this challenge for all the key workers who are doing all they can to keep others safe and well. I will be making a donation to one of the NHS charities as well. Why not join in?



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