A year in books – April

An English Mamma in Stockholm: a year in books reading lottie moggach kiss me first

I have to admit that I have not actually had the time to finish my book for March: Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids by Dr Laura Markham. What I have read though, I have enjoyed on the whole.

It has some really useful tips for calming down and diffusing difficult situations (speaking of which, have you seen this? It should be my new mantra), but in places it did have a tendency to get a little too much for me (there was so much about seeking counselling for your own childhood issues) and I found the assumption that you needed to be stopped from hitting your child(ren) a little offensive (but maybe that’s just because I am used to, and agree with, Sweden’s laws on this). Overall, it was worth reading though.

April’s book

So on to my book choice for April. I have a fair few books in Swedish in my “to read” pile but a) I think you’re probably not so interested in hearing about them and b) I doubt I could read a whole book in Swedish in a month.

A few weeks ago, I was listening to a podcast that featured an interview with Lottie Moggach about her first book, Kiss Me First.

Leila has never met Tess, but she now knows more about Tess than anyone in the world. She’s read all of her emails, researched her past and asked Tess for every detail about her friends and family.
Tess has never met Leila. But if she wants to slip away from the world unnoticed, she needs to trust Leila with her life.
At first, Leila finds it easy to assume Tess’s identity, and no one has any reason to distrust her. But as Leila is soon to discover, there is much more to a person than the facts and there are things about life you can learn only by living it . . .

I loved the premise of the book and so I reserved it at the library. Serendipitously,  I received an SMS yesterday that it was ready for collection. Perfect timing to be my book for April. I started it last night and it is gripping.

An English Mamma in Stockholm: a year in books reading lottie moggach kiss me first

I hope that that means that I will actually finish the book before the end of the month. It’s looking promising so far though.

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    • Oh, that’s good to know! The 12 or so pages that I’ve read so far have been great. So if they’re anything to go by, it’s going to be a fantastic read. (It seems I need to catch up on my podcast listening too!)


    • Yes, I did, I did. I sped through it – could not put it down. I have high hopes for May too, but mainly because I have chosen a short book!


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