Happy New Year! Bit late we know but we’ve given you enough time to sleep off your hangover. And what better way to start 2015 (albeit, a bit belated) than a peruse of our most popular posts of last year. Yes, 2014 is over and we can’t think of any better way to celebrate this New Year than living in the past and showing you our top five articles.
Kat read this autobiographical account by Virginia Howes – a Kent based midwife – back in August as part of her 52 in 52 challenge. At the time Kat was in training to become a midwife also and so this book served her well as it was engaging and informative as the author described the trials and tribulations of this highly important role played in lots of peoples lives.
Back in September, Jimmi took us on a nostalgic trip down childhood memory lane when the opportunity came up to go to see Robot Wars – the very popular robotic combat sport previously shown on the BBC – and relive the carnage that kept him tuning in every Friday evening. But once the TV show was cancelled, a live show was set up to keep metal shredded and sparks flying. It didn’t disappoint!
Another one of the 52 books, Gabriel’s Angel saw Kat delve into this interesting premise after she came by it by sheer luck. Gabriel has been hit by a car and rather than going to heaven, he becomes involved with a therapy group ran by angels that caters for people who are on the verge of passing into the afterlife. Characters include a murderer and their victim and also the woman who hit Gabriel. It set out to be a rather fascinating journey.
Body Double was book number 39 in Kat’s challenge (there is a pattern emerging here) and one of many by Tess Gerritsen that featured from the Rizzoli and Isles series. Full of murder, twists and turns, this had Kat gripped from cover to cover.
The very first Kat read back in January 2014 was Alexander McCall Smith’s The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency and nine months later, she read Tears of the Giraffe – it’s sequel. Although she felt it suffered from “sequel syndrome” where the previous installment came across as better, she did enjoy the vivid imagery of the charming African landscape; the creation of new and interesting plot lines and the easy pace that this detective story gave.