Rare Birds Book Club: April 2019

I enjoyed my 4th Rare Birds book, “Don’t You Forget About Me” and it looks like other members did too. Scrolling through the online book club, it was interesting to find that other readers are also a little wary going into rom-coms and chick-lit. I wonder why we feel that way? Are we afraid that they’re going to be full of eye-rolling cliches? Is it that they’re usually so unrealistic that we can’t relate to them? I’m not sure!

It feels like time is flying by this year and I can’t believe that we’re already in April and it’s time for another Rare Birds Book Club book!


I unwrapped April’s package to find a Kate Atkinson book and immediately worried as I’ve had two of her books on my shelf for some time and haven’t been inclined to pick them up yet.

The book is “Transcription” and actually, in hindsight, this looks like a story I’m really going to enjoy. It’s historical fiction again, the third I’ve received from the Rare Birds so far, and again set during World War 2, but this one is described as a spy thriller, like solving a puzzle without all of the pieces.

In 1940, teenage Juliet Armstrong is sent to MI5 to monitor British Fascist sympathizers. Ten years later Juliet is working at the BBC as a radio produced when she is unexpectedly confronted by her past through a series of anonymous notes.

Promising twists and turns that you won’t see coming, this book sounds right up my street and hopefully giving it a read will encourage me to get started on the other Kate Atkinson books I’ve been keeping hold of for so long! Keep your eyes peeled for a review in the coming weeks! (update: see my review here)

Have you tried any book subscription services? Let me know what you thought of them in the comments!


2 thoughts on “Rare Birds Book Club: April 2019

  1. I haven’t tried a book subscription box as of yet, but I have read Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, which I liked and disliked, and it took me a while to get through. I started her follow up to that book, A God In Ruins, and it’s been in Time Out for a while, a current DNF, but maybe I’ll get back to it. I look forward to hearing what you think of Transcription.


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