Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Books I Read in March

The Hourglass Factory (Lucy Ribchester)
Still Alice (Lisa Genova)
Station Eleven (Emily St. John Mandel)

Proof that you shouldn't choose a book based on its cover, I wanted to like The Hourglass Factory but when it came down to it I was bored throughout. Yes, I read to the end, but I did keep asking myself why I was bothering. Disappointing.

I read Still Alice in what was essentially one sitting, interrupted by sleep only because I knew that not sleeping would trash the weekend. Picking it up on Friday night I read enough to get me sucked into the story and first thing in the morning I grabbed it to finish off before starting my day. As someone who hugely values my own thoughts and cognitive abilities, I found the story troubling and thought-provoking. Unusually for me these days, I couldn't quite bear to part with it and so this book has been placed back on the shelves for another occasion. Since I can rarely resist the film of a book that I've read, a night with Julianne Moore might not be too far away...

Station Eleven is a real slow burner. It took some time and well over a third of the book for me to get into this, but over time it grew on me and I did make it to the end. Yet another post-apocalyptic novel, but different to the last. An interesting set of interwoven characters. If you have a bit of time, perhaps consider this one, but I wasn't too disappointed to reach the end.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Books I Read in December, January and February

The Girl with All the Gifts (Mike Carey)
The Minds Eye (Oliver Sacks)
Nothing Left to Lose (Kirsty Mossley)

I have read (start to end) just three books in three months. The most recent, The Girl with All the Gifts, barely squeezed into the end February (and only because I was too ill to do anything else). The Minds Eye was started sometime over the Christmas break and finished mid January. The third, Nothing Left to Lose, could have been anytime -- it was a free Kindle book and I used it as an experiment with the Kindle iOS app.

Two of the books I'd vaguely recommend if you're into that kind of thing. The Girl with All the Gifts joins an ever growing trend for post-apocalyptic novels but is fairly easy reading. The Minds Eye is by no means my favourite Sacks book, but it was interesting in parts for sure.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Books I read in September

Before We Met (Lucie Whitehouse)
Beautiful Oblivion (Jamie McGuire)
Beautiful Wedding (Jamie McGuire)

Monday, 1 September 2014

Books I Read in August

Beautiful Disaster (Jamie McGuire)
Ostrich (Matt Greene)
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (Karen Joy Fowler)
Walking Disaster (Jamie McGuire)
The Amazing Thing about the Way It Goes (Stephanie Pearl-McPhee)

Friday, 1 August 2014

Books I Read in July

Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn)
The Carrier (Sophie Hannah)
Eden Close (Anita Shreve)
The Red House (Mark Haddon)
Bridget Jones Mad About the Boy (Helen Fielding)

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Books I read in May

The Circle (Dave Eggers)
The Husband's Secret (Liane Moriarty)
Knitting Rules! (Stephanie Pearl-McPhee)
Sisterland (Curtis Sittenfeld)


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