So, I have a Reading List. Books that have been recommended to me. Mostly in response to a Facebook status a few months back when I realised that I hadn’t read a good book in a long long time. Other than baby sleep books!
So this is my original list and my progress:
- Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks —> read!
- The Secret History – Donna Tartt
- House Rules – Jodie Picoult —> reading at the moment
- The Last Song – Nicholas Sparks
- Minding Frankie – Maeve Binchy
- The Island – Victoria Hislop —> read!
- Room – Emma Donoghue —> read!
- Cutting For Stone – Abraham Verghese
- Perfume – Patrick Süskind
- The Little House – Virginia Lee Burton
- Tender Morsels – Margo Lanagan
- Ella Minnow Pea – Mark Dunn (I wanted to start with this one because I just love the title!)
- Skippy Dies – Paul Murray
- Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
- A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
Hmm, I felt I was doing well until I did this list… now my three – almost four – books look rather silly.
Mini- reviews, super quickly and super subjective, in the order that I read the books:
The Island – loved it 🙂
I felt like I knew the characters and wanted to keep on reading about their lives – I was quite disappointed when I got to the end of the story. I think I slowed my reading down as I realised I was nearing the end in order to make it last longer! That’s pretty telling. Interesting and believable storyline without being too cliche or predictable. Lovely setting.
Room – oh wow.
Seriously made me look at everyday life in a new light. But in a good way! I kept interrupting LOML to tell him what the characters were doing and how things were going for them. Just the right balance of tears (mostly happy) and laughter. Very very unusual, and I loved the first person perspective. I would definitely recommend it.
Birdsong – not a great fan
I liked that the book is written from two different perspectives, and jumps between two periods in history, and the storyline is good, but it just didn’t quite grab me personally. The descriptions were really very detailed and I’ve discovered that I don’t like that much! The author did lots of research, and I enjoyed the historical aspect of it a lot more than I enjoyed the actual story.
House Rules – still reading, but enjoying it so far.
The story is told by more than one character, and each chapter gives you a perspective from one of the characters, so that they overlap each other and the story moves forward. Me likey. Again, the author must have done a lot of hard work to get the facts – the story is about a family dealing with Aspergers… a topic that interests me anyway. I’ll keep you posted.
What are you reading at the moment?