I was in Cyprus last week so apologises for the lack of blog, and for the lack of book reviews. I have been a bit of a mess at the moment with balancing two jobs, the threat of redundancy from one and sorting out work experience in teaching. I am four months into the Susan Hill Challenge, although I have sort of cheated in buying some audio books, but they’re not made of paper so I don’t really count them. Two are read by Benedict Cumberbatch so I had to have them, especially after ‘Neverwhere’, and the other is the original BBC Series of ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’. I haven’t read as much as I would have hoped but, like I said, wee bit stressed. And when I’m stressed I like to watch Disney and sing unlike it stops hurting or my prince turns up. It’s never the second.
Here are the books I’ve read since An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin.
Them by Jon Ronson * * * *
This is a mesmerising examination of those labelled ‘extremists’. Ronson shows these individuals in a new light whilst remaining critical and provoking.
A Hundred Names by Celica Ahern * * *
An engaging story of the importance of the individual, it ticks all the chick lit boxes.
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres * * * *
This took me forever to get into but it was worth it, an emotional tale of love and family in a difficult time of war and poverty.
The Single Girls To Do List by Lindsey Kelk * * *
After the ‘heavy’ Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, this was a perfect fluff read; funny and charming, but predictable.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley * * * *
This is a remarkable novel when you take a moment to remember when it was written. It is scientifically fascinating as well as ethically and psychologically.
The Order of Harry Potter: Literary Skill in the Hogwarts Epic by Colin Manlove * *
The title fascinated me but the actual book was disappointing, there are some interesting takes on the HP saga but it just reiterates what happening in the books.
That’s a total of 13 books so far this year. Must try harder.