Vestafan - doing her best under pressure
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Hand to Mouth by Linda Tirado
Stuffocation by James Wallman
The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling
So far this month:
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Soul of Discretion by Susan Hill
Motive by Jonathan Kellerman
The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café by Alexander McCall Smith
Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin
Into the Woods by John Yorke
The Epic of Gilgamesh
The Outcast Dead by Elly Griffiths
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
This has been in progress for so long, I feel relief and a real sense of achievement having finished it. I think I've struggled with it as it's the book I was reading when the huge upheaval of family illness and bereavement began early this year. It isn't as hard going as Wolf Hall; I think the narrative is more focused and I think as a reader you've got to know the characters over the two books which makes this one a little more accessible.
The Sound of Broken Glass by Deborah Crombie
Abattoir Blues by Peter Robinson
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
The first two are good additions to crime series I like - the Flanagan is an intense read - the theme is the effect of war on men's lives, particularly the experience of Australian POWs set to work on the Burma railway. Some of these passages were very difficult to read, graphic in the extreme, but not exploitative. This was one read which benefitted from my aim to read more 'serious' works at 50 pages per day - I don't think I could have gone any faster.
The Facts of Life and Death by Belinda Bauer
Keep Your Friends Close by Paula Daly
The first of these is an excellent crime novel, conjuring up an atmosphere of unease and anxiety. Its the first I've read from this author and I will probably seek out some more.
The second is a gripping read which I raced through in double quick time. I had to go to an all day family social event while I was in the middle of this book and I couldn't wait to get back and finish it.
The Late Scholar by Jill Paton Walsh - the most recent of her authorised sequels to the Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane stories, and an enjoyable light read if you enjoyed the Sayers originals.
I've been slightly distracted by an impulse buy on my Kindle - Read All About It by Paul Cuddihy. It's one reader's account of his reading in one year. I always enjoy this type of book, as it deals with subjects only avid readers ponder on very much, such as if it's better to have a reading plan or to be completely spontaneous in choice of book, if a book should be finished at all costs even if it's a disappointment, and how to go about choosing books to take on holiday.
The only other book I've read this month is Unseen by Karin Slaughter. I visited my sisters in law and they have a dog that has form in the book-eating habit so I played safe with a library book.
I'm now treating myself to a shorter book and am thoroughly enjoying Just Kids by Patti Smith.
Disco for the Departed by Colin Cotterill
Someone Else's Skin by Sarah Hilary
Christ Stopped at Eboli by Carlo Levi
A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie
Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope
Bruno Chief of Police by Martin Walker
A Dangerous Place by Jacqueline Winspear
Orlando by Virginia Woolf
I haven't read A God in Every Stone - was it really good? Burnt Shadows was great.
The Woolf was one of the Penguin Great Ideas series and contained some interesting essays on literature and reading. The Lee Child book was the latest in his Jack Reacher series - not one of the better ones and with what I felt was some seriously gruesome content close to the end of the book. The Elly Griffiths book is the latest in her Ruth Galloway series. They are easy reads but I like the characters and am interested in how their lives develop.
I've got the latest of the Bill Slider books Hard Fall and will probably read it some time after Christmas. I think a new year's resolution will be to do some systematic reading of my VMCs.