I’ve been voraciously reading lately. When not obsessing about shoes or envelopes or other such wedding-related things, there have been books. Here’s my reviews of books I’ve read in the past month:
The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
I think I’d built this up a bit too much. I spent a while looking at it before I decided I deserved a shiny new hardback in my life. It was good. I got more involved than I expected. Bit short, maybe.
The Old Man and the Sea – Hemingway
Hemingway makes me happy. I love this story. David read it! You should read it, too.
The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
I’ve been battling through this one for a while now. Not because it’s hard to read, it’s not, but maybe I wasn’t particularly invested. Something clicked nearer the end and I couldn’t put it down, but I’d like to read it again and concentrate. It reminded me of something else I’ve read, but I couldn’t tell you what. Annoyingly.
Instructions for a Heatwave – Maggie O’Farrell
I really enjoy Maggie O’Farrell. If you do too, you’ll love this. If you don’t I’m not sure. I just really get in to the descriptions and the relationships and the feel of it.
The Wedding Night – Sophie Kinsella
Good work, Sophie Kinsella. If you know me, you’ll know I love ‘good chic lit’. I mean, I consume it all regardless (and some of it’s really bad) but I rave about my favourites. Sophie Kinsella is a good egg and this was enjoyable – probably enhanced because of its relevance!
Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
Another one that’s taken a while. I’ve been reading it concurrently with The Remains of the Day but I got there eventually and loved it.
The Accidental Husband – Jane Green
Probably the most awful thing I’ve read in a very long time. I turned down pages of the particularly awful passages but failed to take pictures of them to share before I returned it to the library. There was no subtly. It’s all ‘they embraced, she was sad’. So. Bad. I tried to write in a similar style to illustrate my point, but my passages all seemed quite heartfelt.
Paper Towns – John Green
Picked out because it was written by the author of The Fault in our Stars which was amazing. This one was good – story stays with you and while it’s not always subtle (I think teenagers are hard though – maybe they aren’t written melodramatic to be unsubtle but because teenagers are melodramatic) it still draws you in. I’ve got more John Green on reserve.
I continue to consume books.