What I’ve Read – June 2013

Fragments – Dan Wells

I started this straight after Partials. Which I didn’t talk about at all last month! I really enjoyed both the books and I’ll read the third but I did find the writing style dense. I needed time to think about what I’d read before I continued, so I got into the groove of reading it on the way to work but then not reading it for the rest of the day, like I needed the rest of the day to process but when I was reading it, I didn’t want it to stop. It’s not one that I’d give to a younger teenager but would recommend to an older one.

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant – Anne Tyler

I’m still not sure about Anne Tyler. The writing is great but nothing happens, no that’s not true, stuff happens but no one learns anything or changes. It’s a very observational style but I find it very frustrating, I want to see change. I was totally drawn into the story but by the end I was exasperated because Cody hadn’t grown up, Erza hadn’t manned up and Jenny was still empty. Everyone was stuck, I felt like I often do at the end of Checkov, just sad because no-one seemed to have any ability to move forward through the past and into creating a future.

The Boy Next Door – Irene Sabatini

This book has been sitting on my to be read shelf since I left Peabody nearly 3 years ago. Joe, my ex-boss, raved about it and said I’d really enjoy it but I never quite got around to it. However, this year I’m determined to get around to reading the books I own because it’s getting silly now, so I picked this up and was hooked, read it in two days, two days that I worked.

I don’t know how to describe it except to say that it’s about trying to have a relationship when life is happening and the country you live in, is falling apart.  It’s set in Zimbabwe and Lindiwe narrates the story of her relationship with the white boy next door and if I say anything else, I’ll end up telling you all about it. Go and read.

A Million Suns – Beth Revis

I need to stop reading Bookshelves of Doom. I’d read the first of this trilogy ages ago and didn’t enjoy it. Then Leila raved about the sequel and I put it off ’cause I didn’t really enjoy the first and so on. Then Shades of Earth came out and I found myself thinking about it and before you know it I was reading it. I enjoyed it much more and I was more interested in what was going on and what was happening. I liked that there weren’t easy answers, that the book addressed the issues about changing from the familiar if perhaps doomed way of life to the new (and possibly doomed) new chance. In fact I liked it so much I went straight onto the third book..

Shades of Earth – Beth Revis

I really enjoyed this. I had sort of worked out what was going on and really enjoyed it up until the smooshy ending. I loved that all through the first two books Amy had been all about her parents and how everything was going to be ok when they were awake and that she realised that her parents were human with human flaws and that they didn’t have all the answers. I’m really glad that I gave these books another shot.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman

The new Neil Gaiman, which I liked and read in a day. It wasn’t what I was expecting but not worse for that, it did feel like a children’s story (which I have absolutely no objection to) but I think it’s going to need rereading because I felt that I was missing something. It felt a bit thin but I think that maybe because I raced through it.  Worth reading though and L and H are reading it now.

Isolation – Dan Wells

This is a short story about one of the ‘Partials’ in the series by Dan Wells. See first book I read this month. It’s was interesting if you’ve read the other books. I’ve really got to stop reading books that come in series because now I have to wait for answers, which I hate (except in the case of Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell books, I know what’s going to happen and the wonder of it is that I know it’s going to break my heart as I’ve become very attached to her version of Cromwell!)

A Gambling Man – Jenny Uglow

I borrowed this from Ma and it’s been sitting on the ‘to be read’ shelf for a while. I’m not more than halfway through it but enjoying it so far. I don’t know loads about the Restoration and while I knew that Charles II was a bit (ok a lot) of a ladies man, I wasn’t aware that James II was although Pepys description of him as “in all things but his codpiece led by the nose by his wife” made me laugh out loud on the train this morning!

What have you been reading this month? Anything you’d recommend?

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