For the Love of Books | Currently Reading September 2017

September’s seen in a drop in how much reading I’ve managed.
Just one finished, with one on the go and two waiting.
The novel I finished (on Kindle) was The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh.
Imagine a place populated by criminals – people plucked from their lives, with their memories altered, who’ve been granted new identities and a second chance. Welcome to The Blinds, a dusty town in rural Texas populated by misfits …
The plot was unsettling, as all the characters are not what they initially seem,
including the ‘good guys’, but it was still engaging and I wanted to find out what happened to them.
The Blinds doesn’t appear to be available in print in the UK until 2018,
 which is why I read it on an e-reader.
(the BBC’s North America Editor).  I heard Jon Sopel on the radio discussing this book and I knew it
would be one I would want to read.  Many of us (millions of us?) are currently fascinated by what’s happened in American politics over the last few years.  In this insightful portrait of American life and politics, the author sets out to answer our questions about a country that once stood for the grandest of dreams but which is now mired in a storm of political extremism, racial division and increasingly perverse beliefs.
 
Conclave by Robert Harris is set in Rome after the death of the Pope, with 118 Cardinals gathering
to elect a successor to lead the Roman Catholic Church.  This is one of the two I have waiting to be read and I’m hoping it will be as good as previous novels I’ve read by Harris (Fatherland 
and The Ghost to name two).   
 
Diary of a Wartime Affair by Doreen Bates is the second of the two books I have waiting to be read, and is the story of a long and, at times, complicated 
love affair with an older, married man.  Who also happened to be a work colleague. 
 The diary came to publication through the endeavours of Bates’s children and sister,
 and I’m curious to know how things worked out for her.

4 thoughts on “For the Love of Books | Currently Reading September 2017

  1. In a a wonderful coincidence, in two hours a taxi will arrive to take us to the airport to fly out to Rome for a long weekend so 'Conclave' is very appropriate. My husband has read this book and without wanting to offer any spoilers, be prepared to be surprised! If Only … sounds fascinating – every day we listen to the news and wonder how on earth it has come to this. I've just mentioned this to P and I suspect he will be scouring WHSmith at Stansted to get a copy!

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  2. The Sopel book in particular sounds fascinating, and I have put it on my Christmas wish list – so thank-you! I am hoping someone is going to write something insightful about what's happening over here, for your description seems to me so apt for both … You're a much better reader of fiction than I am.

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  3. Catching up today … thanks for book referrals. I read The Blinds.
    I think the book, “Conclave” sounds a good read. Trust me we get more than enough news about what is happening just south of us (col) & in true form, Their 45th continues to insult his neighbours & allies.

    Comparison done by our selves are others is a difficult one to deal with. When my feet hurt & the person in the bed beside me has lost their legs, I do feel bad & yes glad I still have my legs, but my feet still hurt. Sending you lots of positive energy Ruth; some days are harder to get through (oh yes I know), sending you a rope cyberlly (is that a word?) to help you hang on!

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