My reading throughout November was something of a mixed bag.Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford: According to the author’s website, this story set “against a rich backdrop of post-Victorian vice, suffrage, and celebration … is an enchanting tale about innocence and devotion—in a world where everything, and everyone, is for sale“. Although the back story of the lead character is horrible, I loved this novel and found myself really rooting for a happy ending.
Turtles All The Way Down by John Green: The author writes about lead character Aza’s story with “shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.” I couldn’t decide if this was aimed at the YA market, but it was still an interesting, rather than enjoyable, read. Any novel that features mental health difficulties in a non-judgemental way gets my vote.
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett: The first in the trilogy that makes up the Kingsbridge series, this is an old favourite and a story that I have read several times. Ken Follett claims that this is his most popular novel. The cast of characters is huge, but each is drawn brilliantly; and who doesn’t love a female character or two who kick ass. You’ll also be amazed at how much you’ll learn about cathedral design and building. Pillars was dramatized a few years ago and starred a relative unknown young actor by the name of Eddie Redmayne. I’ll still be reading this as we move into December.
This Must Be The Place by Maggie O’Farrell: “Meet Daniel Sullivan, a man with a complicated life. A New Yorker living in the wilds of Ireland, he has children he never sees in California, a father he loathes in Brooklyn and a wife, Claudette, who is a reclusive ex-film star given to shooting at anyone who ventures up their driveway.” To be honest, I can’t decide if I enjoyed this or not. I found the switch between which character was telling the story, coupled with a timescale that jumped around, more than a little confusing at times. I picked this book up during a book browsing session in my local bookshop purely because of its cover design; a map and an aircraft.
What have you been reading this month?