For the Love of Books | Currently Reading November 2017

My reading throughout November was something of a mixed bag.IMG_6476Love 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?

2 thoughts on “For the Love of Books | Currently Reading November 2017

  1. My November reading was thin as I forgot to make a list for winter reading. I just finished Origins, Dan Brown’s latest. (not a wow book for me). I’ll see if I can get Love & Other Consolation Prizes; thanks for the recommendations.

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  2. I read Pillars a long time ago and loved it. I’ve been reading some light fluffy Christmas books as with so much going on I can’t get into anything to deep at the moment! I’m also reading The Thread by Victoria Hislop which I’m enjoying.

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