Monday, 1 January 2018

December Reading

Best month yet - six books read - thank you holidays!

So lets do a whistle-stop tour of the books I read in December...

BUT STOP PRESS before that, here's a little writing update...

My story, Lost Connection, about losing connection to the internet, is now live at Dear Damsels and you can read it via this link > Lost Connection

The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion
A few people have recommended this book over the past year, and I saw it whilst browsing in a bookshop so I decided to give it a chance. Don, a scientist, has never been on a second date, and that's a big problem because he wants a wife. He comes up with a long and complicated questionnaire to try and find the perfect woman but along comes Rosie who doesn't match any of Don's criteria. She causes chaos in his ordered world and Don doesn't know what to do. This was a quirky, quick read, and if you're looking for a twist on a romantic comedy then this would be the ideal book.

Nevada Days - Bernardo Atxaga (translated from Spanish by Margaret Jill Costa)
A writer and his family move to Nevada to research the Basque culture. This is a fictionalised account of Atxaga's writer in residence where there were strange encounters, mixed with dreams of the past. This book explores the way the way our experiences can shape our present and future. This book didn't pull me into the story but I did like the themes behind this book.

How to Build a Girl - Caitlin Moran
I've had this on my bookshelf for a while. So I'm definitely kicking myself for not reading this sooner as it is hilarious. This is a coming of age tale from a council estate in Wolverhampton all the way to working as a music journalist in London. Fuelled by 90s music, shouty parents and trying to live off dole money.

How to Stop Time - Matt Haig
So I originally purchased this as Christmas present for someone else but started reading it while wrapping up Christmas presents and erm, well, the person got a different present. Tom has been alive for centuries, having to change identity every 8 years so people don't notice that he isn't aging. He just wants to have a normal life but he can't seem to let go of the past. This is a bittersweet story about trying to find your purpose and letting yourself love, again.

A Field Guide to the North American Family - Garth Risk Hallberg
Told through photographs and interconnecting flash fictions, two families are put under the spotlight as they struggle to find the American dream. Affairs, deaths, wayward children - these families want to be seen as being the perfect family but events behind closed doors are starting to seep out into their public persona. I love the way the stories connected, and the way the reader could choose to read the stories in the order laid out by the author or by reading them via theme.

Scrappy Little Nobody - Anna Kendrick
I don't read ebooks as much as I used too but it was cold, I didn't fancy going to a book shop or waiting for a book to be delivered and I had nothing to read (a bit like when you look into your wardrobe and decide you have nothing to wear even though it's jammed pack with clothes) and this was plucked my interest. Nothing like ending the year with a book to make you snort out loud. Anna's mishaps in her life are really funny. You've been warned about the snorting!

Right, I'm off to pick out my top reads for 2017.

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