This month, I read one book by a favourite author, Tracy Chevalier and four by new to me authors , all from recommendations from fellow bloggers and all that I loved, so a big thank you for this and please keep those recommendations coming in.
Oh and one that I could not finish, but had been on my to read list forever.
Tracy Chevalier- New Boy- A short novel retelling the story of Othello in a 1970’s school in Washington DC. Action takes part over just one school day. Nicely handled but I knew it would not end well.
Natalie- Fergie- The Sewing Machine- Lots of people have recommended this book and I thoroughly enjoyed it- One sewing machine, two families, three secrets told across four generations. Lovely.
Michael Robothan- The Other Wife- Another recommendation which came my way, and a new to me author. By golly it was a gripping thriller- what would you do if when visiting your father in hospital you were told his wife was there and you expected to see your Mum, instead of which there is a complete stranger who tells you she is his Other Wife?
Susanna Kearsley-Mariana- A novel I wouldn’t have chosen by looking at the cover alone, but one I requested from the library following a recommendation in Blog land. A lovely book- romance and reincarnation, and a heroine who is totally unfazed about time travel to her past and no Dr Who in sight. Just a fun read, really enjoyed it.
Rod Duncan- The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter- Another novel I would not have chosen without a recommendation from bloggers. Described as a “blend of steampunk alternative history” by Graham Joyce, not quite like anything I have ever read before. Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life as herself and as her brother because women cannot own their own business, we have mystery, circuses, and general skull duggery. Despite my misgivings, I thoroughly enjoyed the novel, which just goes to show that I shouldn’t judge a book from the blurb on the back either.
When we went round Armley Mill lurking in one of the outside buildings was this
train and this one
which seemed to fit in so nicely with my reading material.
And the book I didn’t finish-Virginia Woolf- Mrs Dalloway- I just couldn’t read this , so very boring but so beautifully written. I gave up. So there are now three authors I cannot read. Martin Amis, Henry James and Virgina Woolf, all of whom I know are loved and admired, just not by me, which must say a lot about me, which is not good.
So, has anyone got any recommendations for a good read this month please?