Monday, 17 March 2014

I like reading

 One of my new years resolutions was to keep track of all the books I read, I know I have a few that I've not managed to take pictures of but this is my list so far.

 Never let me go by Kazuo Ishiguro was my book this year, my dad gave it to me as a Christmas present. It's a very Margaret Atwoodesque, dystopian story that starts out seeming like a normal reminiscence on teenage boarding school life. It was very absorbing and completely different to other Ishiguro novels I've read. I haven't seen the film and I think I'd have to be in a particular frame of mind to enjoy it, but I would like to see it. It's quite a haunting book.

Kate Atkinson is my favourite author and I'd been badgering the people who work in my local bookshop about it's paperback release date since last year. I actually borrowed a copy from the library to read as I couldn't wait but I have just reread my own version. This is such an interesting book about a woman's life replayed and replayed, each life is not necessarily better than the time before but differs slightly. It's a really intriguing read.
This is one of Jacqueline Wilson's more teenage books, I really liked her books as a child and teenager and will still occasionally buy one of newer books if I see them in charity shops. I'm not very keen on this one. All of her books have an issue, something that's not quite average in the main character's life. In Love lessons the two sisters have a very controlling father and are home schooled, when the father has a stroke the girls go to their local comp- so far fine- however the older sister develops a crush on her art teacher which is reciprocated. This is not great. It should never be implied that a child (she is 14) having a romantic relationship with an adult is OK or desirable.
 This is slightly cheating as this is an audio book (a rather dusty one, sorry!) however it is the unabridged version so it's still the full story. I'm going quite slowly with this as each CD is well over an hour long and I tend to listen to audio books before bed. It's really sad at the moment, full of dead family members and people blaming each other. I hope it gets cheerier!

What've you been reading lately? Do you have any recommendations for me?

1 comment:

  1. Oh I'm interested in those first two ... must add them to my reading list and I've never listened to an audio book before ... I must give it a go ... I'm just read The Night Rainbow ... it was okay bit not wonderful and I am just starting on The Book Thief ... Bee xx