Monday, February 25, 2008

Bristol Story

This is the reading adventure book for bristol. gillions of free books are given away to encourage all of bristol to read the same book at the same time.. This year it was a purpose written cartoon all about the history of bristol
Very interesting and I learnt a LOT about my city. Clearly written for children but still very interesting.


Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Regeneration Trilogy - Pat Baker

is my choise for book club, which we haven't had yet so not sure what everyone else thought.

Not read any other books baout WW1 or any other war really so was really interesting to see how the 'boys' felt. Liked that it was linked to real events but not entirely.
thanks for the recommendation Sarah

10/10 (yes you have to read it too now!)

Saturday, February 16, 2008

The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards

Surprisingly good read, though mum was reluctant to recommend it - to me, anyway.
A very intimate observation of an American 1960s family who's lives are dogged (an understatement! Maybe crippled and wrecked is better.) by a tragedy and a secret. Lovely insight and often very touching. Made me cry at the end!


Thursday, February 14, 2008

A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon

Like his best seller, it's an easy read but still quite a disturbing one. The "Bother" seems to me to more than a spot for anyone and you wonder if any family could really cope with all the things that happen. There's a father having a break down, a mother having an affair and both children having non standard relationships. If that's what a wedding causes, maybe we should be glad of our situation!

The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw

This was my Book Club's book for this month. It's set in Malaysia and about the lives of a Johnny, a successful, but dubious business man and his wife, Snow. Their story is told from 3 people's point of view: Johnny and Snow's son looks back on their lives, Snow tells her story through diary entries and Peter Wormwood adds another side of the story as he looks back on his time with the couple. At times I felt parts of the story was missing or confusing, but then someone else would add more light to it. Not a must to read, but glad I read it.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Gulliver's Travels - Johnathon Swift

A good read, and all the way through I couldn't quite get over the fact that it was written (or first published) in 1726. Although some of the language and the style are dated, in general it just seems more modern.

The first two stories (the little people and the giants) were good to read in all their details, but what's intriguing then are the later travels which are more political and adult.

Took me quite a while to read, but glad I finished it.