Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A thousand splendid suns by Khaled Hosseini

Fantastic book..I enjoyed it even more than "The Kite Runner" and I gave that one 9/10. It's based around the lives of two women married to the same man in Afganistan and shows how bad life can be for women in that country. Life there is just a million miles away from our experiences here and we think we have it hard sometimes.

The baby in the mirror by Charles Ferneyhough

One of Sarah's claims to fame! I must confess that I thought this would have been easier to read, but it's aimed at people with more than a smattering of psychology knowledge I think. Lots of technical stuff but still an interesting read. Couldn't understand some of the illustrations...were they meant to be so blurry or did he use a cheap camera?
7/10 (but that's only because I'm not very clever)

Monday, July 28, 2008

Julius - Daphne du Maurier

Read this thinking, 'hmm it's not very spooky it's not really very DdM' and then like a Ian McEwen novel it came out of the blue and was proper scary.

So whilst the first 200 pages were an interesting story about a self made man in late 1800s in london, the last 100 are perfect DdM.


Sunday, July 20, 2008

chasing unicorns - Bella Pollen

Lue lent me this.. I think mainly I just liked the name of the author

written from 2 people's point of view, who swap each chapter. one is an american journalist and the other the dead brother of the main charactor in the book. centred around upper clas families, so I'm always giong to be happy but a bit of a daft ending!!


I capture the castle - dodie smith

Saw this for borders book club and thought about going.. didn't just read the book.

About a family who are very poor and rather eccentric. very gentle and not a huge amount happens.. but quite enjoyed it. written from the youngest (about 14) daughter's view point so there are big bits of the rest of the family you don't know what they are thinking.

nice though


Saturday, July 19, 2008

Second wind - Dick Francis

well at least I'm reading something... borrowed this from Alex for a light read in between playing shops with connie.

3/10 (and that's only because it was so quick to read)

Once upon a time in the North - Philip Pullman

enjoyed this short read. I actually read it ages ago, but forgot to post it here!


Thursday, July 10, 2008

Mum, can you lend me twenty quid? by Elizabeth Burton-Phillips

This is this month's book club read, otherwise I'm not sure if it's the sort of book I'd normally read. A true story from a local Reading lady about her twin sons who were both heroin addicts. One son died and the other one is no longer a user.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Redemption Falls by Joseph O'Connor

A natural sequel to Star Of The Seas, though barely linked to it. Interesting novel set in the the untamed territories of America just after the civil war. The same victorian style that makes it hard to read - not a quick read - but strong portrayal of characters and relationships make it worth reading.