At the start of the year I decided to try and read more books this year. And I think I have managed quite successfully! The late summer/autumn pile of books is sitting by the front dor awaiting a decision on what to do with them, and here it is...
I think when I last blogged about fiction, I was predicting more weeping (after 'Daughters of Mars' and 'Me Before You') with 'This Is How It Ends'. And so it turned out! I quite liked the book, though I remember feeling, as tear-jerkers go, that it wasn't as good as 'Me Before You'. Both had the same level of 'I-know-what's-going-to-happen' but I warmed more to the characters in Jojo Moyes's story.
That leaves another nine books to write about, which seems like a tall order, especially as I am trying to make blogging achievable again by spending no more than an hour at the keyboard . So I will simply rank them, in reverse order, with a tiny bit about them.
9. The Great Gatsby - I read this because I always felt I had missed out by not reading it when all my friends were doing it for A level way-back-when, and because Miss U-t-B was raving about the film and I felt I should know what it was all about.
I was charmed by the Barbier front cover, but not, alas, by the tale...Oops! What a philistine!
8.The Glassblower of Murano - I began reading this many months ago, wanting to escape to Venice in my imagination, but soon gave up, so had to start all over again. I still found it a bit of a chore but persevered as I had nothing else to read at the time! Rather predictable, I thought. And it didn't make up for the fact that I have never been to Venice!
7.Tigers in Red Weather - Loved the front cover, disappointed by the tale. Dysfunctional, privileged family with a bit of 'whodunnit' thrown in, if I remember rightly. Which I may not...
6. The Moment - Based on the premise that one moment can change your life I found this one a very strange mix of tedious and page-turning.
5. State of the Union - I have had this on my bookshelf for years and finally got round to reading it. I found it slow to get into, but once it had hooked me it was a real page-turner.
4.Instructions for a Heatwave - Another that took a while to get into, but once I did I really enjoyed it. Another story of a retired man who goes missing (I've done three of those this year!), I found the characters quite realistic.
3.In Her Shadow - A psychological drama, I found this gripping, even if rather unbelievable in the end.
2.Heartbreak Hotel - written by the author of 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' this was light and fluffy, but fun !
1.Wonder - A children's book, this is meant to be, but it was recommended to me by the lady in our local Waterstones. The Observer described it as 'Incredibly charming, brutal and brilliant' and I would agree! One of my top three of the nearly completed year!