I have just finished my latest read which was ‘Half Broke Horses’ by Jeanette Walls, it took me a monumental time to read as I started it while we were on vacation and every time a another book came into the library I wanted to read, I put done ‘Half Broke Horses’ to read the new book. The crazy reasoning behind this is that I own ‘Half Broke Horses’ and the books from the library are usually on a two week loan which is quite the deadline for this slow reader. The thing was, I kept starting new books and putting this one down, but a week later I would ditch the new read and carry on with ‘Horses. In this time, I started ‘The Library at Mount Char’ by Scott Hawkins which I gave up on because it was just too darn odd and violent for me. Odd I can easily deal with, I even like odd, but with violence, not so much. So back to ‘HBH’ I went. Then I started ‘Our Endless Numbered Days’ by Claire Fuller which I quite liked and I think I will go back to. I stopped reading this one because ‘All Together Now’ by Gillian Hornby came into the library and I wanted to read it because I really liked her previous book ‘The Hive’ which was hilarious. Unfortunately this new book did not catch my attention and I returned it to the library less than half read.
I know, why on earth am I writing a post about the books I half read, when surely I should be telling you about the books I actually read from one end to the other. Did I read any books from one end to the other? I am sure you are wondering!
I did make it all the way through ‘Half Broke Horses’ which was in turns historic, insightful, funny and moving. A great summer book.
The book which I brought into 2015 from 2014 was ‘The Martian’ by Andy Weir. I stormed through this book (which is not at all my reading style, I am normally more of a snail reader!), it is compelling from beginning to end. I read somewhere that it was scientifically researched and as accurate as possible from that point of view and honestly I did wonder how this would affect the book’s read. It only enhanced the story and flow of the book for me. I am looking forward to seeing the movie and as I was reading it I thought to myself that it would make a great film.
‘Ella and Otto and Russell and James’ by Emma Hooper is a character driven book and totally my kind of read, I loved all of the characters in the book and found it very thoughtful. A complete difference to ‘The Martian’, but in a good way. It has a lovely cover too!
Everyone was reading this book in the Spring, so I got it from the library with the dreaded two week deadline, ‘The Girl on the Train’ by Paula Hawkins. Probably one of the most popular books this year and one I read quite quickly (no choice there!), but I didn’t love. This is unusual for me, if I don’t completely love a book, it goes to the side to make way for the next one on the list and yes, I have a list! I didn’t hate it, but I really didn’t like any of the characters, they frankly got on my nerves! I liked that it was set in England and that was about it. So what magic did the author use to keep me reading? I don’t know, maybe peer pressure and the fact that everyone kept telling me how great it is. A touch of fear of missing out maybe? Not my favourite.
‘The Mirror World of Melody Black’ by Gavin Extence is completely my kind of book, great characters and a good story to hold them together. I loved Gavin Extence’s previous book ‘The Universe Versus Alex Woods’ which was such a great read. This new book did not disappoint and I would put it in the same boat at ‘The Rosie Project’ and ‘The Rosie Effect’ by Graeme Simsion both of which I also enjoyed. A little bit quirky with a big pinch of life and great people to read about.
The book which took me up to ‘Half Broke Horses’ was ‘The Gracekeepers’ by Kirsty Logan. I bought this one to take on holiday running the risk that I would not like it, but I did! Another quirky little number with a great combination of characters to love and to loath and plenty in between. Another gorgeous cover and a very imaginative story which flows beautifully. I left Gracekeepers in the cottage we stayed in on Cape Cod and I took ‘Horses to read. A reasonable deal I think, and hopefully lots of people have enjoyed ‘The Gracekeepers’ since I left it on the Cape.
Do you read lots of books or just a few? Speed-reader? I wish!
I must admit, I thought I had read way more than this in 2015, but when I looked back (yes, I write them in the diary), I realized that many books I was convinced I had read this year, I had actually read in 2014 or even 2013. Just shows what a terrible memory I have and why I have to write it all down!
Some of the books I want to read this year are ‘Church of Marvels’ by Leslie Parry (I am about to start this one), ‘The Illuminations’ by Andrew O’Hagan, ‘A Man came out of a Door in the Mountain’ by Adrianne Harun and ‘A Steady Running of the Hour’ by Justin Go. I wonder how many of these I will make it through.
Here are some other fab blogs to check out and see what they have been reading this year.