March has been a funny mix of reads on Novel Insights! I started the month with a crime-wave of sorts, but also randomly read some spooky short stories, a social commentary on Egypt and a Chilean novel. Here’s the summary, favourites first:
Lasting Damage, by Sophie Hannah
“…delivered a typically twisted finale.”
The Tooth, by Shirley Jackson
“…a brilliant bite-sized selection of unsettling moments and everyday horrors.”
The Yacoubian Building, by Alaa Al Aswany
“…vibrant characters and an engaging narrative.”
A Room Swept White, by Sophie Hannah
“…a couple of little frustrations for me… overall a cracking page-turner…”
The Private Life of Trees, by Alejandro Zambra
What were your favourite reads in March?
Posted in Book Thoughts
Tagged A Room Swept White, Alaa Al Aswany, Alejandro Zambra, Chilean Literature, Horror & Suspense, Lasting Damage, Shirley Jackson, Sophie Hannah, The Private Life of Trees, The Tooth, The Yacoubian Building, Thriller / Crime
Yesterday I was made a delightful last-minute diversion to see Savidge Reads after discovering that my trip up North for work would mean I was within spitting distance of Manchester. I was sad to have been unable to make it in time to go to John Rylands library – see how fabulous it looks:
Oh dear, I’ll suppose I’ll just have to go back and visit again!
Of course a trip to a book shop was in order, so we popped into Waterstones for a drink in the café.
Simon persuaded me that I should get the new Sophie Hannah book – Lasting Damage. I’m a bit off a devotee, having started out reading her short stories and going on to read every one of the Waterhouse & Zailer series. It was with very little difficulty that he overcame my grumbling about not having read A Room Swept White first by pointing out that the new hardback cost less than a paperback.
I was thoroughly impressed by the Penguin Mini-Moderns, and Shirley Jackson’s writing was recommended to me after my glowing review of Ludmilla Petrushevskaya’s short stories, so I also invested a modest £3 in the The Tooth.
And… what should happen today? I fell into my local second hand book shop and lo and behold a nearly-new copy of A Room Swept White was for sale for £2.50.
Have you made any serendipitous book purchases recently?