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?
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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?
A weekly meme.
This weeks question:
It’s Thanksgiving in the U.S.A. today, so I know at least some of you are going to be as busy with turkey and family as I will be, so this week’s question is a simple one:
What books and authors are you particularly thankful for this year?
This year I’m thankful for Alan Bennett and his wonderful Uncommon Reader which was short but sweet and made me smile. I keep forgetting it’s fiction and keep thinking of the Queen as this lovely bookaholic lady.
A close second would be Neville Shute for A Town Like Alice which has a leading lady I really admired.
I was swept away by Wilkie Collins’ sensational Armadale which features possibly the best femme fatale ever written, and was shocked by Lloyd Jones’ Mister Pip which I finally got around to reading!
And finally for a bit of mystery and suspense, Sophie Hannah for her brilliant thrillers, A.A.Milne for a good old fashioned murder mystery and Tom Rob Smith for one of the most gripping books I’ve read this year.
What books and authors are you thankful for this year?