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
I’ve not been at all organised enough to schedule a Christmas post and a fair amount of running about then stuffing my face (plus enjoying several G&T’s) meant I could barely string a sentence together yesterday, let along switch my computer on to communicate with the world! So a day late…
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!
I hope that you all had lots of festive fun and spent time with the people you care about. I am perfectly delighted to be with family, surrounded by cats, home comforts and with no sensible plans at all except eating, watching movies and enjoying the luxury of lying in, in the morning with a good book and… with the prospect of a second present-opening round with my other-half back in London.
I received some lovely Christmas loot, including these book-related gifts:
My step-sisters chose me three books which they selected based on a combination of recommendations (The Yacoubian Building, by Alaa Al Aswany, Blindness, by Jose Scaramago), and a bit of blog-stalking (The Waves, by Virginia Woolf – a lovely Vintage copy). Makes me feel lucky that I’m not an only-child any longer!
Dad and C bought me some Waterstones credit (a perfect excuse to go on a book-binge), and Dad made me a beautiful bookmark, embellished with Jade which I will treasure.
Mum got a brilliant Amnesty Year Planner. Perfect for scribbling down those new year resolutions. 2011, here I come!
Did you get any books for Christmas?