It’s the first Sunday of the month, so time to post an update on the books that I read for the challenge in April.
I’ve managed to read another three for the challenge taking my total up to 17/53
A book published this year
Second Life by S. J. Watson
One of my most anticipated releases of the year as it’s by the author that wrote Before you go to sleep, which I loved. I found it a bit harder to settle to this one, but that may be more down to having so many other things that I needed to do, and that making me too restless to concentrate on reading. Once I did get into the book though, I really enjoyed it. It got quite gripping as the main character got deeper and deeper into a situation. I’m not sure what I thought of the ending. One the one hand it felt unfinished, but on the other hand, it was more like real life and I do like a book that doesn’t have an everything-sewn-up-nicely ending.
A book based on a true story
Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood
This is a fictionalised account of the four wives of Ernest Hemingway. I really like Hemingway’s books, and am lucky enough to have been to his house in Key West. Because of this, I wanted to know more about him and thought that this book sounded interesting. The author has taken the known facts and filled them in to make an interesting story. I really enjoyed it, and loved reading about the house as it was so easy to visualise the scenes there. Worth reading whether you’re a Hemingway fan or not.
A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet
Stonemouth by Iain Banks
Iain Banks is one of my favourite authors. His first book, The wasp factory, is in my all time top five favourites. I’ve read most of his books but I’ve been hoarding two of his contemporary fiction books plus a couple of his sci-fi novels, as I knew that once I’d read them, there wouldn’t be any more. Silly, I know, but there you are. I decided it was time to read some of them now, as two would be perfect for this challenge and I can always go and re-read The wasp factory (again) if I feel the need.
So, Stonemouth. It was brilliant. Set in a small town in Scotland, it starts with a young man returning home for a funeral. Due to something he did a few years before, he had to flee the town but is hopeful that he’ll be allowed back for the weekend. As the book continues, you find out why he was in so much trouble that he had to leave and the truth comes to light about that incident and a couple of others. The book is light-hearted in places, there’s the expected black humour, and some of it is more serious. It was a gripping and interesting read and I’m glad that I finally allowed myself to read it.
Linking up to Rachel for the challenge party.