Shelf Life – October 2014

October (1)

Can you tell that I’ve discovered Canva? Anyhoo – my month of reading has included some crackers.

Now, I’m not going to stretch the friendship by boring you with all the details – I wrote blog posts about my two favourite books of the month – March and The Narrow Road to the Deep North. As for the other books I read, here’s a quick rundown.

I was disappointed with The Engagement by Chloe Hooper – I thought it lacked any real suspense, it was all fairly predictable, I also thought it was unbelievable, infuriating, and the ending was completely unsatisfying.

Dear Life by Alice Munro was further proof that short stories probably just aren’t my thing. I enjoyed them, but it wasn’t until the last three stories that I really found myself engaged. The reason I liked those so much was that she mentions that they are semi-autobiographical, so I felt like they had a larger context – anyway, my development into the world of short stories is a post for another day, but I feel like by not loving Munro, I have probably failed at life. Oh well…

Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple – loved this a lot. It was light and frothy, and nothing hugely substantial, but very enjoyable.

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta – not a bad YA fantasy, but certainly not the most gripping I have read – it’s one of those books that I probably won’t remember a thing about it 6 months, but it was enjoyable enough at the time.

To be honest, anything that came after The Narrow Road was always going to be a tough gig – it took me 5 days after finishing it to even open a book (and that turned out to be the Scarlet Letter – fail). I’ve just started The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri and I am really liking it so far, which is a huge relief as I was worried that I would never be able to love again…

That’s been my month – how has yours been?

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