Sunday Selection

Yesterday I finished reading The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens. It seems as though I’ve been reading it for ages, but actually it took me 6 days, reading long chunks at a time. I liked parts of it more than others, but overall I think it’s too long and there’s too much sentimentality for my liking. I’m planning to write more about this book in a later post.

What to read next? There are so many I want to read right now, including these:

Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton. I recently finished A Dark and Twisted Tide, which I loved and I’m keen to read more of her books. This one is a standalone novel, described as a ‘dark and haunting thriller’. So many people have said they really like this book that at the moment it’s top of my list.

But there are other books too:

Enigma by Robert Harris, because I’ve recently been reading quite a lot about Bletchley Park and Alan Turing. Enigma is a novel, described as ‘ pure fiction but the historical background, Alan Turing’s famous wartime computing project that cracked the German U-boat communications code, is real and accurately portrayed.‘ I’ve enjoyed the other books by Harris that I’ve read, so think this should be good.

The Secret Lives of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd – she has written several novels, but I haven’t read any of them, so I don’t know what to expect. This one was her first. It’s set in South Carolina in 1964 telling the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. This book has had lots of praise too and looks a bit different from the books I’ve been reading recently.

But I’ve also recently borrowed these library books. I only went to collect two books I’d reserved but of course I had to look at the shelves and found some more books.

Mankell Oct 2015

The books I reserved are The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo and My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, both books recommended by other book bloggers.

I picked the other books whilst browsing the shelves. My eyes were drawn to A Treacherous Paradise by Henning Mankell who died this week, Fatal Inheritance by Catherine Shaw, both authors whose books I’ve read before, and two new-to-me authors, Martin Walker, the first in his Bruno, Chief of Police series, and The Woman Who Wouldn’t Die by Colin Cotterill.

Do let me know if you’ve read any of these books and if so did you like them?

7 thoughts on “Sunday Selection

  1. I haven’t read any except The Old Curiosity Shop eons ago… so long I can remember nothing about it. I did wonder about rereading it at some stage. Perhaps I’ll make an attempt at reading some Dickens next year. One of these days some of these reading plans I make might actually come to fruition…

    I too have not read anything by Sue Monk Kidd but I have The Invention of Wings to read for the – sadly neglected – Southern Lit challenge.


  2. Well, I’ve already recommended ‘Little Black Lies’ to you, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I also remember really enjoying ‘Enigma’, certainly a lot more than the film they made of it. I have to admit to not having read any of Mankell’s work. Should I try?


    1. Alex, I made a decision and began reading Little Black Lies last night – but I was so tired after watching my son and grandson exhausting themselves doing Cyclo-cross that I fell asleep reading.

      I’d try Mankell’s books, I enjoyed his first Wallender book, Faceless Killers a few years ago and have been meaning to read more ever since. Wallender is yet another detective to join the ranks of Rebus in my mind.


  3. You certainly have some terrific books there, Margaret! As it happens, I very much like both Walker’s series and Cotterill’s. You could do far, far worse than either of them, in my opinion.


  4. Let’s see–I’ve read Enigma (big fan of Robert Harris), Secret Life of Bees, and My Brilliant Friend, the last most recently. They’re all good, and all quite different from each other. I really need to reread Enigma–after watching Bletchley Circle and The Imitation Game, I think I would understand it more now. Parts of it I found pretty confusing, but it was my first exposure to the topic. Secret Life of Bees I read quite awhile ago, but loved the immersion into such a different world from my own.

    Looks like a good set of reading choices for you–enjoy!


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