Thank goodness I built up a head of steam early on in the year. Took two months to get through A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. Its the story of a poor, Irish girl named Francie Nolan growing up in Brooklyn in the 19-teens and 1920s. Its a great piece of historical fiction portraying city life, poverty and the struggle of immigrant families in America in that time. Really liked it. 2 months ago
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I have changed my goal of reading a book a fortnight to a book a month, as with my slow reading speed and university assignments, reading the big books I have in a fortnight is just unrealistic. Maybe one day I will be a fast enough reader with good enough time management skills to read a book a fortnight, but for now I will try finishing a new book every month =] 4 months ago
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. LOVED it. So sad though. Although it sometimes showed me the worst side of myself in the main character. It smacked me right in the face and made me realize that sometimes I can blame others in my mind and don’t apologize as often as I should. 5 months ago
Language incredibly archaic and culture determinedly bucolic. A chewy read flavoured intensely with the extract of Romance. 5 months ago
If you get the version with the preface by the author, don’t read the preface: it gives the plot away.
Gripping enough that I ploughed through it in 3 days. 5 months ago
Every flake that ever fell,
every time it ‘snewwed’,
could not have passed unobserved,
By that pen by the windowsill.
Every person who spoke a word,
that touched the holder of that pen,
whether his skin or his soul,
was immortalised: who, what, where and when.
In short! an autobiography,
(of exceedingly great detail). 6 months ago
Really liked The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier. Fantastic historical fiction about a young Quaker woman immigrating to the American midwest from England and encountering runaway slaves on their journey north. I was disappointed to have it end! 6 months ago
This took a good 2 weeks to complete, being nearly 1000 pages long! But so worth it! I almost wished it were longer because there was so much more that could’ve been said.
I think the next book I read might have to be a bit lighthearted and shorter, because the effort this book took… phew! But again, worth it. :) 7 months ago
The Stone Bull. Old book, not a very good one. Couldn’t get it for my kindle so my mother loaned it to me. She loved it. Me, not so much. Girl tortured by living in her famous ballerina sister’s shadow, ends up unknowingly marrying the man who was infatuated with the sister and then having an affair with a man who also slept with her sister, gets to the bottom of a mystery of a death of a total stranger to “clear her sister’s name”. Too soap opera-like for me. Plus the writing style was awful. I didn’t like the Kitchen House and this author wrote in a similar style: “I don’t know what drew me down the path, but the next thing I knew…..”. So much like that. Give me a break. Is that supposed to build suspense? Meh. 7 months ago