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The questions are:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
As always, clicking on the cover image will take you to the book’s Goodreads page.
1. What I’m reading at the moment
The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent
I requested this from NetGalley after seeing Yvo’s review and was delighted to be approved. As I expected, so far my experience of this book is very similar to Yvo’s – in other words, very positive. And it’s only 250 pages long which, after Outlander, is exactly what I needed 🙂
The blurb: Guylain Vignolles lives on the edge of existence. Working at a book pulping factory in a job he hates, he has but one pleasure in life …Sitting on the 6.27 train each day, Guylain recites aloud from pages he has saved from the jaws of his monstrous pulping machine. And it’s this release of words into the world that starts our hero on a journey that will finally bring meaning into his life. For one morning, Guylain discovers the diary of a lonely young woman: Julie. A woman who feels as lost in the world as he does. As he reads from these pages to a rapt audience, Guylain finds himself falling hopelessly in love with their enchanting author…
2. The last books I read
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Absolutely beautiful and brilliant. Get your hands on a copy. See if your library has it. Here’s my full review.
The blurb: Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their difference, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess.
But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
It is with a very heavy heart that I was unable to give a full thumbs up to this book. Don’t get me wrong, it has a lot of things going for it and I understand why so many readers love it. But I found myself unable to forgive it for what I saw as romanticised spousal abuse and homophobia. Here’s my full review.
The blurb: The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.
Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
3. What I’ll read next
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
My experiences of the first two books in this series have been mixed. If you haven’t seen them, here are my reviews for The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm. However, there’s been an upward trend in my ratings, so I have high hopes that JK will finally get in her stride with this one, particularly as the blurb promises us more Robin!
The blurb: When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.
Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.
With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…
Have you read/are reading any of these? What are you reading? Let me know! 🙂
And elsewhere on the blog…
Last week I made cherry cake. Simple sponge cake with red glacé cherries.
Claire Huston / Art and Soul