Every so often I note down here the books I’ve read, so I don’t forget! I only read at bedtime: I’ve got into this state of mind because I can’t bear to read my books too quickly. Yes, I know, very silly, :crazy: but there we are.
Because they all come from charity shops or very cheaply from Amazon (1p – bliss) I don’t intend them to stay long in the house, and they go in the ‘out’ box for our next visit to Oxfam.
Along with Hub’s, of course … |-|
Atlas of Unknowns, Tania James
Random Harvest, James Hilton
The Standing Pool, Adam Thorpe (didn’t enjoy this as much as Ulverton, which I thought brilliant)
Siege of Krishnapur, J G Farrell
In a Free State, V S Naipaul
Funeral Games, Mary Renault (about the aftermath of the death of Alexander the Great)
Offshore, Penelope Fitzgerald
Knowledge of Angels, Jill Paton Walsh
An Awfully Big Adventure, Beryl Bainbridge (I know it’s well-known, but decided I didn’t like it much)
Such a long journey, Rohinton Mistry
Fasting, Feasting, Anita Desai
Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis (I dunno why I have avoided reading this for so many years, but thoroughly enjoyed it! Great writing and very funny)
A fine balance, also by Rohinton Mistry. This book sticks in my mind most, telling an Indian story from the view of underdogs. Funny and tragic, mesmerising.
And for my whodunnit fixes:
ALL the Montalbano books 8| (by Camilleri) apart from the last one – waiting for that to come down in price on Amazon! We came across Montalbano one night on the telly, and enjoyed it so much we thought we’d try the books, and we’ve loved those too. Montalbano is a Sicilian detective – a welcome break from western detective angst.
Also Patricia Cornwell’s latest, Port Mortuary – she’s back on form with this one.
Christine Falls, by Benjamin Black
Recalled to life, Reginald Hill. I have an odd relationship with Dalziel and Pascoe – I sort of like them as long as I can have a long break before I read another.
Light relief: Carry on Jeeves, P G Wodehouse
And one of my all-time favourites, to be read and savoured every so often: the Sword in the Stone from the Once and Future King by T H White.
I’m always interested in knowing which books you’re enjoying!