I’ve just finished The Mandibles, which was a book I hadn’t expected to like for some reason. However, it was amazing and I recommend that you read it right away. There are parts that made me rather anxious but perhaps that is just part of the story.
I’m watching the Election 2017 right now – I won’t comment on it here because whatever I write will be wrong, wrong, wrong by the time you read it. Instead, I thought I’d mention how nice the lavender outside St Paul’s Cathedral is looking.
The gardeners have been doing quite a bit of new planting. I’m sure it will look brilliant once it gets started.
A bit off topic but I’ve just read a super book, “Only Ever Yours” by Louise O’Neill. It was recommended by someone on Mumsnet – she did tell me that it makes The Handmaid’s Tale look like something out of Disney. It has a terrible title but basically it is fairly dark Sci Fi. Someone else said that we should all make our teenage daughters read it but I’m not certain that I would want my daughter to read something so unpleasant. In any case, she is three so we have a bit of time to go.
I’ve just read this book. I’d been put off it by the title but actually it was very good. It is a pretty easy read – I started it on Monday and finished it on Tuesday. I did find one review of it which said “This is the most disassociating book I’ve ever read. Try to read it all in one sitting — it will totally fuck with your head and make you forget how to be normal.” And I did rather see their point.
I’ve just read Crooked Heart, which was very good indeed. We’d agreed to read it for my book club and I’d been quite put off by the title – it sounds like some horrible “women’s genre” novel. However, the book itself was terrific and I recommend it. It is possible that the author didn’t get to choose the title and it was foisted upon her by her publisher.
I was rather inspired by the book recommendations given by KCS and went along to buy a few of the books. I ended up getting The Remains of the Day, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Great Expectations, Behind the Scenes at the Museum and Robinson Crusoe. Plus this terrific bag.
I’ve now finished Fatherland and have just made a start on All The Light We Cannot See.
Now that my son is halfway through the Planet Exis series (basically a set of Sci Fi books for young children), I’ve been looking out for some other things he might enjoy. I ended up getting a couple of recommendations on Mumsnet – Beast Quest and Dirty Bertie.
They don’t look very “worthy” but perhaps that doesn’t matter just yet.
Although, there was a thing in the Sunday Times about how the head of Kings College Wimbledon has banned books that he thinks are crappy from the school library and has put 300 books in each year 7 classroom. I had a google and they actually have a list of books that they recommend to the boys (aged between 11 and 13). Having a look through it, I am rather wreathed in shame – I thought I was well read but perhaps not as well read as these boys who have only just entered their teens. Perhaps I’ll start reading from that list. Just as soon as I finish Fatherland.