Well, this week has been a good ‘book week’ with one thing and another. I finished the book I was part way through last week, the Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton.
I really loved Lupton’s debut, Sister, from a few years ago and was excited to see she had this new book out and was lucky enough to get it for my birthday. I have to be honest and say I was a little disappointed with this book. The stand out bit I guess was the quote I shared last week, which I think is one that will stay with me for some time. However despite the wonderful writing and truly evocative descriptions it just didn’t do it for me and the ending was bordering on ridiculous.
I’ve since started With a Friend Like You by Fanny Blake, I’ve heard good things about this author so have high hopes. The two main characters, Beth and Megan are polar opposites but I find myself getting constantly confused as to who is who and which child they’re parent to. I don’t know why I’m getting myself so confused but I am finding it hard to keep track. It might be because my mind is often pre-occupied when I’m reading it with other things. Either way it is (so far) an interesting read and raises a few questions for may families I guess.
We popped to the library last week; shamefully we haven’t been for some time. I am hoping to get there fairly regularly once my supply of Christmas and birthday books are completed – making use of the library has always been a great way for me to discover new books. I picked up Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult for myself and the children came back with a mountain of books, Elmer stories mostly as well as some noisy books. I also selected them a couple of books on Doctors as part of our ‘people who help us’ theme and I’m pleased that Mr D has been really enthralled with these two books. I’ll write more about those later this week or so.
Finally, with one eye firmly on Miss E’s second birthday next month, I am thinking about some final gifts to get for her. There is a book called a First Book of Nature that I’ve had my eye on for some time. A friend emailed me yesterday saying she had picked this up for her two boys and that it is a real gem of a book, so I think that will be ordered this week too for Miss E (or me…)