Well, this should really be my fortnight in books! I didn’t get around to writing a post last week for one reason and another so this post is last week and this week.
I finished the Fanny Blake book, With a Friend Like You. It was OK. A nice easy read – the sort of thing that is easy to dip in and out of and isn’t too challenging. I found some of the characters a little shallow and there wasn’t as much of certain strands of the story dealt with as I would have liked, but it was an easy read and was book number three of 2016 for me.
I was soon onto Lone Wold by Jodi Picoult. I’m not a huge fan of Jodi Picoult – I’ve read a couple of her books. One that I really loved, although I can’t recall the title now, and a couple where I didn’t finish them. I picked up Lone Wold in a rush at the library the week before last. I finished the book last night and again, it was OK. The ending was predictable but I liked the way the story weaved together the different viewpoints of a number of characters. There were times when it felt a bit heavy going and a lot of detail that didn’t really offer much to the story, I think the story could have been at least 100 pages shorter.
Anyhow, finishing that one means I am now on to The Help. This is a book that I have heard about (via the film) but I have literally NO idea what it’s about. When out at the charity shops last weekend I picked it up (along with some others) for 50p and I started it last night. I only managed to read a chapter as it was taking me a bit of time to get used to the writing style, and I was really sleepy. I’ve got high hopes for this one though.
As an aside – I love charity shops for books. Books that I read end up being passed on to my mum, then onto my cousin and auntie and then either more friends or back to the charity shops. I have had many a bargain from them and the Shelter shop we went into had all books at 50p. A bargain and I picked up four books to add to my reading pile. Another shop we went into was selling a book I was looking at for £2.50. That seemed a bit steep for my for a charity shop book. Maybe it’s just me but in the era when you can buy two new books for £6/£7 in the super market as well as cheap buys on kindle and other e-readers it seemed a bit expensive for a general fiction book.
Anyhow…. the children have been as busy as ever reading away and we made our trip to the library on Friday morning to return our last lot of library books and to collect some new ones. Miss E has got into a habit of reading the same handful of books at bedtime so these new library books were added to the bedroom reading pile to give Damian and I a change in what we are reading! They are very taken with the machines that you return the books into and Mr D in particular spends a fair amount of time looking at the various books on offer.
The children were both given a book whilst we were there which they can take on each visit and get a new sticker for. I’ve not had chance to read the book with them yet, but we will do ahead of our next visit.
We also had a quick stop in the charity shops on the way home and picked up some Thomas books (4 books for £1) and both the children have enjoyed reading these today. Miss E loves Thomas much as Mr D which is good for me as it means they’re both engaged in pretty similar stories.
I’m hoping that the coming week will see me make some good progress with The Help and the children and I will explore their new library books together over the coming days.
What’s on your current reading list?