Saturday, 4 July 2015

The Year in Books | July 2015


First up was The Piano Teacher by Janice Y K Lee, a book group read.  I have to say I remained fairly neutral about this book, and am not sure whether I liked it or not.  As far as I was concerned it was a bit of a strange book in that, in my opinion, I couldn't really see the need for the eponymous character!  The book group only gave it a 6 out of 10.

The other book group read was A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.  I loved this and just didn't want it to end. It was a bit of a slow starter but if you do decide to read it, stick with it.  It picks up after the first few chapters and I guarantee that it's worth the initial effort.

I also read The Telling Error by Sophie Hannah, another one I remained fairly neutral about.  I usually enjoy her books but in this one I found the main character rather irritating and some aspects of the storyline a bit sordid.
 
I started reading The Way Inn by Will Wiles, but didn't finish it and I'm not sure I will.  It was a bit boring!
 
So all in all, and with the exception of a Man Called Ove, not a good month on the reading front.  I hope this month is better.  I'll be reading:
  • No Safe House by Linwood Barclay,
  • Olive Kittering by Elizabeth Strout, and
  • Time for Rain, Tan Twan Eng

Linking with Circle of Pine Trees.

8 comments:

  1. I also thoroughly enjoyed A Man Called Ove. I think I know him (lol).

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  2. Glad it's not me that's had a recent slump in the reading department. All seems to have been restored so far in July and long may it continue. I have read two or three Sophie Hannah novels. I'm not a huge fan which is a shame as she went to school with my sister in law and have many memories of her visiting at my in laws as a teenager.

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  3. I loved a Man called Ove too! Like you it took me a while to get going with it but then I was hooked and was sorry when it ended! Haven't had that response to a book for quite a while! Have you read The Language of Flowers? It is my favourite book of the last couple of years.

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    1. No, not yet but it's on my list to read.

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  4. Ive been thinking about 'A Man Called Ove', seen many reviews, mostly positive, so after reading yours, I think I'll give it a go. Yet another for the waiting to be read bookcase....

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  5. I read Olive Kittering; it was interesting. I haven't read any of the others you listed. I finished the Reluctant Midwife (can't remember the author right now) but enjoyed that. Currently reading GI Brides which is also interesting.

    betty

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  6. I don't know any of the four authors you write about, although Sophie Hannah does trigger a faint memory. Sordid doesn't sound inviting. I know I have read the Linwood Barclay book but I cannot remember what it was about.... looking forward to a reminder next month. Happy reading. x

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  7. These are all unknown books to me Eileen, I will look out for A Man called Ove but give the others a miss! I hope this months list is more to your liking.

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