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October has been a bust for me health wise so this is my only LL post for the month.
Library books read this month:
87.This is How by M.J.Hyland (377 pages ) UK 2009
I read Hyland's previous novel Carry Me Down****, about a troubled boy, which was nominated for several literary prizes. I really enjoyed her psychological insights into human behaviour and wanted to read more by this author. This Is How is narrated by a man who inadvertently (so to speak) commits a crime and goes to prison. It's an odd story about a not entirely likable bloke, which I found interesting and well written, but am not certain that I actually enjoyed the experience. I suspect that the failure lies with me. I'm not very sympathetic toward young people (he's 22) who expect everything in life to go their way. Hyland does seem very good at portraying the loneliness of even hardened young men though. Other opinions on this book may help you decide if it's for you.
Jonita at The Book Chick reviewed This is How more fully here and featured it in a recent My Favourite Reads post here.
88.The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly***** by Jean-Dominique Bauby (157 pages) France 1997
Translated from the French. A true story told by a paralyzed writer and editor who could move only one eyelid after a massive stroke. A remarkable memoir that is touching and as life-affirming as it gets. Highly recommended.
91.Silver Birches**** by Adrian Plass (192 pages) UK
Actually Christian fiction, which I didn't know until after I'd read it. A group of young adults who knew each other as teenagers get together for a weekend. They look at how far they've come and how they've changed (or not) in their behaviour toward the world and each other. Well written and very interesting if you don't mind references to their commitment to Christ and Christian principles.
92.All in the Mind***** by Alastair Campbell (297 pages) UK
The best thing I've read in a month. My review here. I wept near the end and that's unusual for me. A very good story about a committed psychiatrist who tries very hard to help his patients. But when troubled himself, who can he go to when everyone thinks of him as the best in the business? A story I would read again, also unusual for me. Highly recommended.
93.A Short History of Women***+ by Kate Walbert (239 pages) US
I loved her previous novel, The Gardens of Kyoto***** and just had to read her new novel. A Short History of Women is a generational tale about five American women, which was good, but it is not my favourite kind of story.
94.Novel About My Wife***+ by Emily Perkins (279 pages) UK
95.An After-Dinner's Sleep***+ by Stanley Middleton (224 pages) UK
96.The Lace Reader***** by Brunonia Barry (390 pages) US 2006
Don't miss this one, good writing and a great story.
Library books read during the weekend read-a-thon, three of which are highly recommended:
98.After the Fire, a Still Small Voice****+ by Evie Wyld (397 pages)
99.Dancing Backwards***+ by Salley Vickers UK (261 pages)
100.In the Lake of the Woods***** by Tim O'Brien US (303 pages)
101.The Music Room****+ by William Fiennes UK (216 pages)
So, fewer posts from me for the time being, but each packed with good reading ideas and recommendations.
What did you pick up at the library this week that's got you excited?
All comments, questions, opinions, reading recommendations, or links to reviews are welcomed. I'd love to read them. No Spoilers though please.
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