Continuing on from my ‘Podcasts I love‘ post and because making lists is fun, I spent today thinking about books I’ve really enjoyed recently. Stories that have stuck in my head, made me think, laugh or cry and want to shove the book in someone’s face and say *READ THIS NOW!
Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
Wow. This book is incredible. There were paragraphs and sentences that I read and then read again because they were so beautiful and philosophical. Britt-Marie is awkward and difficult and her style of narrative takes a while to get used to (I also think that if you’ve watched any Scandinavian films, you will be used to the tone and style of the dialogue – but if you haven’t don’t panic!)
About halfway through this book I put it down and didn’t read it for a few days. Why? Because I didn’t want to finish it so wanted to delay the ending. Beautiful, moving, uplifting, gentle and REAL. Read this book!
Runemarks by Joanne Harris
Maddy is such a great heroine, awkward and feisty, I just love her. I really enjoyed (and struggled occasionally) with getting my head around the Norse mythology but you just need to roll with the story and figure it out later. I laughed a lot reading this book, there’s a particularly lucky character who is so enjoyable to read. Can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
Trespass by Rose Tremain
Rose Tremain is one of my favourite authors. **Restoration and Music & Silence are two of my all time favourite books and I admire her ability to write about many periods of history and different locations without them seeming at all similar or ‘samey’.
Set in France, Trespass is dark and sad, a story of siblings, retribution, and shared history. The setting is beautiful yet filled with simmering pain. None of the characters are particularly likeable but you want to understand them anyway. Trespass is not an easy read at times, as it explores the darker parts of life and family in a beautiful raw way, however it’s a moving story.
Tell me what you’ve read lately. Oh and here is my Goodreads which I’m not very good at keeping up to date or organised. #librarianfail
*This cry is often accompanied by me saying “if you don’t like it we can’t be friends anymore”.
**There is also a film version of Restoration starring Robert Downey Jnr which sounds awful but is actually quite wonderful!