Reading Round Up – April 2010

An excellent reading month overall with no dreadful stinkers apart from one which wasn’t my usual genre at all, Living La Vida Loca by Belinda Jones – suffice to say I haven’t been a “chick” for a very long time and even when I was of an appropriate age, chick-lit did not appeal – just not my scene!

Highlights were the marvellous blueeyedboy by Joanne Harris and Still Alice by Lisa Genova - two very different novels but both gripped me equally.  It was a delight to be introduced to The Magic Toyshop, my first encounter with Angela Carter, thanks to Claire from Paperbackreader.  I also had my first experience of Sonya Hartnett via the very quirky and extremely enjoyable Thursday’s Child and if anyone can recommend any others by this author, I’m all ears! 

I had my second experiences of both Gemma Malley, The Resistance and Andrea Levy, The Long Song.  On reflection, I enjoyed The Resistance as much as The Declaration and The Long Song more than Small Island, the latter opinion being perhaps not the norm!



I’ve never been one to organise my To Be Read pile simply because I can change my mind very swiftly, being an “allegedly” typical Libran.  However, this month, I will attempt to read some of the Orange Prize shortlist, The White Woman on the Green Bicycle, The Lacuna and perhaps A Gate at the Stairs.  I also intend to read the two recent releases I have bought, House Rules by Jodi Picoult and Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey.  I have read and enjoyed most of Jodi Picoult’s books although sometimes I’ve found the moral dilemna/courtroom saga a tad formulaic.  I have heard such good things about Jasper Jones – I hope I’m not disappointed!

I’d love to hear any other opinions on the books I’ve read and/or intend to read plus any further recommendations re Sonya Hartnett would be extremely welcome.  Isn’t it so good to “meet” a writer for the first time and then to really want to get to know them better…

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  1. Nymeth says:

    I haven’t read any of the books you’re planning to get to this month, but I’m looking forward to your thoughts on the Orange short list!

  2. Iris says:

    I haven’t read any of these books either. I agree re: the chick-lit though, I have a hard time enjoying the genre. I’m also curious to hear what you think of the Orange Prize nominees, especially The White Woman on the Green Bicycle.

  3. stujallen says:

    looks like you had a great month ,jasper jones does seemed to have got good reviews every where all the best stu

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  5. I’m looking forward to your Orange shortlist thoughts, Teresa, and delighted to have introduced you to your first Carter novel.

  6. admin says:

    Ana, I’m not usually tempted by prizewinners etc but I do like the look of a few of these and they just happen to be on my shelves so fate would have it etc…

    Iris, Marian Keyes is a very funny writer of chick lit type of novels, a very funny, intelligent Irish lady so maybe I’m a bit biased?? I’m taking my time over The White Woman on the Green Bicycle – not that it’s a difficult read…more that the children are off school for a couple of days and also I’m taking more time to savour and think about what I’ve read recently. (God help my bookshelves if I go any slower!)

    Stu, Jasper Jones is looking very tempting indeed – let’s hope it doesn’t disappoint..

    Claire, I will have to fit in another Carter soon. Are you reading any of the Orange list yourself?

  7. Sandra says:

    Seems you chose well in April. I have blueeyedboy and Still Alice coming from the library so I’m glad you liked them. I thoroughly enjoyed Sonya Hartnett’s Of a Boy (What the Birds See in the US and Canada) and can recommend it highly. It’s the only one of her books I’ve found so far but I want to read more. The White Woman on the Green Bicycle is also on reserve for me at the library and I have read and enjoyed Lacuna. You’ve got some good reading ahead of you. Enjoy.

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