I set myself a reading challenge of 30 books this year, after failing to read my 40 books last year. I posted earlier in the year about the first five books I read, and here are my latest reads. I am currently 6 books behind on my target and as it is now September, I am not sure I will ever catch up!
This is the story of Emma and Dexter who were together for a day on their last day at university, and how they meet every year on the same day, over the next twenty years.
The Clock Winder by Anne Tyler
A strange tale of Elizabeth who becomes a handyman for Mrs Emerson and how she tangles with the large dysfunctional family.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Charlie is a naive freshman who is shy and introspective. We know something has happened to him in the past but we don't know what. He strikes up a friendship with Patrick and his step-sister Sam, and they guide him through his first year. Even though it is about teenagers, it isn't exclusively to be read by teenagers. I loved it, and the film with Emma Watson is good too.
Foreign Bodes by Cynthia Ozick
Bea Nightingale is on a mission to rescue her nephew who she doesn't know, forced on her by her estranged brother Marvin. Ozick's writing is beautiful, but I didn't really like the story.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
A brilliant novel about Patroclus and Achilles. After killing someone, Patroclus is forced to exit his family kingdom to live with Peleus. The two boys become great friends and later great lovers, and their bond is tested when they have to fight in the Trojan War.
Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver
Dellarobia who is trapped by her family life, is escaping when she sees that the forest is on fire. She returns and later discovers that the fire is actually a mass of butterflies. When the world takes an interest in this phenomenon and the scientists arrive, Della finds herself on an environmental mission which will change her life.
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
The earth has started to slow down. Each day is a little longer than the last. The story follows Julia and her town as they try to cope with the changes. There is friction between those who keep clock time (24 hour days) and those who keep real time - an ever stretching day.
Invisible by Cecily Paterson
Jazmine is deaf and her father is dead. She struggles to fit in at school - her mother likes to move area a lot. Jazmine mixes with some bad girls at first and they lead her to be involved with trashing the drama room. Whilst the bad girls are suspended from school, Jazmine is given a second chance.
The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
The second in the Maddaddam trilogy. I tried to read this last year but failed. This runs parallel to Oryx and Cratke and is the story of the God's Gardeners group and how they face the waterless flood.
The Lighthouse by Alison Moore
A quirky read about Futh whose mother leaves him and how everything he remembers about her affects his whole life. He keeps a silver lighthouse in his pocket which belonged to his mother and remembers the glass vial of perfume that used to be inside it. His obsession with his mother becomes his undoing.
I usually read a mix of real books and kindle books - I love the portability of the kindle, especially when you are on holiday and don't want to fill your suitcase with lots of heavy books. Amazon have reduced the price of their Kindle Fire from £129 to just £99! What have you been reading?
Love Mrs Jones x
Love Mrs Jones x