I’m a bit late this week – sorry! I was so focused on finishing my book on Wednesday (which I did!) that I forgot to blog, and though I started to yesterday I wasn’t feeling well and ended up sleeping instead. So without further ado, let’s get to it!
My lovely friend Martha sent me Lola for my birthday, and I read it as soon as it arrived. I loved the premise of this book, and it had so much promise. The first few chapters had me totally hooked. But it didn’t quite manage to live up to its own potential for me, and though it was an enjoyable read, the writing could have been better. But if you’re looking for something light to read on the beach, you could definitely do worse!
The Lie of the Land is the newest book by the author of Hearts and Minds, which is one of my favourite books. I absolutely adored this. It had so much depth, a whole host of characters I came to care about, no small amount of intrigue, and managed to encompass pretty much every social issue without taking away from the plot. Loved it, highly recommend.
I’m still hoping I’ll eventually finish The Elegance of the Hedgehog, but the few chapters I’ve read since last week didn’t leave me feeling any more inspired to do so than I was a week ago.
The Bookshop is another one that’s been on my shelves for aaaaaaages, and I just randomly decided I was curious to find out what it was about and since it was short, well, why not? I’m nearly finished, and it’s okay, but not excellent so far. Quaint, bookish, British (all pluses) but some of the terminology I don’t get either because of the time period or the place, it’s a little rushed in places and drags in others, and I don’t feel overly connected to the characters. But it’s an easy read, and like I said, short.
I’m not really sure what I will pick up next – I’ve kind of just been perusing my shelves whenever I finish a book and picking up whatever feels good at the time. But I am curious to see what The Hundred-Foot Journey is like, having loved the film.
Nutshell is a fascinating premise, and a short read. I’ve never read any Ian McEwan, so if you have, tell me: what’s his style like? Do you enjoy his books? Which was your favourite? If you’ve read this one, what did you think (though no spoilers, please!)?
I’ve also never read any Ali Smith and have heard Autumn is not only excellent, but discusses a lot of timely topics. I’m a year behind picking it up because it came out last autumn during my year of not reading, so I’d like to get to it soon!
What about you guys? What have you been reading? Have you read any of the books on my list this week? What did you think? Share in the comments!
My Week On Wednesday is a weekly post in which I share with you what I’ve been reading, what I’m reading next, and any other bookish stuff I enjoyed in the past week! If you’d like to write your own My Week On Wednesday post, or if you’d just like to share your recent reads, feel free to link or chat in the comments! (Click on cover image to visit Goodreads page and learn more about the book.)