Reading for me has always been a real 'treat'. When things were rough at school, I would escape with my head in a book and today I make time to read, to retreat and to expand my enjoyment of literature.
Recent books have included:
The Fingersmith - by Sarah Walters
and The Poisonwood Bible - by Barbara Kingsolver
I love both of these novels for similar reasons: they both absorbed me in untravelled worlds. Kingsolver enveloped me in the Congo with her varied narration and perceptive understanding of the conflicts. If you have read 'The Lacuna', you will understand her ability to absorb you into unfamiliar contexts and educate, whilst avoiding lecturing on the moral pointers of the story. Walters evokes a vivid, almost Dickensian world, developing a strong female narrative. Known for her ability to portray strong, passionate lesbian relationships, it moves beyond these labels and is as much about love as any classic novel. While the subject matter may make some feel uncomfortable, I couldn't put my Kindle down (yup new Christmas present, and something which makes me buy more books).
I would love to know if you have read these and what you thought!
The next book I really want to read is fairly short. It is called 'The Sense of an Ending' by Julian Barnes - I saw it in a book shop last weekend. So that is what I am going to propose for my first book party. Let me know if you want to join in. I will fix a date in April where we can all have a chat about it.
Don't forget to tell your friends, blogging or otherwise!