My book reading diet has been a little different recently. In an effort to increase my minimalism and frugality I have taken to rereading a series that I have owned for quite some time, but that I will now donate. I have also read some of the ones that have been sitting on my Tsundoku pile.
Yes, getting through some of these means I will be buying more…I am only human after all.
The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes – Ruth Hogan I picked this up because I had thoroughly enjoyed her first book, The Keeper of Lost Things. This one was not as good, however I have ordered her next one so it can’t have been that bad. My problem with this book was that I figured out the twist ending within a couple of chapters, I then spent the rest of my reading time hoping I was wrong (because to be right would be boring). Unfortunately I was not, however the writing is good and the characters enjoyable.
Our House – Louise Candlish To my shame I dropped this book within three pages, when it became obvious that I did not like a single character. I did then go to the end to double check myself, but I found myself glad that I hadn’t read it. I don’t like doing this, some of the best books I’ve ever read took quite some time to get into, but sometimes life really is just too short for unenjoyable fiction.
Built – Roma Agrawal This one is with thanks to Virtual Brush Box for the recommendation. I adore feats of engineering and this book fed that adoration well. In it she explains engineering concepts simply and well and I enjoyed it immensely. My one and only gripe is that this book is wildly optimistic about the future of building, with barely a mention of housing shortages, sand shortages (for making her beloved concrete) and climate change. Her enthusiasm for buildings and how they are constructed is obvious and infectious, but expensive skyscrapers will not solve the problems wrought by the severe lack of social housing. I recommend this book, if you also buy one on climate change activism at the same time.
Every Dead Thing (Charlie Parker series) – John Connolly I started collecting the Charlie Parker series many years ago when my reading consisted almost entirely of crime novels and thrillers. These books are very well written and the characters easily became dear to me. There is also a very good chance you’ll learn something you didn’t already know about Maine, but that’s beside the point. The crimes are gruesome and bloody and the solving of them usually involves more of the same, but it is written with understanding and compassion. He gradually introduces a supernatural element to the stories, but it is done well and is not ‘in your face’. You are left wondering, just as the characters do, whether what they see and feel is real. These books are highly recommended and I will be buying the latest one…once I have got through the nine I have still got awaiting me. I will donate these after reading them, not because I won’t read them again, I may well get them as ebooks, but because I really am trying to be more minimalist…and I enjoy the idea of others getting pleasure from reading them, as I have.