Books I’ve already read this month:
Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
The second in the series, this one is a little bit of a slower read than the first book, Outlander, or at least it was for me but that didn’t mean I didn’t love it any less. Reading my sister’s super well read copy, the pages beneath my fingertips, and the characters leaping off the page. Jamie remains one of my favourite male characters, though he still often does the wrong things for the right reasons and vice versa. Claire is daring, courageous and often foolish.
Good for: Those who like time traveling or historical fiction, because this book has the best of both worlds.
The third in the series, this book didn’t capture my attention as quickly as I wanted it to. But the mystery, intrigue and conflict soon did. With Claire apart from all she knows, in so many different ways, and Jamie’s life changing rapidly it makes for a truly good read. The introduction of newer characters, such as Roger make it all the more interesting.
It was great, exploring other parts of the world with the characters.
This book allowed me to avoid reality for a little while, and enjoy a world completely apart from our own.
Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
This is a book I absolutely tore through, the fourth in the series, and the last one I own. I ended up kicking myself when it was over, fully aware that pay day, and the money I needed to buy books was so very far away.
Brianna’s character grows, and in some ways resembles Jamie’s so strongly that there’s no doubting, even in literature they are father and daughter. Roger’s trials were treacherous and yet wonderful, and so detailed and well written.
I can’t wait to read the next book in this series, and find out what else will happen to the characters.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
This book took me longer than I would have thought in part because of the depth and detail of the subject matter and the fact that I kept having to stop for a few moments to research the Gods, and Goddesses that I was reading about.
Shadow however, was what kept me going within this book. The gentle giant, and one who is confused by all that is going on around him. There are no real words to describe this book.
Good for: Those who love mythology, symbolism and a massive, gorgeous world build.
Frog Music by Emma Donoghue
When my friend offered to pay me back for a couple of movie tickets, instead of asking for cash I asked for this book, and when he delivered it I began reading as soon as possible.
I can’t decide what part of this book ended up being my favourite, the characters of Jenny and Blanche, or the destination in which the novel takes its readers. It’s rich with life, and unfortunately death and the sensitive way these characters have been handled is beautiful. The thing that makes this even more fascinating is the fact that these people actually existed, or at the very least some of them did and were handled with delicacy.
Good for: Those who like historical fiction based on true events.
Must Love Otters by Eliza Gordon
This was a GoodReads book club read, and I do not regret reading this at all. It was an amusing read from the first chapter, but I soon found myself tearing through the book, laughing at many of Hollie’s antics. At other times I found myself saddened by the opportunities she had missed, in settling for something safe before cheering her on as she stepped out of the comfort zone.
Good for: People who want a nice light read, which can be a little bit morbid, and definitely funny.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
This book was recommended to me by one of my friends, in order to fill my reading bingo card. And since I have been wanting to read The Goldfinch and have a weird thing about reading an author’s earlier works first and so far I am enjoying it quite a bit.
Emancipation Day by Wayne Grady
This was a book I’d been eyeing for a little while, and since it was the next out of my book tin I decided to go for it. Thus far the details, and the characters are managing to captivate me.
I am sure once I delve more into it I will be quite happy.
Prime Suspect by Lynda La Plante
This was the next pull out of my book tin, and has been sitting on my shelf for quite some time.