What I'm Reading This Week: 16th February, 2015

This week, it’s half-term. My daughter is off school and I am having a much needed break from work. Time off used to mean plenty of time lounging and reading. Now it means entertaining a four year old whilst it’s chucking it down (yes, inevitably, we’ve woken up to rain). Knowing I won’t get much downtime over the next few days I’ve only got two books on my list for this week, a new one – Our Endless Numbered Days – and one I’ve wanted to read forever but never gotten round too – Brick Lane. I don’t think I could manage much more. What are your reading plans for the week?

Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller

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Peggy Hillcoat is eight years old when her survivalist father, James, takes her from their home in London to a remote hut in the woods and tells her that the rest of the world has been destroyed. Deep in the wilderness, Peggy and James make a life for themselves. They repair the hut, bathe in water from the river, hunt and gather food in the summers and almost starve in the harsh winters. They mark their days only by the sun and the seasons.

When Peggy finds a pair of boots in the forest and begins a search for their owner, she unwittingly unravels the series of events that brought her to the woods and, in doing so, discovers the strength she needs to go back to the home and mother she thought she’d lost.

After Peggy’s return to civilization, her mother begins to learn the truth of her escape, of what happened to James on the last night out in the woods, and of the secret that Peggy has carried with her ever since.

Brick Lane by Monica Ali

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Still in her teenage years, Nazneen finds herself in an arranged marriage with a disappointed man who is twenty years older. Away from the mud and heat of her Bangladeshi village, home is now a cramped flat in a high-rise block in London’s East End. Nazneen knows not a word of English, and is forced to depend on her husband. But unlike him she is practical and wise, and befriends a fellow Asian girl Razia, who helps her understand the strange ways of her adopted new British home.

Nazneen keeps in touch with her sister Hasina back in the village. But the rebellious Hasina has kicked against cultural tradition and run off in a ‘love marriage’ with the man of her dreams. When he suddenly turns violent, she is forced into the degrading job of garment girl in a cloth factory.

Confined in her flat by tradition and family duty, Nazneen also sews furiously for a living, shut away with her buttons and linings – until the radical Karim steps unexpectedly into her life. On a background of racial conflict and tension, they embark on a love affair that forces Nazneen finally to take control of her fate.

Emma x

Once again, I’m linking in with Sheila at Book Journey, who has a weekly linky post, It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Click on the link to find out what Sheila and other book bloggers are reading.

7 comments
  1. Brick Lane is fantastic. Hope you love it, too.

    Here’s my It’s Monday!

  2. My kids all just started a new school year 🙂
    Enjoy your selections this week,

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

    1. Thank you…hope I find time to read. So far today I’ve already baked cookies and been to the library! Emma

  3. I loved Brick Lane – there’s also a film! I hope you’ll enjoy it.

    1. Good to know. Not sure how I haven’t read it before now…too many books I guess!

  4. Both these books sound really interesting and this is the first I’ve heard of either of them. Will look for them both. Thanks for sharing and have a great week!

    1. I have always heard Brick Lane was really good. Our Endless Numbered Days is a review copy, which I don’t do a lot of but it really caught my eye. I’m about a third of the way through. It’s an easy read but good so far in that I have no idea where it’s going. Emma

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