Morning…hope you are having a good weekend. Ours has been perfectly quiet, if a little wet as we have been pounded by rain over the last few days. It’s about to get a little noisier though as we are heading off to a children’s party in a bit.
Reading wise, I was in a bit of a slump last week after the disappointing The Bed I Made by Lucie Whitehouse and it continued with Fair Play by Tove Jansson. Neither book did anything for me I’m afraid, though for different reasons. The Bed I Made was slow and didn’t have enough tension or twists and turns whilst Fair Play was well written but felt more style over substance.
Hopefully, I’ll have more luck this week, though I haven’t made it very far in Little Girl Gone, which I started last week so who knows. I have tried to step outside my comfort zone a little again this week and pick books I wouldn’t normally.
Honor Bright is a modest English Quaker who moves to Ohio in 1850, only to find herself alienated and alone in a strange land. Sick from the moment she leaves England, and fleeing personal disappointment, she is forced by family tragedy to rely on strangers in a harsh, unfamiliar landscape.
Nineteenth-century America is practical, precarious, and unsentimental, and scarred by the continuing injustice of slavery. In her new home Honor discovers that principles count for little, even within a religious community meant to be committed to human equality.
However, drawn into the clandestine activities of the Underground Railroad, a network helping runaway slaves escape to freedom, Honor befriends two surprising women who embody the remarkable power of defiance. Eventually she must decide if she too can act on what she believes in, whatever the personal costs.
On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.
As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.
And finally, November 9, for the Caffienated Book Club.
Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day of her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.
And that’s it for me. How has your week been? What have you been reading?
This week, I’m linking in with Kimba at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and her Sunday Post and with (a little early) with Katherine at Book Date for It’s Monday, What Are you Reading? Head over to see what other bloggers have read, written about or just added to their shelves.