‘Read More’ commanded our Facebook page – oh that’s easy, I work in a library.
Right ! well so far on this 9th day of January 2014, I have finished … drumroll… 2 books (unless you count binge watching all four seasons of BBC’s comedy ‘Outnumbered’) Confession – both books were started in 2013 but let’s not be picky.
First, you have to read Burial Rites by Hannah Kent – yes I gush but this is a good book by an Australian author. The icy landscape of Iceland is so well described that even while reading on a very warm Perth summer’s day I had to repress a few shivers. Not a happy book, it is based on the true story of the last woman to be legally beheaded in Iceland but deserving of the accolades heaped on it. I was even listening to the talking book version in my car until my desire to hear what happened next exceeded the number of car trips I was taking so I quickly finished the print version.
I picked up Dorothy Koomson’s The Flavours of Love at work because I had left Burial Rites at home so read the two very different novels in tandem. The Flavours of Love kept hinting at secrets which when revealed proved a bit anticlimatic. But it was a story of family relationships deeply affected by tragedy told in a very readable way.
Not a bad reading way to start the New Year.