A Summer Reading List:
I love reading. As a child, I satisfied my craving for the written word by regular visits to the library. Now, I curl up in bed for an hour or so before lights out with the latest paperback. It has to be print. I’ve tried reading a book on my iPad but the romance of the written word seems diluted by technology. So I beg, steal, buy or borrow paperbacks and occasionally am indulged with a beautiful hardback.
Summer reading for me needs to meet a few criteria. I don’t sleep so well when it is light and so those books which are hard to put down work really well for me at this time of year. Summer is a frivolous season and, although I did try to read War and Peace during one holiday, for the most part I don’t want my summer library to be TOO serious. Yet I want there to be passages which are thunderingly dark and menacing.
I’ve been reading three books recently which have made the grade for me.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty:
Perfect for taking to the beach or reading on a plane, I am guessing, a book that most mums in their thirties would relate to. I found this book a little hard to identify with, but I suspect that is more down to personal circumstances. I don’t have kids and so I’ve never experienced anything like the network of parents around which the plot evolves. And, the best chick-lit has the story to identify with, so that you read and empathise with the leading character. Set in Australia this one seemed to have little I could personally relate to either in place, time or experience. Despite that, it was an easy-to-read novel with an intriguing and unexpected end. The writing style is fast moving and chatty, the characterisation is strong and there’s plenty to make it a great read. Buy it from Amazon here
Unravelling Oliver – Liz Nugent:
Initially an irritating text, jumping from character to character, it took me a few chapters to get into the flow of this novel. Once I did I found it gripping and compulsive. Oliver’s story is both horrific and credible.
The dialogue is quite colloquial and there’s little in the way of descriptive writing. Liz Nugent’s background as a radio and tv dramatist shows – this book could be read out loud very effectively. Unravelling Oliver was winner of the 2014 IBA crime novel of the year.
On the basis of this book I will definitely be looking for her next release.
The Crossing – Andrew Miller:
Perhaps my favourite of the three, this is a gentle paced, exquisitely crafted piece of writing. On a first read, the final section of the book seems disparate, but as I reached the end of the tale, everything seemed to fall into place. The characterisation is very strong and both Maud and Tim are credible individuals. Descriptive passages are beauifully written to the point of being poetic. I suspect this book, due for release in August, is one I will go back to over the years.
Disclaimer: I was sent The Crossing and Big Little Lies for the purpose of review