I have started doing mini book reviews in instagram, which I am really enjoying as a way to keep track of everything I am reading, and start a few bookish discussions over there too! This is what I have read so far this year. Follow me @whereisharriet.
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel took me about three months to finish but it was worth it! Telling the story of Henry VIII's divorce from Katherine of Arragon, marriage to Anne Boleyn and split from Rome, I loved all the political wheeling and dealing, and Thomas Cromwell makes an excellent (anti)hero. I was never sure of his motivations the whole way through, keeping me on my toes and engrossed in the story, despite the fact it is such a familiar tale.
Saga v1 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples. I Finished Saga v1 while staying in Bristol a few weekends ago. First graphic novel I've read in a while, and v dark but v good. Think Romeo and Juliet on the run with a baby, in Space. Will definitely be looking out the next volume.
The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of A Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. I really enjoyed this book. Somewhat reminiscent of Forrest Gump, but really light, funny and clever. It feels like a whodunnit but you are in on the con. Definitely want to see the movie now to compare.
The ship of Brides by JoJo Moyes. After two slightly more hard going books some chic lit! I think the genre gets a bad rep as this book was a really well researched page turner. Set on a ship transporting Australian women married to British servicemen to the UK after WWII, it draws you in with the characters, but I was also fascinated by this part of history which I knew nothing about.
Engleby by Sebastian Faulks was our latest book club book and caused very strong reactions. The story of a working class boy who wins a place at a prestigious university in the 70s, this was very dark but amusing. We were completely split between those who liked him and those who hated him. I found him and the first person narrative very unsettling but compelling, as I tried to piece together the truth from his unreliable narrative.