What I Read: February

My first time doing a post like this, I was reading a similar one on my timeline the other day and I thought it was a neat way of rounding up reads.. My friend Claire noted that I was on book 12 of the year and suggested I blog, so I hope this will do in the mean time! I do like when people mention LLL ‘in real life’, I’m always surprised people are actually reading!

My Dear Bessie by Simon Garfield

I have written a blog post about this one already, it was beautiful in its own way, and being a massive snail mail fan I loved this war-time love letter story. It’s like Chris and Bessie almost became celebrities to each other as they wrote, they so longed to meet, and they waited such a long time. The letters are so intimate it was definitely wrong to read them, but it’s just so amazing and beautiful, their love was forged so strongly through words posted overseas in terrible times. I wish more of Bessie’s letters had survived, and I thought it was so interesting that their son had never heard of the letters until after his father died.

The Beautiful Indifference by Sarah Hall

I ordered this book of short stories because I loved The Electric Michelangelo so much. This is a rather eerie collection, with stories all written around the human body. The writing is very effective, and some of the endings especially will stay with me. I do like the form of the short story, it’s nice for a change. It was very different to the other book of hers that I read and could quote from forever, but I would be interested to read more from this author.

The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith

Again, I have already documented my love for this. I never was a Crime fan before Robert Galbraith. This one is about a missing writer, and an awful poison pen manuscript, dishing the dirt on plenty of famous writers that he knows. I love the characters of the detective protagonist Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. So much so that I need them to get together at some stage and I stalk fan art on the internet.

A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara

In truth I only read about half of this in February, it took me a few weeks to read it, it’s over 700 pages long. ย I confessed to my colleague and the Book Manager at work that I feared that I wasn’t intelligent enough to fully appreciate it. Yes, it’s expansive and the gradual traumatic flashbacks are well executed. It’s interesting how we get a background on all four of the friends but it’s Jude’s story that takes centre stage. I think Willem was my favourite character. I knew Jude’s secrets were going to be distressing and there are descriptions of his self harm that I will never be able to erase from my mind. He suffered unspeakable abuse as a child and is damaged in every way a person can be. It’s truly heartbreaking in places, and yet sometimes you want to shake him. It is a book with reading and I would be really interested to hear other people’s take on it.

I have read a few more since, so I will hopefully get a March post organised in due time. Hope everyone has a nice St. Patrick’s Day!


Author: Fiona


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