Saturday, December 05, 2015


I find writing book reviews tedious, so I'll be really quick

  • The Rosie Project - A geek with Aspergers's guide to falling in love. Really sweet. Until I found out that the writer doesn't even have Aspergers. I was quite disappointed when I found out.
  • A Day at the Office - How office romances start, and end. Good fun. Very light
  • How many letters are in goodbye? - How a mother's tragic death has affected a young Irish girl, who now lives in the US. She keeps writing to her mother, as her life spirals out of control. Yvonne Cassidy's characters really get under your skin.
  • A spool of blue thread. This was advertised as Anne Tyler's last book. A family saga with a few twists. Didn't really work that well for me.
  • The Snow Child. A couple who have lost a baby go to Alaska to start a new life. One snowy day, they build a snowman, or rather a snow girl. A story full of love and longing. Magical.
  • Afterwards, by Rosamund Lupton. A mother and daughter are critically injured in a fire that was started deliberately. But by who? And to what lengths is the criminal prepared to go in order to eradicate all evidence? What a mother has to do to save her daughter. With a twist of magical realism. A gripping story.
  • Nora Webster, by Colm Tóibín - After her husband dies, Nora Webster picks up her life, one day at a time. A beautiful, slow, story, set in small-town Ireland in the seventies (but it feels like the 50s - that's small-town Ireland for you!). To me, this is a much better book than Brooklyn.
  • Major Pettigrew's last stand - such a sweet story. Who said romance is dead? The kind of book that makes you smile from start to finish.

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