- Films that are funnier than you’re expecting
- Re-reading a favourite book
- Afternoon naps
- New series of your favourite TV shows
- Comedy nights
See the whole list here
Thank you for being one of my favourite people to spend time with. Your enthusiasm and grace will be missed now you’ve moved to London (*sob*) but I’m excited to have a new penpal and a new part of that beautiful to city to visit. Cardiff’s loss is London’s gain – knock ‘em dead, kid.
This post is an update on my 30 for 30 goal: Read 30 Books I’ve Been Meaning To Read. So far I’ve read 5 out of 30.
Date Read: 29th June 2013
Rating: 3 stars
Mini synopsis: Bossy girl with terminal cancer wants her reluctant friend to take over her life once she’s gone.
Read it because: Pamela Ribon is a talented, funny writer. I personally couldn’t get along with the main character, but a lot of people like this one so I’d suggest giving it a chance.
Date Read: 6th July 2013
Rating: 2 stars
Mini synopsis: The stigma of down syndrome causes a secret family rift.
Don’t read it because: it’s really not worth it. The premise is there but the writing is clunky at best, it’s about 50 pages too long and I really couldn’t bring myself to care about any of the selfish, maudlin, boring characters.
Date Read: 24th July 2013
Rating: 4 stars
Mini synopsis: Greek hermaphrodite tells his story; intriguing, interesting and heartbreaking all in one.
Read it because: Amy loves it – more than a good enough reason I think.
Date Read: 25th July 2013
Rating: 5 stars
Mini synopsis: If Stephen King had written The Time Traveler’s Wife this is what it would have been like.
Read it because: I couldn’t put it down. Thrilling, frightening and utterly compelling. Lauren Beukes is on fine form, I can’t wait to see what she puts out next.
Date Read: 28th July 2013
Rating: 3 stars
Mini synopsis: A missing father brings all the secrets up to the surface.
Read it because: Maggie O’Farrell has a wonderful gift with words. I’d have given it 4 stars but she has a bit of a noncommittal stance to endings and that bugs me. For the thread that bound them all, Robert felt like a bit of a lost character in the end, which I thought was a shame, but it’s definitely still worth a read.
01. RR Amor Towles – Rules of Civility [30 for 30]
02. NEW Kim Edwards – The Memory Keeper’s Daughter [30 for 30]
03. RR Berlie Doherty – Tilly Mint & The Dodo [30 for 30]
04. RR Douglas Coupland – Girlfriend in a Coma [30 for 30]
05. RR Toby Litt – Journey Into Space [30 for 30]
06. RR Alice Sebold - The Lovely Bones [30 for 30]
07. NEW Jeffrey Eugenides – Middlesex [30 for 30]
08. NEW Lauren Beukes – The Shining Girls [30 for 30]
09. RR Douglas Coupland – Life After God [30 for 30]
10. NEW Maggie O’Farrell – Instructions for a Heatwave [30 for 30]
11. RR Stephen Clarke – A Year in the Merde [book club]
This month was the first full month of my 30 for 30 list, and I think I did pretty well at crossing a few of those books off my list. I read four of the books that I’ve been meaning to read forever, and six of my favourite favourites – a nice mix. I would have read more of the new books but, to be fair, the favourites are the ones that I already have on hand.
Of the new books, The Shining Girls was definitely my favourite. Tense, gripping and compelling I finished it in a day and described it to Amy as “A Stephen King version of The Time Traveler’s Wife” which I think is fairly accurate. I was really disappointed in The Memory Keeper’s Daughter - it was insipid and bland and I’m sorry I waited all those years to read it thinking it was going to be good. I enjoyed Middlesex but I feel like I need to re-read it to pick up on the intricacies of the plot.
Of the old books The Lovely Bones was as heart wrenching as ever, Rules of Civility took me back to 1930s New York all over again and the three Douglas Coupland books I read were as enjoyable to read now as they were the first times I picked them up.
We’re going on holiday to Greece for a week in a couple of weeks and my Kindle is already loaded up and ready to go. I can’t wait to have nothing better to do than lie in the shade and read as many books as I can. Bliss.