04 February 2014

The year in books: February

Time for the year in books #2.

I finished January's book, The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer with a day to spare! It was also the new year read for the Book Club I am part of via work.

The story is about mental health and one I was both keen to read as I'd never read anything similar. I am happy to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a very quick read, although digestion of the themes and ideas of the book are perhaps less pedestrian. There were points that made me laugh out loud and I don't often cry at films nevermind books but this one got me. At least two of the other members of my book club bawled their eyes out also, but at different points in the story. So, I would say this book will resonate with most people, albeit slightly differently depending on the person.

My plan this year was also to make more use of the library for reading but there are so few books actually available that I want to read. For the popular and recently released books, there is often a waiting list as long as your arm! So I opted to buy this month's book on Amazon for £3.50. I might've stuck to the Kindle version if the Android app wasn't being slightly temperamental and if I'd saved more than 18p!

Without further ado, this month's book is Kate Atkinson's Life After Life. I'm not going to attempt to write a synopsis when the back of the book does it so well already:
What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?

What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?
That was enough to pique my interest!

It's quite a substantial one at 624 pages but I'm already almost 100 pages through since it arrived yesterday. OK OK, I cheated a little by reading the Kindle sample whilst I waited for it to arrive in the post. I really don't read that quickly.


In addition, after last month's post, I decided I also wanted to take part in the Goodreads Reading Challenge 2014 and have set myself I hopefully realistic goal of reading 20 books this year. It does mean I will have to supplement the 12 books that I plan to read as part of #theyearinbooks project, but it's certainly not impossible! I'm optimistic.

What are you reading?

Jen

Still want to take part in The Year in Books project? Visit Laura's February link-up post at The Circle of Pine Trees blog to add yourself to the list and grab the button she's very kindly created. You can take part using the hashtag #theyearinbooks on Instagram and Twitter. There is also a Pinterest board and a Goodreads group. I know; great, right?

20 comments:

  1. Both books sound interesting, especially 'The Shock of the Fall'. I've started looking out for books that I've seen recommended by bloggers in charity shops - you can get books in very good condition for next to nothing. So for The Year in Books, I'm confining myself to books I already have on the shelves, books I get in charity or remaindered shops, or ones I borrow from friends.

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    1. That's why this project is great; it has resulted in several additions to my reading list. I do try to buy books in charity shops as well but could be better with that. I'd not heard the term remaindered book before and Googled it to find a great potential source of books. So thanks for that! Looking forward to reading more of your blog, too. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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  2. Just found this blog, and have enjoyed reading through some of it...I've got my viva next month (argh!) so it was lovely and reassuring to read that people have done so well in theirs. Obviously, I know lots of people who've had their vivas, but it's comforting to find more and more positive stories! Hopefully mine can be added to that list, fingers crossed!

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    1. Hi Amy! Thanks for your comment, I'm glad you enjoyed reading it and glad your found viva post reassuring. I know you will have your own positive viva story to add to the list and I should certainly like to hear about it! :D

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  3. Just found your blog through Laura's book group. I am a Bristolian currently living in West Cornwall. Glad to have found it!

    Leanne xx

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    1. Hi Leanne! Oh cool, I'm always happy to find Bristolians (I can't say fellow as I'm not actually a Bristolian). I hope West Cornwall is nice. :D Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I visited your blog too and that photo of the hot air balloon and Clifton Suspension Bridge in your most recent post is awesome! :D Looking forward to reading some more.

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  4. I really like Kate Atkinson and I am looking forward to read your opinion about Life after Life. I wonder if having second and third and more chances might feel a bit like Groundhog Day (that daft movie with Bill Murray starring)? Cx

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    1. Hi Christina, I've not read any Kate Atkinson although have wanted to for a while. I've enjoyed what I've read so far and can't really put it down. Have you read it? You're totally right, it might get a bit repetitive.

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    2. I just finished it! I downloaded the audiobook and could literally not stop. Even though I relived Ursula's live again and again as I was reading, I never found it boring. I also liked "Behind the scenes at the museum" by Kate Atkinson, more so than her detective series. Did I mention I like your blog? Cx

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    3. Awesome! I think I would ordinarily be finished by now but I am hanging on a little as I am enjoying reading it so much. I'm definitely going to read more Kate Atkinson and will have to take a peek at Behind the Scenes at the Museum; thanks for the recommendation!

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  5. Those books both sound very interesting. May have to give them a go myself. My struggle reading you current book in a month though - looks huge!
    Thatadventurer.me

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    1. I thought the same and was a little intimidated by its size when it arrived but the pages are actually turning pretty quickly! Just checked out your January read; I've heard a variety of opinions on The Fault in our Stars, and have debated reading it for a while. After your review, it is firmly on my To Read list. So thanks for stopping by and commenting for me to discover that. : )

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  6. I cant wait for your review of the Kate Atkinson. I keep feeling tempted by it but yet hold off from buying it. So it will be great to hear what you think.

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    1. I have enjoyed what I've read so far; about half. I shall certainly be giving my opinion of it by the end of February although I suspect I shall finish it before then.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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  7. Oh I can't wait to read The Shock of the Fall now. It sounds really interesting!

    Life after Life isn't one of heard of but the concept sounds good. I look forward to hearing what you think of it.

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    1. Yes, definitely give The Shock of the Fall a go and let me know what you think. After seeing the speed at which you read, you'll finish it in no time!

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  8. This book is definitely on my wishlist. Look forward to hearing what you think of it!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I searched your blog and Twitter but couldn't see a name so Rusty it is! :D

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  9. This is my choice for March. I love Kate Atkinson so I can't wait! x

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    1. Hope you're enjoyed it so far! I've never read any of her books but shall definitely read more after this one.

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