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?That was enough to pique my interest!
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?
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.
What are you reading?
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?