09 March 2014

The year in books: March

February's read was Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (currently 99p on Amazon!). I can certainly say I was instantly sucked into this book and was fascinated by Ursula and her escapades. The idea of being given the opportunity to live your life again and again is a fascinating concept. There were points that dragged slightly but overall, an engrossing read. I'm not sure I can say too much more without giving the game away so I'll stop there. I'd not read any of Kate Atkinson's books before but I shall definitely be giving some of her others a whirl.

And that brings us nicely to March's book. After hearing/reading so many good things about it, including from The Girl and Laura, I decided to make The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion my March read. Want to know more? Here you go:
Meet Don Tillman.

Don is getting married.

He just doesn't know who to yet.

But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman.

One thing he already knows, though, is that it's not Rosie.

Absolutely, completely, definitely not.

However, I have a little confession: I've actually already finished it! I started it on 1 March and devoured it within the space of 4 days, and it probably would've been half that if I hadn't been pretty busy. I will save my comments for next month's post but it does mean I'll now have to read some others this month, which is great news for completing my 2014 Goodreads Reading Challenge of 20 books this year!

So, as I expected, thanks to my new Kindle, my reading has certainly picked up speed. :D Since the last post, in addition to the above two books, I've also read Twelve Years a Slave, a narrative by Solomon Northup (again, in 4 days), which was excellent and I must now see the movie!

I'm now reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I'm only a few pages in but am a little unsure of this one. Has anyone read it? Is it worth reading?


 Jen

Still want to take part in The Year in Books project? Visit Laura's March 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?

11 comments:

  1. Yes to reading The Book Thief! It is a bit of a slog in places (I remember it taking me a while to read) but it's definitely worth it. Still not sure about seeing the film, though. I've just finished 12 Years a Slave, loving the Kindle bargains that have been around recently!

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    1. Oh good! I'm glad I'm not wasting my time. Most people have said The Book Thief is worth it and actually, I remember wanting to read it when it first came out. I'm enjoying it so far anyway.

      Yeah the Kindle bargains are great! I recommend subscribing to the Kindle Daily Deals e-mail newsletter and this is a good blog too: mebookshelfandi.co.uk. The writer, Melanie, has a weekly Kindle Bargains feature.

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  2. The Book Thief is the last book which made me cry. Which was a bit embarrassing, since I was on a train at the time...

    Been meaning to re-read it for ages but it was in a bundle of books I gave my dad when he was in hospital that I've yet to liberate back.

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    1. Aww! Then I should definitely read it just to see whether it will make me cry as well. Feels like a challenge now.

      I'm not a big book re-reader.

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  3. The Rosie Project was my March book too, but I finished it really quick as well. I loved it!

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    1. Yeah it was a very quick read. I thought it was great too!

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  4. I loved The Rosie Project so much! Like you, I read it very fast (in one day I think), so I'm hoping I remember enough about it when my book group discusses it next week.

    Like you, I felt Life After Life dragged a bit at times but I did enjoy it overall; I loved the humour of Ursula trying (increasingly desperately) to avoid catching the 'flu.

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    1. I wish I could read as quickly as that (maybe during a day off work)! Ooh you're part of a book group? I'd be interested to hear what they thought of it or what some of the discussions revolved around. I wonder if anyone has disliked it?

      Ha! Yeah that part of the story was great. It had me giggling too. I feel like I can't say too much for anyone yet to read it.

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  5. Yes, yes, yes to The Book Thief!
    It's a fab book although like Amy says above, there are a few places which are a bit slow but it's definitely worth it. The film is great too and actually I think it's not a bad adaptation of the novel! :-) xx

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  6. Wow, you're zipping through these books! Amazon keep recommending The Rosie Project to me, but it's not my usual sort of book (by miles) so I'm a bit wary. The Book Thief is definitely on my to-read list, though! (And you've reminded me that I need to put up my own March book post!)

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  7. The Rosie Project is such a speedy read, isn't it! I'm a big Atkinson fan, have read them all apart from the short stories, which I must order from the library. Life after Life was my favourite of them all, though.

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