Friday, 7 March 2014

the years in books: march





Oh how I love #theyearinbooks. Laura's project has motivated me to get on with reading again. The pleasure gained from allowing myself to become lost in a book is a delight. 

For my February read I had chosen Someone at a Distance by Dorothy Whipple. I wasn't disappointed. Persephone books are beautiful. And I loved this title. I hadn't read any other books by Dorothy Whipple so had no preconceptions about the story or writing style.

Dorothy Whipple is a very accomplished author. Someone at a Distance is an exceptionally well written tale of the disintegration of a family in the 1950s. The characters are well drawn and I found myself becoming rather attached to them. The author uses sharp observations of men and women of the time and while the novel begins slowly, it quickly becomes so gripping I found it difficult to put down. 

Someone at a Distance is a beautifully written and absorbing novel about adultery, love and sacrifice and how hope shines through in the end. I look forward to reading more books by this wonderful author.

I also started a second book, The Night Rainbow in February which I will finish very soon. I have chosen The Book Thief for my March read. It seems to be everywhere at the moment with the recent release of the film version. I hope its a good one.

As an aside, I'm not sure I am providing you with very useful reviews. I am conscious of not giving away too much of the story, so maybe I am not supplying enough information. This is a result of personal preference. I really dislike knowing too much about a book before beginning reading and so apologies if I seem to be holding back on the details.

Joining in with Laura.

16 comments:

  1. Sounds like a perfect read Bee, I also don't like giving too much away on my blog about the books I am reading, just a little hint of what to expect. I read the Book Thief years ago and really enjoyed it, hope you do too x Happy weekend x

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  2. I'm loving the book challenge too Bee. Reading is never a chore but the very best bit about being involved is reading the reviews written by bloggers that I follow as it feels like I'm hearing a friend's review. It feels like the best bits of a book group without the hassle.

    I know some people don't like to hear much about a book's plot but I'm less bothered by reading an odd spoiler as few books contain any real surprises or twists so I'm in the more rather than less info camp.

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  3. Hi Bee! I'm enjoying the reading link-up too. It's got me putting a bit more thought into my book choices (as well as making time to read them!)

    I'm like you in terms of reviewing books - I don't want to get into deep literary criticism but hopefully my enthusiasm for those I enjoy comes across. And this post is useful to me, as I'm planning on treating myself to a title from Persephone at some point and wanted to know which would be a good one to go for.

    Happy reading - and have a great weekend!

    Sarah x

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  4. It is good to know if you liked a book or not, even if you don't feel able to tell more than that, so don't worry about your reviews! xx

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  5. I adored The Book Thief, it really was fantastic.
    Marianne x

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  6. Yes, I'm really enjoying the link-up too as it's making me get back to reading. As Red Setter says it's the fun of a book group without the hassle and without someone telling you what to read.
    There are so many good suggestions here that I'm meaning to get a notebook to write down the books I'd like to read so that I don't forget them. I'm also wary about giving too much of the plot away and usually wait until I've finished a book to google the reviews!

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  7. The book thief is on my March reading list too, I saw the movie trailer and thought I might start by reading the book! Happy reading and happy Sunday! X

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  8. I've just written my Year in Books post for this month too, and I agree, it's hard to know how much to give away, and what might most interest people about a book. But do our reviews really need to be more than the recommendation of a virtual friend?

    I've never read The Book Thief so I'll be really interested to read how you got on with it next month :)

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  9. I've read The Book Thief - it's good! X

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  10. The Book Thief is great, read it before you see the film (I haven't seen the film yet) - but it took me a little while to settle into it, I found the writing style a bit show-offy at first if that makes any sense. Stick with it, it is rewarding. Thank you for your reviews - I think the way you write about the books is perfect. I can read a synopsis on the back cover or Amazon, and honestly, the best books are the ones that a friend just says "I read this and loved it" - that's pretty much all I need to know it's worthwhile! :-) Chrissie x

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  11. The Book Thief is my book group read for March. My copy is sitting on my bookshelf. Very much looking forward to it.

    Leanne xx

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  12. Such a great idea! I really must pick up and immerse myself in my copy of 'The Book Thief' - because I know I will find it very emotional I am trying to find the right moment...I must get back into writing book reviews, thank you for the inspiration!
    Katie

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  13. Your book reviews are great - no need to apologise. Someone at a Distance sounds great! Definitely one to bookmark. x

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  14. You have tickled my interest enough to add Someone at a Distance to my reading list. Your love for the book shines through, which is all important, more so than a comprehensive review. I am also reading a book about a family in the Fifties or at least that's where I am in the book now. It is called Finding Peggy by Meg Henderson. It is very much autobiographical and I am not sure if I enjoy it so much at the moment. I might just distract myself with ordering some new books.... Cx

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  15. Thank you for this review, Bee - it's all a review should be; interesting and detailed, but no plot giveaways. I really like the sound of this book, and I'm always happy to buy from Persephone - they have such lovely attention to detail with their end papers and book marks. I know it's about the content of a book, not the jacket, but it's so lovely when a book looks and feels nice too. x

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  16. Hoorah! So glad that you are enjoying the project! I love Dorothy Whipple novels, too. xx

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