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The Year In Books : January 2016

by Clare Mansell

This year my new year’s resolution was more photography, more quilts and more books… and less time wasted on Facebook and reading the Mail Online (don’t judge me!)

So as part of this I have decided to join Laura at Circle Of Pine Trees with her Year Of Books. She originally set it up as a prompt to herself to work her way through her reading list for 2014 and I am going to join her for similar reasons.

All The Light We Cannot SeeMy last book of 2015 was Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey and although many people love it, I’m afraid I fell into the other camp. The story deals with any elderly lady suffering from dementia and trying to piece together two mysteries, one from the past and one from the present. Her confusion and mental decline is portrayed through a lot of repetition and there are some frustrating plot holes and a slow pace. It was shortlisted for several book awards and has been a bestseller, but it just wasn’t for me.

In  contrast I have also been working my way though a Roald Dahl box set with Theo and it has reminded me of the joy of reading a well paced and well written book. We’ve just finished Esio Trot (first time reading it for me!) and moved on to Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. Clearly adult books have to have a bit more depth to them, but I find too many are completely removed from the kind of wonderful storytelling you get with Roald Dahl and other authors like him, so here’s hoping my next ‘grown up’ book is a better read!

So my book for January is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I originally bought it for my mum and she has passed it on to me with an encouraging note about how she hopes she’ll find another one as good for her holiday.

I started it last night and I am thrilled already that it has very short chapters which I personally find very appealing in a book as it keeps me turning pages without feeling committed to starting a big chunk of prose. I’ll report back on All The Light We Cannot See at the end of the month (the pressure!) and if you have a Good Reads account feel free to follow me over there too.

Meanwhile if you have any recommendations for books you think I should try in 2016, I’m all ears….

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3 comments

Dawn & Bean January 8, 2016 - 1:41 pm

Hurrah for more reading. I have a list as long as both my arms put together at the moment, as well as working my way through all the Agatha Christies for research purposes.

Interesting you should mention Roald Dahl as twitter friend of mine and Dr in Agatha Christie, Jamie Bernthal, yes that’s right he’s an authority on AC, has now turned his brain to Roald Dahl. This post of his, might interest you http://jcbernthal.com/2016/01/07/general-update-publications-and-surprises/ – he’s studying the use of cutlery in the books, he’s a genius.

Happy reading, I look forward to seeing which books you enjoy this year 🙂

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My Two Mums - Kirsty January 10, 2016 - 7:25 pm

I keep seeing this book, so I am taking that as a sign that I must read it 🙂

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Jill Shuker January 12, 2016 - 7:21 pm

I just loved All the Light you cannot See and my husband did too.

Just reading CloudStreet by Tim Winton
Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver
Lila by Marilynne Robinson

All recommended.

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