Wednesday, 3 December 2014

What I Read in November 2014

November was a really busy month, and unfortunately that meant not a lot of reading was done. I've been doing a leadership development course, catching up with friends, having guests over to stay, and watching a lot of movies. I've also been feeling a little under the weather and I can tell my body is looking forward to Christmas and a nice rest!

Here's what I've been reading this past month:

The Dogs of Littlefield - Suzanne Berne (Paperback) 7/10

I'd had this on my wishlist for ages after it was on the longlist for the Bailey's Prize and then picked up a copy during a mega spree in Foyles recently.

It's about the residents of Littlefield, Massachusetts, voted one of the top places to live in America. Following the deaths of several dogs who have visited the local park, the locals begin to suspect each other, bringing many of their fears and anxieties to the surface of their everyday lives. Of course, it doesn't help that a sociologist has moved to town to uncover the secrets to a good quality of life.

At 288 pages, it's quite a short book so good if you are looking for a something you can read over a couple of days but although I enjoyed reading it, I did find it largely forgettable.

The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern (Paperback) 9/10

The Night Circus appears without warning. It opens at dusk and closes at dawn. 

Without ever having been made aware of the others existence, Celia and Marco are bound to each other as children and set forth in a game which neither knows how to win, each unaware of their opponent. Their connections to the Night Circus differ greatly; Celia travels with it, Marco admires from afar, and they share their worlds with a host of strange and mysterious characters.

This is such a rich, magical book that I long to be able to visit the world the Night Circus inhibits, and I've been shoving my copy into the hands of anyone who'll listen ever since. It's one book I would absolutely LOVE to see made into a film soon!

Love, Nina: Despatches from Family Life - Nina Stibbe (Paperback) 8/10 

After loving The Man At The Helm back in October I was desperate to read Nina's first book and it did not disappoint.

This is a collection of letters Nina lovingly wrote to her sister when she moved to London in the seventies to work as a nanny for a family. The letters are one way, we don't see her sister's response, but it's a real pleasure to see how Nina grows during the time she spends there.

She shares tales of the kids she looks after, and their bonkers Mum, as well as of the neighbours and the revolving cast of friends who visit the house. I particularly loved the way Nina talked to her sister about her friend Nunney. 

Nina is also brilliant on Twitter