As we had a break over the Summer, we chose five books to read on our holidays, both classic and new. Here’s what we thought:
- Some of it was a lot of discussion, could have not read those bits
- Was it written as a series for a newspaper rather than to be read as a whole book
- Many words we didn’t understand
- Not a holiday read
The Handmaids Tale – Margaret Atwood - Offred is a Handmaid with only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness.
- Didn’t like it (but fascinated by concept. Didn’t enjoy the worlds)
- Confused that it wasn’t the whole world
- New names made up
- Description in finite detail
- Parallels with Burkini ban and the proposed wall in the US
The Last Moriarty – Charles Veley - a young American actress is desperate for Sherlock Holmes to protect her from the threats of a mysterious, menacing man who has recently appeared in her life.
- Took a while to get into it then quite enjoyed it
- Got lost with names
- Forget the modern Sherlock
The Lake House – Kate Morton - A missing child . . .an abandoned house . . .an unsolved mystery . . .
- Ending somewhat trite – author couldn’t quite make up her mind
- Good gripping read that is hard to let go
- Some loose ends
- A quick read
The Glorious Heresies – Lisa Mcinnerney - Maureen didn’t mean to kill a man, but what can a poor dear do when she’s surprised by an intruder and only has a holy stone to hand?
- Not a good book to have before you go to sleep
- Better to sit down with a bottle of wine!
- Because started book, we have to finish it, but we don’t have to enjoy it!