‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ by Moshin Hamid

It’s appalling that I haven’t written for my blog for nearly 3 weeks, although I have been busy revising for my driving theory test (which I passed yesterday, go me!) and organising the music for the student orchestra which I recently joined the committee of (a much more stressful task than anticipated!). This has meant I haven’t made such a good start on my reading list for … Continue reading ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ by Moshin Hamid

Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver

I’ve been meaning to read Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver since it was shortlisted for the Orange prize this year and I finally managed to get round to reading it when I took a copy on holiday with me. I was very impressed by the novel. I thought it was intelligent, thoughtful and Kingsolver explores issues like the environment, class and relationships in a way which really … Continue reading Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver

‘Waiting for Sunrise’ in Saumur

For the past week and a half I have been sunning myself in France on a family holiday which means I’ve had 10 days of unadulterated reading pleasure. While my younger brother and sister have raced each other through the first 3 Harry Potter books (Jodie, nine, I decided it was time she was introduced to the children’s literary legacy and Ben, fifteen, better late … Continue reading ‘Waiting for Sunrise’ in Saumur

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka

I can fully appreciate why this book has won a prize for comic fiction. It was funny, exciting and overall, a pleasure to read. It was a book from a selection of novels that my mum bought from a local bookshop that was sadly closing down and at first I hadn’t given it much attention. It’s bizarre title had me puzzled, but it sparked my curiosity and … Continue reading A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka

Discovering short stories

I don’t often choose to read a collection of short stories as I usually prefer a novel. I’ve always felt that you can’t develop the same connection with the characters because, just as you’ve formed your opinion of the characters, the story has ended and you move on to the next one with a new set of characters or a completely different setting. I think sometimes … Continue reading Discovering short stories