Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

I’m afraid I didn’t like this book very much. It wasn’t terrible and I don’t have particularly strong feelings about it but essentially it was just very ‘meh’. It is set in 1954 on the fictional, but realistic, island of San Piedro, off the coast of north-west America. A fisherman is found drowned in his nets and a Japanese-American man is accused of his murder. … Continue reading Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

I have a lot to say about this book! It is about Ruth, a black midwife, who finds herself the defendant of a manslaughter trial after a baby dies on her ward. The parents of the child are white supremisists who asked that Ruth not be allowed to touch the baby. Despite this blatant discrimination, Ruth does as she is asked until she is left … Continue reading Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Tender is the Night was Fitzgerald’s last completed novel (he never finished The Last Tycoon) and there is an autobiographical element to the narrative which I think makes the story more poignant. It has the same beautiful style as The Great Gatsby although it is somehow not quite as magical. it is still a wonderful book and I love reading anything by Fitzgerald but it … Continue reading Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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