November Summary

Books

Read two Maureen Lee. Liked the first that I read best: The house by Princess Park. It told the story of Ruby’s birth just as World war 1 ended. It then picks up different part of her and her many descendants stories; from bringing up children during World War One onwards onto millennium new year eve. The other was Stepping Stones.

The fell walker by Michael Wood. Loved that was set in Keswick in the Lake District and referenced places I know. Some suspense was built as regards the murderer. I enjoyed the narrative of the journalist Ben, but was not keen by this being interrupted by a different narrative strand. I did not fully buy the logic to the conclusion of the murder mystery. Certain plot devices near the end which were meant to be, dramatic seemed far fetched, yet it was too inevitable how the situation would conclude.

Film

Bohemian Rhapsody: learnt about the band Queen which, was just before my time and was also entertained, so can not ask for much more.

Victober: Alice in Wonderland

Have seen  short performances of Alice a couple of times and about 9 years ago the film though can not remember much about it.. Of course it permeates into general conscious with people talking about Eat me, drink me and mad hatters tea parties. I once went on jeep safari and I did not know t the time, that thew quote the girl opposite me had on her leg was from Alice “Your completely bonkers, but all the best people are’. Therefore, I for a few months I thought I should immerse myself in it more, but thought the book may be too wordy for me. I instead decided to try audio book.
When I did some research in advance of Victober, just after completing the audio book; I found Alice was written in Victorian times.
I’m pleased I did go for the audio book, I think I may have found the book too slow. What I got from the book, was it was basically Alice continually shrinking and growing. The audio book I got was 2 hours long. I chose Sheridian Smith as narrator, to me it sounded like she was using her ‘phone voice’ and I did not engage with the narration as much as I thought I would.
One factor, I felt naive about, in terms of Alice in Wonderland was how Tweedle Di and and Tweedle Dum fitted in. Audibles have e-mailed and apparently the book I listened to is just the first in the Alice series. Having googled I have found Tweedle di and Dum do not come in until later in the series in Through the Looking-Glass and what Alice Found There
 Needless to say, I ‘m not in a rush to read or listen to more Alice, but I would watch other performances to Alice which can bring it to life.

www Wednesday reading

What I have just finished reading: The other couple. Really liked first half; suspense, tension but then it dissappaited in second half; less pace and suspense.

What currently reading: Memories of Geisha only read a bit so far and not yet hooked.

What I want to read: A cold Death in Amsterdam.

Eleanor Oliphabt is completely fine. How can she answer cryptic crosswords but have never heard of kitten heels? CONTAINS SPOILERS

I had heard good things about this book by Gail Honeyman. It was a quick easy read. But the major flaw for me, was how could she be so naive of the world but, answer cryptic crosswords? This meant I did not find her believable or engage with her. I was not surprised when it turned out, her conversations with her Mother were not real. Was that meant to be a big twist? There is definitely books with unreliable narrators which, have created more suspense and been more shocking.

For me, it seemed unbelievable she had not previously engaged with more people. She was not that adverse to other people. I would have more envisioned that she had, latched on to different people over and over again.

Meeting Declan, letting him move in then staying with him despite, him beating her up, that seemed more in keeping with her character, the need to be loved. But why, not earlier whilst at university had she engaged with people? The book mentions she studied hard, but that does not explain not making friends. If nothing else do not all university courses involve some group projects?

Then at work, it does not seem she had been excluded. She was invited to someone’s wedding reception. She took part in a charity raffle, so engaged with someone to buy tickets and this suggests she would have sponsored people, contributed to leaving presents, gone to Friday night drinks… When she won the tickets, she went with someone from the office instead of by herself so people in the office was prepared to engage with her.

In the author’s Q and A and the back of the book, she describes the book being inspired about articles about loneliness. She mentions about someone saying that from when between leaving work on a Friday night and returning Monday morning, they would not talk to anyone; I can relate to that. Sometimes I have gone home on aFriday night, not expecting to talk to anyone until Monday morning. What was not believable was the book saying, that it was every week. I would have believed it more, if said often went home Friday then did not talk to anyone until Monday. This was sometimes broken up by going out after work for drinks to mark someone leaving, but at the end of the night everyone drifted home to someone, to their normal weekend with regular friends but she only had work people and that was only for during day Monday to Friday possibly at most extended into Friday night. There needed to be more explanation of why she had not engaged more with people from work. It sounded like a sociable place, that had Christmas dos, collections etc… Perhapas it could have been a smaller company and everyone else older with children so could not go out much? Then perhaps expanded and that was the catalyst for Eleanor interacting more?

What was Raymond’s motives for helping Eleanor? Was Raymond just brought up, to be caring by his caring Mother. Or did he want to be romantically involved with her? I thought, that is where the book was going, but it did not end that way. I kind of liked that the book did not end with them getting together and living happily ever after; it acknowledged that Eleanor’s problems would take time to be worked through. I would have liked ending more if, Eleanor mistakenly interpreted Raymond saying he was there for her, as him wanting to be with her. Then Raymond revealing he was gay but, wanted to help her.

I don’t hate the book as much as it may sound like I do. I guess it has made me think. Would I have liked it more, if not had such high expectations?

www Wednesday reading

What I have just read:

From Here to Maternity by Sinead Moriety

What I’m currently reading

Elenor Oliphant is completely fine. High exceptions, first reading session thought was going to be disappointing and it was going to be a little dull. But now read bit more different scenarios starting to emerge making it more complex.

What I want to read

The next in the millennium trilogy (Girl with dragon tattoo etc…) by Steig Larsson; have been saving them to read on holiday.  Just learnt, after his death someone else has continued series so will probably want to read those too.