I’m continuing to try and read books that I’ve had a while and not read. I picked up a set of two books when I was in Sainsburys earlier this week but then I went and put it back because it was a total impulse by and very much driven by the fact I was getting a book I thought I might like and a freebie too.
Three of the four books listed here I’ve been reading for a couple of weeks in a stop start fashion and are on the 1001 books list.
Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard paperback, 351 pages, on TBR for an unknown number of years
I’ve been looking at this on my shelf for months (before i started focussing on my TBR) and thinking I wanted to read it. But for some reason I really had it in my head that this was sci-fi so I was surprised to find it’s a second world war book. An unusual but enjoyable read.
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides paperback, 249 pages, on TBR since early 2013
I enjoyed this a lot and it made me want to read more by Jeffrey Eugenides. I’m not sure I’d read anything like it before and it’s difficuilt to explain it’s style but it’s good. You’d think a book about several suicides would be depressing but it was anything but.
The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai paperback, 320 pages, on TBR since September 2014
I liked this and especially liked the setting and it;’s characters. But I must admit that when I finished it I felt like there was probably some message in it that I was missing.
Season of Secrets by Sally Nicholls paperback, 254 pages, on TBR for an unknown number of years
This is kidlit with a main character who is at primary school. Despite very much not being it’s target audience I found it great escapism and it kept me guessing. I read it in one sitting of less than two hours. I’ve read another book by Sally Nicholls several years ago and choosing to read this second one was definitely a good decision. I should have read it sooner though.