A Year in Books – July to September


I can’t quite believe this quarter has gone so fast! I’ve hardly any books to share with you. It has been a very sparse few months of reading!

This is what I have managed to get through, plus one on Kindle! All of five books and I am still struggling my way through one. Can you guess which one?

july to september

Face Paint – Lisa Eldridge

Lisa Eldridge is a renowned makeup artist whose YouTube videos have helped plain women, like myself make their daily embellishment that little bit better! This book had been sitting on my shelf for well over a year. I’ve been meaning to read it, but somehow hadn’t found the time, nor the energy. One evening, I decided to read it before bed every night for a week. I enjoyed delving into the history behind makeup and how it’s intrinsically linked with women’s’ suffrage. I particularly liked the the mini biographies of influential women throughout history.

The Child in Time – Ian McEwan

I was expecting greatness when I picked up this book by Ian McEwan, (1987 Whitbread winner, now Costa Award). I thoroughly enjoyed his writing in Atonement, so expected more of the same. However, as I made my daily commute through Liverpool to work, this book was not a welcome companion. Perhaps it was the theme of the book, of a couple who have their child taken from them? Whatever it was, I was not blown away by the narrative. I felt rather bored with the plot that didn’t seem to go anywhere. I guessed that the actual child in time was the narrator, Stephen. We are perhaps all children in time one way or another. I hope that the new BBC production starring Benedict Cumberbatch captures the imagination a bit more. Have you read this book? What were your impressions?

The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt

I’ve consciously been trying to read books this year with birds featured in the title. However I’ve hit a snag with The Goldfinch. Being 700+ pages long, the narrative is about a boy who loses both his parents (in different incidents) and what befalls him thereafter. It’s been rather hard to read. Perhaps I have been lazy? Even though Tartt’s writing is elegant and creative, I have struggled with the content. It leaves me feeling sad. I can’t wait to finish this book. Have you felt the same over another book?

And the Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini

I really enjoyed Hosseini’s previous books, The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. However Hosseini seems to have fallen down with his third novel. I can see what he meant by the type of narrative he went for. Of an interweaving of differing stories, all coming from the same source, but it somehow fell flat. I got through the book eventually, but would not recommend. Would you?

9781780748436_13A Siege of Bitterns – Steve Burrows

Can you see a pattern develop? Yet another book with a bird in the title, but again I have been struggling to get through the narrative. It’s a detective novel set in Norfolk, but I just can’t warm to the cast of characters. The style of writing is more tell than show which doesn’t lead well to character development.

So, there you have it, my abysmal tally for this quarter. Are there any books you have read recently that you have enjoyed? Do let me know.

Thanks for stopping by,

Christine x

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23 thoughts on “A Year in Books – July to September

  1. I struggled with Goldfinch too. The first half of the book was alright, the srtuggle cam with the second half. A book that should have ended earlier.
    I am reading Atonement right now, and enjoying it. I decided against watching the TV adaptation of his other book, the theme sounded a bit depressing to me.
    I find if I am not enjoying a book it takes me ages to get through it, and if I am loving a book I will romp through it.

  2. I have found I have definitely read less over the summer. Plus like you, I haven’t really found anything I have really loved. Just finished The Camomile Lawn which I think was made into a tv series. I enjoyed it but the characters did annoy me quite a bit! Well done on ploughing through yours. X

  3. The only one of these I have read is The Goldfinch, and I had quite the opposite experience – I loved it and whizzed through it. I agree about the sadness though, and I didn’t find the latter part very convincing – I had to suspend disbelief quite a lot!

  4. Oh No! You don’t seem to have had much luck in your choices. What did you think of the BBC’s production of the Child in Time when it aired last week? We got rather bored and turn it off.

  5. I haven’t read any of these books.

    I’m struggling with reading at the moment – work and house renovations are keeping me busy so I just don’t have as much time as I would normally to read. I’m still reading my August book pile – managed to finish two of them last month and am going to try to read the other four in October! Feeling very behind but the schedule is self imposed so doesn’t really matter. I hope you enjoy your next few reads more.

      • Books that have been memorable to me whilst studying:

        Robert Craft and Stravinsky memories and commentaries is a really interesting read on Stravinksys life

        Master Singers
        Advice from the stage
        By D. George and L. Mauro
        Just two I’d recommend, my blog friend Arti at Rippleeffects.wordpress.com has excellent book recommendations I often watch her film recommendations too especially the foreign films that I wouldn’t normally look up if I didn’t read about them there 🙂.

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