This is going to be my last blog for October and I couldn’t let the month go by without my Year in Books post. We’re off to New York tomorrow. As is my usual modus operandi, I’ve left everything to the last minute so will be spending my evening ‘panic-packing’. Luckily most of my clothes seem to be black, grey and white, with a bit of pink thrown in, so packing a coordinating capsule wardrobe is quite easy (well that’s what I’m telling myself anyway.)
Last month’s book was the Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri. The book starts in the lowlands of Calcutta, and follows the story of two brothers. Subhash, the older brother, is the more conventional character and his brother, Udayan, a more hot headed risk taker. It got off to a slow start and initially I found it pretty heavy going. I don’t want to give the plot away, but something terrible happens which changes the main characters’ lives forever. The rest of the novel explores the repercussions of this event over many years. I did enjoy this book, but I found the main characters quite cold and unemotional. In a way, this is the complete opposite to the Goldfinch, as we are never given an insight into their internal world. At times I was left wondering why they are behaving as they are. However I did find myself thinking about the book afterwards, which to me, is a sign of a good book.
Next up, I’m going to read ‘We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves’ by Karen Joy Fowler. There’s a twist apparently. This means I’ll be reading it trying to guess what happens until in happens. I’ll let you know if I get it. I’m also going to pick a book to read in New York. I’m hoping to find a suitably New York yarn when I’m there. Watch this space.
I got a kindle for my birthday, so this may be the last book I manage to get a picture of. Taking a photo of my kindle each month won’t be quite the same.