This book is one of the nicest looking books I’ve seen. Hannah got it for Christmas this year and when I saw it advertised in The Book People, I kind of had to buy it. The book looks amazing, with black edges and gorgeous looking chapter pages. I can’t wait to start reading it – Hannah gave it 5 out of 5 on Goodreads, so I’m sure it will be as good as it looks!
This is another of the books that I got for Christmas – part of a set of two by Jonathan Franzen. The descriptions of them on The Book People looked really good, so I’m really glad my brother bought them for Christmas. The book was the winner of the National Book Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and came with this quote on the back:
“A novel of outstanding sympathy, wit, moral intelligence and pathos, a family saga told with stylistic brio and psychological and political insight. No British novelist is currently writing at this pitch”.
That’s quite a lot to live up to, but it does look very interesting. It’s a long book, at more than 600 pages, so there’s no chance I’ll finish it before the new year, so I guess that this will count as the first book in my 100 book reading challenge. Let’s start as we mean to go on!
I got a few books for Christmas this year:
- The Auschwitz Violin by Maria Àngels Anglada
- Room by Emma Donaghue
- Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
- The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
- The Lily Bard series by Charlaine Harris
It was a tough choice to decide which to read first, so I’ve decided to read them in the order I opened them. First up is The Auschwitz Violin by Maria Àngels Anglada, which Cameron bought for me. I love reading books about the war; two of my favourite books are World War Two (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Diary of Anne Frank). I’ve got two days off, then it’s back to work for 3 days and then a 3 day weekend, so I’ve got plenty of time to get through a couple of books.
Now it’s time to take a look at the January Sale email from The Book People. I had the catalogue through the door a couple of days ago, and there were some really good deals in there.
I think someone needs to confiscate my credit card…