The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. - Jane Austen

Now Reading: Marina Lewycka – A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

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photo-61The last book I read (Eve Green by Susan Fletcher) was really good. It took me a while to get into it, but once it had grabbed my attention I found myself desperate to find out what happened next. When I’m reading I often guess (or try to guess) what will happen next, and I did this often during this book, but I was wrong every time. Most of the books I read are quite predictable, so I really enjoy books that surprise me, and this one definitely did just that!

The book was the winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award, and I can see why. Fletcher perfectly captured the thoughts and feelings of Eve Green, the woman recalling her past, and of Evie Green, the eight year old version of Eve who travels through tragedy, grief, mystery and unlikely friendships towards love, happiness and some sort of understanding.

The next book I am reading has been on my shelf for a while, and the title keeps catching my eye. As with most of my books, it’s part of a set from The Book People, so I don’t really  have any idea what it is about, although I’m guessing (and hoping) that it’s not actually about tractors. We’ll see…