Only two books this month which takes my total number of books read to forty three this year so it doesn’t look like I’ll be making a nice round 50 by the end of the year. Oh well. I have been starting to think about what books might make it into my favourites for an end of year round up and no doubt that won’t be snappy round number either. Maybe numbers just aren’t my thing? Ha! One book that will be in there for sure though is Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls. I was sent a copy to review (you can click through and read the full review in case you missed it) and technically it was for my daughters so it won’t be making it into my reading piles in these #mostlyreading posts but I can’t recommend it enough – whether you are 9 or 99!
Right, back to the two books that I have read this November that are mine. First up was Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro which is one of those books that has been on my shelves for years but I have never got around to reading. I hate being mean about books I really do, especially when so many other people seem to love it. But I really didn’t like it. It took me over two weeks to read it because I never felt like picking it up. It takes a lot for me to give up on a book though so I plodded on in the hope that the story might pick up. But sadly for me it didn’t. I enjoy the odd dystopian novel and this had the potential to be good but it just never seemed to take off. The narrative was very cold and I don’t know if that was intentional because it was the voice of a cloned human or if that is just his writing style as I have never read anything by Ishiguro before. I just didn’t warm to it one bit. Nothing really happened and nothing was really explained. It all felt like a bit of a damp squib which is a shame really because the basis of the story had potential. Maybe I have been spoilt by other outstanding dystopian novels in the last year or so and this just wasn’t in the same league? I don’t know but it’s not a book I can recommend I’m afraid. Off the top of my head though if it is good dystopian that you are after, I can definitely recommend The Handmaid’s Tale, The Power and Dietland.
Now at the other end of the scale was Life After Life by Kate Atkinson which is one of my all time favourite books and I was reading this for the second time. I have to say that this is one of those books that just gets better and better. This won’t be the last time I reread it and I have no doubt that I will love it even more the third, fourth, fifth time around. It is an extraordinary book. I have never read anything else quite like it. I remember the first time around struggling to make sense of it in the beginning and I carried on trusting that it would all come together in the end. And it did. Beautifully. But the second time around you don’t have the same confusion, you just get to soak up every detail that you missed the first time around. The premise behind the book is what if life gave us an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you save the world from its destiny if you knew what was coming? If you haven’t read this book before, read it now. If you have read it already, read it again. Seriously. I have never enjoyed a book more in my life I sobbed when I finished it. The only thing that made me feel better was the thought of rereading it all over again in the future at some point.
So that was me, what have you been reading this month? Any Christmassy reads in your to be read pile for December? As always you can leave me a comment below or you can find me talking all things books over on Instagram as @BySarahMostly if you search under #mostlyreading