I seem to be on a go slow with reading at the moment. It has been a busy old month but I always find time to read somehow so it’s not that. I just seem to be a slow reader right now. It’s funny because I was talking to a friend about it and she said she was much the same so had been to the library to choose some proper fluff to read to see if that will help her find her reading mojo. I think she might be on to something there and am tempted to go all out and dig up some Jilly Cooper for next month.
So first up was The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach which has been sat on my shelf for so long that I can’t remember who first recommended it to me but man alive this was brilliant. Without doubt one of the best books I have read so far this year. I can honestly say that I don’t know any more about baseball than I did when I started it but this book is about so much more than playing ball. It is a proper coming of age tale but without a hint of schmaltz. It centres around five people at a small American college and each of their stories are cleverly interwoven. It is such a timeless story and will no doubt be seen as a classic in years to come. The writing is just superb and when I googled the author I found it incredible that this was his debut novel. Definitely a must read if you haven’t already – I appreciate that I am probably late to the party with this one!
Next was Busy Woman Seeks Wife by Annie Sanders which was a perfect easy summer read. It tickled me because who hasn’t wished that they had a wife? Imagine having someone to take care of everything for you? Coming home to dinner on the table and your knickers ironed? That’s the crux of the story when busy career woman Alex is suddenly faced with taking care of her mother who has had a fall and needs to move in with her. Suddenly her domestic life is shown to be shaky at best so she puts out an advert for a ‘wife’ but things don’t go quite to plan. It was very funny at times but also insightful at the same time. I really enjoyed it.
Then last of all we have If Morning Ever Comes by Anne Tyler which I think was passed on to me from a friend after I read A Spool of Blue Thread a while ago. I have to confess to struggling a little with this book. It is set in North Carolina at I’m guessing around the beginning of the twentieth century and Ben Joe is the only boy in a family of six sisters. He comes home from university out of a mixture of homesickness and duty after there is a family crisis but unfortunately I didn’t warm to any of the characters. At times it felt like there were so many of them in a relatively short book that the sisters just sort of merged into one if that makes sense. In all honesty, nothing much happens and I think that is why I struggled with it really. This was Anne Tyler’s first published novel I believe and obviously she has gone on to be a hugely successful writer over the years so hey, what so I know? I always feel awful writing a negative review and it would surely be impossible to love every book we ever read, it just wasn’t my cup of joe I guess.
So that was me, what have you been reading this month?