Reading Round Up
Three books completed is a little lower than last month, but alongside those I have begun a re-read of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall. I rarely – very rarely – re-read a novel but this one absolutely rewards it! Characters are more vivid, the chronology is clearer, the language shines more!
Favourite Adult Book
Luster by Raven Leilani which is still awaiting a review. In short form, an engaging tale of a young black woman in America who is engaged in a relationship with a married man in an open relationship; when she finds herself suddenly homeless, she moves in with them.
Favourite Young Adult Book
The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave which has been on my TBR list for a long time, and is now longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. The story of two twin Traveller sisters who are captured and enslaved in the Romanian woods and whilst in the service of the local boyar they catch the attention of the warlord Dracul.
Knowing the story of Dracula well, these were not characters that it paid to get attached to!
Most exciting Book Acquisition
The Mermaid of Black Conch, Monique Roffey
Most talked about book acquistion
Fake Accounts by Lauren Oyler
Oddest thing learned from books this month
That Henry VIII apparently lost his virginity to Elizabeth Boleyn, mother to both Mary and Anne Boleyn, both of whom were also bedded by Henry!
‘…they say that when His Majesty was young, not yet king, it was Boleyn’s wife who relieved him of his virgin state.’
‘Elizabeth Boleyn?’ He is not often surprised. ‘This one’s mother?’
‘The same. Perhaps the king lacks imagination in that way…’