March is already over. I thought time was going quick when we’d managed to get through January but now it’s getting a bit scary how fast this year is going. Sadly, my reading pace isn’t at all as fast as time goes by. I was hoping to have finished reading these three books in January but it’s taken me three months. I’m still on track for reaching 12 books at the end of my year goal so not too upset with myself. Anyways, here are my thoughts on the books I’ve read so far.
A Good and Happy Child – Justin Evans
This is a book I most likely wouldn’t have purchased myself but my friend left it behind (with a few other books) when she moved to Sweden. I normally buy books in English if it’s an English author and Swedish books if a Swedish author as I prefer reading book in the writers mother tongue. This however was in Swedish so a quick read.
If you enjoy the supernatural and a bit of suspense, this book is for you. It’s very dark and gloomy so save it for sunny days, not dark nights just before bedtime. It’s about a young boy being trapped in dreams and seeing people and monsters no one else can. Unfortunately, a very unsatisfying end so I don’t think I’ll read more books by Mr Evans.
Nights at the Circus – Angela Carter
This book has been sitting in my, at the minute, non-existing book case (working on it) for a very long time. I can’t remember if I was recommended it by a friend or magazine but I did like the sound of it so bought it. Finally I’ve had a chance to read it.
The first chapter was really difficult, so descriptive and many words I’ve never even heard of before. After that it gets easier, wether that’s because I’m getting used to it or it’s not as descriptive language anymore, just a lot of details, I don’t know.
Again, a book if you like the supernatural and mystical creatures. The main character is half human; half swan touring a circus. A reporter has come along to investigate and find out her true identity and perhaps his own.
Looking back I now think it was Night At The Circus which was recommended to me, ha. I’ve seen the film so that would make more sense.
419 – Will Ferguson
Unlike the other books this is a fiction novel, set in Canada and Nigeria. It starts with the unexpectedly death of a retired teacher. His family has no idea why he’d committed suicide which the police report indictates. Not listening to the police advice rectifying a so called 419 (code for frauds in Africa), his daughter travels to Nigeria to find out what’s happened and who’s responsible for her father’s death.
This is an easy book to follow and like Swedish criminal drama, I like the darkness and moody athmosphere it portraits.
What have you been reading in January? If youv got any recommendation of books for me to read, let me know in the comments.