This year has been a good year for reading. It has been less so for writing. Although I will have written many thousands of words through work in my personal life bar my diary 2015 saw me rarely write. And this blog has suffered too. I am not one though to give up on a goal so I am going to write up all the 2015 books I have read starting with this October blog and then give some thought in January to what I do next. I would like to purse more persona writing in 2016 though what form it takes I don’t yet know.
So October books took me to 94 books for the year and were:
- The Well by Catherine Chanter.
- The Separation by Dinah Jeffries
- In Love and War by Alex Preston
- Early Warning by Jane Smiley
- Station 11 by Emily St John Mandel
- The Taxidermists Daughter by Kate Mosse
- Some Work by Jane Smiley
Like September this was a veritable feast of a reading month. There is not a bad book among the seven read in October. And one book The Well by Catherine Chanter is my stand out book of the year. It is slightly futuristic which was a theme for the month as Station 11 is too. It is about a couple who move to their dream home in the country with their life savings to live a simple life. But it doesn’t work out as they had expected. Their small holding is exactly what they have dreamt off but a drought hits the rest of the UK except for their patch of land and this turns their dream into a nightmare. There are many themes in this book for example it also shows the unravelling of relations between a wife and a husband and a mother and her daughter when a cult is attracted to the land. Another futuristic book and as least if not more thought provoking as The Well is Station 11. It’s about a world in the future when a virus kills most of the population leaving very few people alive and life as we know it is dead. So no transport, no electricity, no internet and no phones, no shops and the list goes on. How do you live when life as you know it has gone? Made me realise how dependent we are on our technology. Could you live in a life without it?
The other books were also good with Jane Smiley a new find which led into a month of reading family sagas for November. But that is for the next blog.