May’s Reading Challenge A Book I should have read at school

When I looked at this challenge in January I was very clear what I was going to read for this Wuthering Heights.  I have always felt that I’d missed out on this book and it was a gap in my reading. So I started. Then I tried to start again. And again but I just found it impossible to really make any in roads to the book as frankly I was bored. I feel awful for saying that given it is a classic but reader it was not for me. This then left me with a dilemma what to read instead? 

My husband came up with “Cry the beloved Country ” by Alan Paton. Growing up in the era when apartheid was in its final death knoll, Mandela in prison then freed I had an interest in South Africa. This book did not disappoint I loved it and wondered why I’d never read it before. The story is about a black South African minister who goes to Johanesburg in search of his son. There he discovers a world he did not knew existed from the small village he is from yet what happens there means life at home and his relationship with the local white landowner can never be the same again either. This is a story of the best and worst of humanity but also of love and the fact that in the end we are all equal black or white. Rich or poor. It’s what we do with our lives that makes the difference and how we deal with adversity. So not the book I was intending to read but one I am glad I did though the mysteries of Wuthering Heights still remain. A greater mystery perhaps as it now ranks as not only a book I’ve never read but also a book I couldn’t read.

My May book reading is as follows:

1. The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall.

2. Tightrope by Simon Mawher.

3. A mother’s secret by Renita D’Silva.

4. Haweswater by Sarah Hall.

5. Luckiest girl alive by Jessica Knoll.

6. The Heart of Betrayl by Douglas Kennedy.

7. Lake House by Kate Morton.

8. Someone else’s skin by Sarah Hilary.

9. Cry the beloved country by Alan Paton.

Of these books special mention to The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall loved this book about bringing back wolves to the UK set in Cumbria. It was topical and engrossing though as much as I loved this book I struggled with her novel Haweswater and wouldn’t recommend it. Tightrope by Simon Mawher is one of the Sir Walter Scott prize winners and I can see why it’s a page turning read. Finally I love Kate Morton as an author and her new book does not disappoint.  I read it on a very hot summers day my idea of total relaxation as the photo shows. 

Next month have to read a book chosen for me by a family member. Who to choose for this task?


About fionadranesblog

40 plus mum of two married with a mad cocker spaniel. Along with two colleagues run Bright Light Marketing a rural marketing agency who specialise in getting rural businesss noticed. Live in St Boswells in the wonderful Scottish Borders. Love books, walking and living life to the full here in the Scottish Borders though its sometimes a juggle!
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