Tuesday, 31 January 2017

January 2017 wrap up

And even this dark, cold, slightly depressing month of January has come to an end.
I have read eight books in January 2017, some great reads, some (one) horrible reads and some so and so ones. Overall a pretty good reading month, especially with the first and last books read.

And here they are:

- Le otto montagne - P. Cognetti
A story about the love for mountains and about friendship. Loved it!
(Random House has acquired the rights so it will hopefully come out soon in English!)
Rating:  9 out of 10

- Bridget Jones's baby - H. Fielding
Awful, I loved BJ diary but I could not force myself to continue reading this one.
Rating:  1 out of 10

- The House on Bellevue Gardens - R. Hore
A pleasant enough story, beautiful London settings, it could have been a lot shorter.
Rating: 6.5 out of 10

- Gilead - M. Robinson
A long letter, beautifully written, simple yet engaging, some passages are a bit tedious.
Rating:  6 out of 10

- You will not have my hate - A. Leiris
The very personal diary of a journalist whose wife is killed by terrorists. A powerful message.
Rating:  6.5 out of 10

- Agatha Raisin. Love, lies and liquor - M.C. Beaton
Agatha can always make me laugh and forget all the worldly worries for a while.
Rating:  7 out of 10

- The year of magical thinking - J. Didion
Another very personal diary of the grief the author has faced and how she dealt with it. Interesting.
Rating:  6 out of 10

- The Swans of Fifth Avenue - M. Benjamin
Glamour, NY City, gossip, a precious friendship ended badly, the fictional story of Truman Capote and Babe Paley. Fascinating.
Rating:  7.5 out of 10

- A Little Life - H. Yanagihara
The story of a man who has gone through hell and back, the story of strong friendship, a book that has profoundly touched me. Beautifully written, the long phrases are fluid and engaging, the punctuation is perfect. One of the best books I have read in ages.
Rating:  10 out 10

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