This has been a pretty busy month what with packing, moving and now the settling in, but it's coming along and we're getting used to our new neighbourhood. It was also very nice to get back online this week. Yesterday I rode a bike for the first time in many, many years. I briefly rode, and fell off of, a bike about 13 years ago but otherwise I pretty much haven't ridden since I was a kid on the farm. So it was a bit nerve-wracking, and I'm still somewhat of a danger to myself and others, but it will make life much easier if I can ride to the shops. Oh and did I mention that I'm also quite sore today? LOL. I just keep telling myself that change is good!
I have managed to read a little bit over the last few weeks in between all the craziness. The Delicate Storm by Giles Blunt, the second book in his Detective Cardinal series, was a good distraction from the chaos of packing. Then once we were in our new place, and internet-less, I finally got around to reading Yellowknife by Steve Zipp. What a fun, bizarre book this was! And now I've just begun The Fat Woman Next Door is Pregnant by Michel Tremblay. Quite the title, eh?
Seven years ago, in June 2002, life was a bit calmer. We had already settled into, and were enjoying, our new life in London. I apparently read five books that month with a couple of them being disappointments. Here they are with my old, brief comments (this was before I started doing longer reviews) in italics. I apologize for my obvious unoriginality at the time. My keywords for the month seemed to be 'engaging', 'believable', and 'anti-climactic'.
A Celibate Season by Carol Shields & Blanche Howard
Epistolary fiction. A joint work that read very smoothly. A thoughtful look at relationships. 7.5/10
L.A. Woman by Cathy Yardley
Chicklit. Fun characters, but anti-climactic with a disappointing ending. 4/10
Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
Classic. Didn't love it or hate it, but the characters weren't that believable to me so I had no real sympathy for them, plus the ending was anti-climactic. 5/10
Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris
An engaging story, preferred it to Chocolat and Blackberry Wine, as it's deeper and more complex, and I enjoyed the interweaving of time frames. 7/10
Rachel's Holiday by Marian Keyes
Chicklit with depth. A well-written character, in an engaging, believable story, with a touching ending. 9/10
Looking at these five titles, I can barely recall any of them! I remember vaguely the story in Rachel's Holiday but the others... not so much. My chicklit phase ended before I got through many of Marian Keyes books but I'm pretty sure I have another one or two that I never got around to. I happened to meet her once briefly at a book signing and she was super friendly. I know I've got a couple of books each by Joanne Harris and Carol Shields that I haven't read yet either. I really should make an effort to read more of my old, long-time neglected books. Maybe unpacking all of them will inspire me to pick up a few.
Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think?
Have a great week!