I don't think anyone can accuse of us of not constantly broadening our reading horizons here at dovegreyreader scribbles HQ.
My sojourn at Waterstone's Piccadilly a while ago was also a good chance to check out some of the books that have been recommended around the blogs in recent weeks.Armed with my Book of Books I amassed quite a pile to take to the sofas and peruse.I think little trolleys would be a good idea because I looked a bit like I was on Crackerjack.
Anyone else remember Crackerjack and the quiz where you got to stand on a drum and win armfuls of prizes and a cabbage if you dropped anything, but then the ultimate accolade, a Crackerjack pencil. I'd have tidied my bedroom every day for a year to get onto Crackerjack.
Anyway, back to the sofas and a good chance to look carefully at Hospital by Toby Litt which had come highly recommended but with a caveat of 'some confusion may ensue' from Jess over on the Book Bar.I started to read and was suitably involved and almost but not quite bought the book. The not quite was because it's a £14.99 posh paperback, ie stiffer covers, better quality paper and French flaps but none of that deflects from the fact that it's a paperback at hardback price.I did the obvious I'm afraid and came home and ordered from The Book Depository at £9.47 which felt better and I didn't have to lug it home on the train.
Books like Hospital make me feel that I'm reading cutting edge contemporary fiction which I love.If I end up as a casualty in intensive care as a result I'll let you know but I've made a start and I'm coping well.
The Richard and Judy Summer Read list is out so I was delighted to receive a copy of one of them, The House at Riverton by Kate Morton. 1924, glittering society party by the lake of a grand English country house, young poet takes his life.The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again...intriguing.
While we're on the subject I see Mary Lawson's The Other Side of the Bridge has also made the list, excellent.
Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin caught my eye and couldn't be resisted given my current bout of historical fiction addiction.Then I discover that Ariana Franklin is the nom de plume of Diana Norman, wife of film critic Barry.
Murder, mistrust and malice in medieval Cambridge, yes please.
This one shifted imperceptibly onto the Read Immediately Pile (the RIP?...perhaps not) on the strength of its cover (nice gold blingy bits) and a feeling of absence and loss on turning over the final page of The Needle in the Blood by Sarah Bower. Thoughts on that tomorrow.
Fifty pages in and I am not disappointed and guess what? My new reading friend Joanne Harris has read it and found it "entertaining, well researched and well written".
The Black Swan by Nassim Taleb arrived from Penguin.This one's going to require some intelligent concentration as I try and get my head around the principle espoused by Nassim Taleb. A Black Swan is defined as "a highly improbable event with three principal characteristics: its unpredictability; its massive impact; and, after it has happened, our desire to make it appear less random and more predictable than it was." Easy to spot the obvious one but I'll need a holiday before I embark on my Black Swan moment.
The Swap by Antony Moore is described as hilarious black comedy meets superbly plotted thriller and is suggested reading for anyone planning to attend a school reunion.Too late, went to one and vowed never again but we'll see he makes of it all.
Imagine This by Sade Adeniran, the story of a young girl's journey from childhood to adulthood and London to Nigeria.Written in journal form and to be added to my Read Africa stack.
Finally I'm delighted with a parcel of Nawal El Saadawi titles from Zed Books.Woman at Point Zero, God Dies by the Nile and The Hidden Face of Eve. I am a blank page waiting to be written on as far as this author is concerned, but Nawal El Saadawi, now in her seventies, will be touring the UK in October so likely to be in the spotlight soon. My knowledge of Islamic society governed largely by the media to date so I'm looking forward to picking these up and exploring her writing in depth and sharing my thoughts on here.