For December 2015!
For the past two years I've religiously posted about books I've read during the previous month, joining in with Laura for The Year in Books at Circle of Pine Trees. But last month despite the fact I kept reminding myself I really should get around to it... I never did!
My November book was The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, the fictionalised story of the life of American abolitionist and suffragette Sarah Grimke. It was incredibly powerful and sad but an excellent story too. I'm ashamed to say I'd never even heard of Sarah Grimke, who was a brave and amazing woman. The book left me feeling in awe of the courage she displayed against the odds. I can definitely recommend it.
For December I chose Flight Behaviour By Barbara Kingsolver, one of my favourite authors. Despite being busy all month I still found snatched moments to read and I loved this book too. It has a serious message about global warming told through the life of Dellarobia, a young woman, discontent with her poor life on a Appalachian farm, whose life is changed by a beautiful miracle of nature... the flight behaviour of the Monarch butterfly. As with her other books, the characters are so well written than you believe they are real. It was totally absorbing... the sort of book that makes you want to read rapidly to the end but at the same time not get to the end!
And I even had time to start another book during December A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler... which I finished this morning during a trip to A & E. Long story but the suspected cracked ankle that wouldn't support the mister's weight this morning turned out to be Tendonitis.
And this as it turned out was another great book with fabulously written characters. It is the story of the Whitshank family through three generations, telling of the threads that hold them together, their shared stories and secrets. Another book I didn't want to end! I've missed the December link up and Laura is changing the way she is running The Year in Books during 2016 linking up on Twitter and Pinterest rather than her blog. As I am an intermittent user of both I won't be joining in this year but rest assured I resolve to keep reading at least one book a month and will no doubt report back now and then. Having read three excellent books in succession my biggest problem now is choosing my next one.
Lets hope I do better at the reading resolution than the "no alcohol in January" one (photo taken last night)... silly idea if you ask me!