Monday, February 27, 2012

4 Out of 20

I gave myself a reading challenge this year of 20 books. It doesn't seem like much and I hope to be reading more. I really suffer from lack of time and conflicting hobbies. Most of my reading is done during my train commute to work. But it's always a toss up between reading, or knitting and listening to podcasts. My aim is to at least get through all the books chosen for bookclub. I've been part of the same bookclub for nearly 9 years. I love the group of people I catch up with once a month and even though our whole meeting isn't always spent discussing the book, I've made some really good friends and read some books I would never have chosen.

The Adventures of Sherlock HolmesThe Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I decided to read this after watching the new Sherlock Holmes movie and my curret obsession with Season 2 of the BBC prodution of Sherlock.

What I didn't realise was that The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a series of short stories. I didn't mind this as it meant I didn't have to wait long to see "whodunnit". But the problem with condensing a mystery novel into a few pages, is that each story aren't that detailed and it makes you feel like you're just reading about a series of events.

My main problem with this book is that Arthur Conan Doyle keeps Sherlock's observations until they are at the point where the mystery is revealed. There isn't enough information given to the reader so that they may try to work out who the culprit is.

I'd recommend this book if you are happy to let the story play out and not try to work out the puzzle yourself.


Extremely Loud and Incredibly CloseExtremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another bookclub book. This time we didn't choose it because they had made a movie of it (I'm starting to feel that this is the basis of my book choices). We previously read Everything is Illuminated also by Jonathan Safran Foer for bookclub, but I have to admit I didn't get through that one. This, I managed to finish and quite enjoyed it.

It threw me a bit because there are two narrators in the book and for ages I couldn't work out who the second person was and how they were related to Oskar. Some seriously quirky characters in this book and strange strange relationships. Mainly the relationship between the Grandmother and the Grandfather. I felt sad for her because it was really a case of unrequited love.

There was one bit near the end of the book that had me in tears but overall I really enjoyed it. Now, whether or not I should go see the movie.

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1 comment:

  1. I'd so agree with Sherlock Holmes. You just have to be a witness to his brilliance. You can't work it out.

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