January was as busy as December, if not more. Since mid-December, we’ve had plans every weekend: gathering with friends, a photography exhibition, hiking trips to the Lake and Peak Districts, date nights, birthday dinners… I still found the time to squeeze in a bit of reading, though not as much as I would have liked.
I also recently rediscovered Goodreads and I am really enjoying finding new books and adding them to my to-read list – a list that grows daily. For those interested, you can find me here.
So far, February has been a quiet month and I’m hoping to tick a few more books off that reading list!
Edge of Eternity (The Century Trilogy) | Ken Follett
It took me several hours to get through this one, but every minute was worth it. I read the first two books in French and was waiting for the translation of this one but after visiting Berlin in December, I cracked and downloaded the English version to my Kindle. Edge of Eternity is a perfect novel for history lovers; it follows five interrelated families living in the United States, Germany, England and Russia from the early sixties to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 through many historical events. It is amazingly well written and makes you feel as if you were there. I don’t think it is necessary to have read the two previous books to understand this one, but it’s always a bonus – Fall of Giants and Winter of the World are also remarkable novels.
Hidden Histories | Mary-Ann Ochata
A beautiful hardcover offered to me by my mother-in-law for Christmas, and totally the kind of book you leave on your coffee table to read a few pages from when you have a minute to spare… It explains the rich history of the British landscape: its hills and mountains, castles, forts and ruins. An interesting read for anyone who likes to walk or hike in England.
Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls | David Sedaris
A funny collection of essays and short stories, and a good read if you like sarcastic humour. David Sedaris is an American writer and comedian living in England and travelling the world of which he has a very ‘biting’ vision. I laughed out loud while reading some stories but honestly, some of them were a bit boring… It’s not a bad book but I wouldn’t read it twice.