Firstly, I’ve still been reading quite a bit, and working my way through my book lists for the year. I am too lazy to write a review of each, and not really all that good at book reviews anyway, but I do want to keep a record of what I’ve read, so I’m just going to list them here and maybe make a comment or two.
Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carrol.
Didn’t love it, but E5 did. Maybe I found the nonsense slightly frustrating at times. Anyway… it still remains a must read at least once in childhood and maybe even as an adult, but I’m happy to borrow it, and for me it’s not a must own.
Morgan’s Run – Colleen McCullough
Loved this book. It’s the story of a man Richard Morgan who is falsely accused of a crime in and found himself transported to Botany Bay (Australia’s first penal colony) in 1788 on the First Fleet. It is a great tale which spans the years from 1775 until 1793 and depicts life for a convict in Botany Bay and later when he is transported to Norfolk Island. I loved learning about this period of time. Richard Morgan’s name is in fact listed on the historical records as being a convict on the first fleet, and did live on Norfolk Island. I was fascinated by this because there was also a convict on the First Fleet whose surname is my maiden name. I’m not descended from him because it seems he died a couple of years after arriving and before becoming a free man. There are no records of offspring.
The Sea – John Banville
Hmmm…I liked this book, but didn’t really leave a lasting impression. Well written etc, but didn’t do anything for me.(Is that bad? It’s a prize winner and all.)
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
I was so looking forward to reading this book, but I’m sorry to say I didn’t finish it. Just didn’t really get into it. I know I’ll revisit it someday though. I’ve read great reviews though! he he. Oh, and I own it, so I know I’ll try again someday.
The Willoughbys – Lois Lowry
Grabbed this off the shelf in the children’s section at the library the other day. I’d heard it was good. I read it myself to see if it’d be a good one for the kids. Almost all the way through I had my doubts that I’d read it to them, but when I got to the last few pages, I decided it’s probably a goer. It’s a book about four children who decide that since they have such ghastly parents, they should really be orphans. It’s full of great words like nefarious and irascible and odious, but has a glossary at the back for the youngsters. It’s a booky book in that it references other great old fashioned stories like Mary Poppins and The Secret Garden and Heidi. It’s was a bit Roald Dahl-ish in it’s slightly dark story, and was also very funny, and I loved the perfect ending.
And speaking of books, I paid more fines at the library the other day…my husband jokes that they should roll out a red carpet for me when I come since I probably nearly own the place by now. I should get VIP service he reckons…. So, I so needed this! This is ELF! It’s a personal email reminder service that can track multiple library cards and send you customised emails when your books are nearly due or over due. (I still don’t know why the library can’t do this itself. In my case they only send an email when you already have a lot of fines owing and they’re getting to the point of charging you for the books.) But anyway….I hope it works for me!