A few things to share from the last few weeks!
These are my latest library loans:
Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
I Feel Bad About My Neck And Other Thoughts On Being a Woman by Nora Ephron
I just finished Ephron's book, and it was one of those books that you just want to grab hold of and never let go. I said on Goodreads that it made me want to run out and read everything Ephron has ever written, and I stand by that statement - funny, honest and smart (and highly recommended).
Sisterland is also excellent. Curtis Sittenfeld is one of my favourite authors, and I expected something fantastic (particularly after the joy that was American Wife) - I'm happy to report that I have not been disappointed in the slightest so far.
I am excited to read Dark Places - I loved Gone Girl, and liked Sharp Objects (which was good, but felt very much like a debut novel), and this is the novel Flynn wrote in between. It seems to centre on a brother and sister, which (as the sister of a brother) I always like reading about.
One book I did get from the library recently (but only photographed the inside of, as above) was Life After Death: 18 Years on Death Row, by Damien Echols. I read this a couple of weekends ago, mostly sitting in the (glorious) sunshine in my garden. Echols is one of the West Memphis Three, who were freed in 2011. That whole case is mind-boggling in its absolute failure of justice for anyone involved, and I would highly recommend the film Paradise Lost (and its sequels), as well as the most recent film West of Memphis, all of which focus on the case. (The book is really good too, but I think the films give a context that the book moves beyond.)
Finally, Girl Reading by Katie Ward - another library loan, and a good (but not great) book that I finished last week. It focuses on the stories of seven different women reading.
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