Book Pile

Book Pile

Only it is trying not to be a Book Pile anymore – or indeed a pile of books. There will always be books to read, but i have come to the conclusion that i can only read 2-3 books in a month and one of them is the library reading group book, so that only leaves me 2. I have decided not to buy any more books until i have read all the ones that are waiting on my shelf, that was after i sent 25 books to the local charity shop, some read, some not, some i have had years and not read and some i have had no time at all, but still they haven’t been read. This year is all about ‘change’ and with change comes ‘acceptance’ and ‘taking control.’ I hope you enjoy the little selection i have for you this week.

the-tenderness-of-wolvesTenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney

This was one of the library’s summer reads and whereas i would normally gather up as many of them as i could this time i chose just this one, and i must say i chose very well.

The Tenderness of Wolves is a murder-mystery set in the 1860’s in Canada, when Canada is more wilderness than community and it is set in winter and in Canada in the winter it snows. This was Stef Penney’s first novel and was published originally in 2006, this being its 10th anniversary and i cannot believe that it has taken me this long to read it.  She may talk a lot about snow, they may be lots of snow around, but it is so beautifully written i couldn’t put it down. In fact, i told my daughter to read it because i wanted to write like Stef Penney!

A French Trapper, Laurent Jammett is found brutally murdered in his cabin at the edge of the town of Caulfield. A young man by the name of Francis Ross goes missing shortly after the body is found by his mother and is suspected of the crime, Company men set out to find him, arrest him and bring him back for trial.  However, while they are away another trapper, Parker is arrested as he is seen coming out of the Jammett’s cabin.  There is no jail and so he is locked in a barn, from where he escapes, and he come to Mrs Ross for help and together they set out into what is little more than wilderness to find Francis. Then another group of men set out to look for Parker and Mrs Ross, but by this time, which as been several weeks in bad weather they believe they will be bringing back bodies.

Snow or no snow there is enough intrigue to carry you the reader forward through the snow storms. The trudging through snow does cause the story the story to sag a little in the middle, but it soon picks up again. If you haven’t read this yet, this could be your winter read, whilst you are all snuggled up indoors under a blanket.

5 stars

lost-childThe Lost Child by Caryl Phillips – Library reading group read

As i read the first chapter of this book i was hook. It was beautifully written historical fictitious account of the arrival of Heathcliff and his mother to England via ship from the New World.

The second chapter was set in modern times and left me confused as to what the book was about. In the end i read the blurb on the back on the book and was left wondering how that actually connected to the book at all. The second chapter was very different, but well written and so i decided to carry on reading to see where it would lead. It was a big mistake. I should have cut my losses and run – fast!!

In the middle of the book there is another chapter written in the same likeness as the first about the Bronte sisters, but yet i have no idea how it connected to the book in general. From there on until i gave up reading it (about 3/4) way through it was all down hill. I can’t waste my time on saying any more…

2 stars

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2 thoughts on “Book Pile

  1. You are so so right about not taking on more books than can be read! And thank you for the reviews – I’m a sucker for books that promise to give me a different point of view on a classic, so I might have tackled The Lost Child expecting it to tell me all about Heathcliff’s view of things, and wasted my time too.

    And The Tenderness of Wolves sounds fascinating. 🙂

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