It’s time for #6Degrees and truly, it’s easy to play (no rules, just bookish fun) – join in!
I’m not sure why A Common Loss by Kirsten Tranter ended up on the top of my reading stack. My book group read Tranter’s first book, The Legacy, and whilst they were enthusiastic about it, I was less so. I found The Legacy all a little too obvious, a bit strained, characters lacking true feeling. But in the spirit of giving authors a decent go, especially Australian authors, I picked up A Common Loss.
First off, I should mention that I read the book on my Kindle, some months after a I had actually downloaded it. When I started reading, I had forgotten what the story was about (you don’t have easy access to a jacket blurb on a Kindle – this can be a good or a bad thing!). It’s essentially the story of five college friends, who reunite every year in Las Vegas. However one year they are only four – charismatic Dylan, the mediator, the man each one turned to in a time of crisis is tragically killed. The four remaining friends, sharing their ‘common loss’, meet in Vegas and question who their friend Dylan really was.
I note not revisiting the story blurb before I started the book because I was at least a chapter or two in before I realised that the narrator is a male character, Elliot. Up until that point I assumed the narrator was a female (probably because of the opening scene where an account of moving a dead deer off a road is described with many observations about physical appearances and lack of strength). Whether the narrator is male or female doesn’t really matter but when I realised my error, I had flashbacks to The Legacy, with its unconvincing characters. Were we headed down the same path? Continue reading
The latest Readings newsletter arrived in my letterbox this week. I dare not open it because I know I’ll find reviews and snippets about all sorts of good books that I haven’t yet read.
My pile of books waiting to be read (both physical and ‘virtual’) is embarrassingly huge. In fact, if I didn’t buy another book for two years, I would probably have enough to read. I keep making vague pledges to stop adding to the stack but then I read about a new book – for example Novel Girl’s interview with author Eowyn Ivey about her debut novel, The Snow Child – and my resolution disappears.
So here are the hard facts about my reading stack – 144 titles sitting on my Kindle (*blush*) and 47 unread books on the shelf (*blushes again*). That’s actually about three years worth of reading. Lordy.
What’s ahead? Well The Snow Child of course, The Freudian Slip by Marion von Adlerstein, A Common Loss by Kirsten Tranter, 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami and I’ll probably cave and read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – those and 186 other books!