Fall reading 

Hello October and hello Booktober! 

October is the month out of the year I read the most, probably because of its coldness. 

Like coming home all wet from the rain and drinking some hot tea or hot chocolate and curling up in bed or on the couch reading for hours and hours and hearing the rain pouring down outside. 

Me being a book lover of a certain altitude I thought I would recommend a few books for Booktober

1. Coffin road – Peter May 

“A man stands bewildered on a desert beach on the Hebridean isle of Harris. He cannot remember who he is. The only clue to his identity is a folded map of a path named the coffin road. He does not know where this search will take him. 

A detective from Lewis sits aboard a boat, filled with doubt. DS George Gunn knows that a bludgeoned corpse has been discovered on a remote rock twenty miles offshore. He does not know if he has what it takes to uncover how and why. 

A teenage girl lies in her Edinburgh bedroom, desperate to discover the truth about her scientist father’s suicide. Two years on, Karen Fleming still cannot accept that he would wilfully abandon her. She does not yet know his secret” 

This eco thriller reminds me a great deal of John le carré’s the constant gardener. 

It’s entriguing and keeps you on your toes, and it’s impossible to put down. 

Coffin road is extremely easy read and it’s no literary masterpiece but sometimes we just need an easy book to entertain us.  

2. Basil and Josephine – F. Scott Fitzgerald 

” basil and Josephine charts the coming of age of two privileged youths from quiet midwestern towns, Basil Duke Lee and Josephine Perry – based on Fitzgerald himself and a combination of his first love Ginevra king and his wife Zelda. As one struggles to gain the acceptance of his peers and becomes consumed by ambition, the other finds herself obsessed by teenage crushes and has to confront the pitfalls of popularity”

F. Scott Fitzgerald, I have said it before and I will say it again but he speaks right into my heart. He has a way with words that is hard to describe. 

Just trust me on this, he delivers once again. 

3.  Child 44 – Tom Rob Smith 

“In stain’s soviet Russia the impossible is happening. A murderer is on the loose, killing at will and every belief that security officer Leo Demidov has ever held is shattered. Denounced by his enemies and exiled from home, with only his wife Raisa by his side, Leo must risk everything to find a criminal who the state won’t even admit exsists.” 

This is a page turner

A thriller you dream of reading 

It’s great

4. American rust – Philipp Meyer 

” Isac English is the smartest kid in town, left behind to care for his sick father after his mother commits suicide and his sister lee moves away. Now Isac wants out too. Not even his best friend,billy Poe, can stand in his way; broad- shoulderd, big- jawed Billy, always ready for a fight, still living in his mothers trailer. Then, on the very day of isaac’s leaving, something happens that changes the two friends’ fates and tests the loyalties of their friendship and those of their lovers, families and the town itself” 

This book is compellingly engaging. It’s one of a kind and Meyers writing reminds of Steinbeck.
5. All the light we cannot see – Anthony Doeer  

” for Marie- laure, blind since age of six, the world is full of mazes. The miniature of a Paris neighborhood, made by her father to teach her the way home. The microscopic layers within the invaluable diamond that her father guards in the museum of natural history. The walled  city by the sea, where father and daughter take refuge when the nazis invade Paris. And a future which draws her closer to Werner, a German orphan, destined to labour in the mines until a broken radio fills his life with possibility and brings him to the notice of the hitler youth”

This book won the Pulitzer Prize in 2015 and by good reason. It has been one of the better novels I have read this year… beautifully written and so emotionally plangent that some passages bring tears in your eyes 

Charlie xx

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