Ahhhh it’s September, the unofficial start of a new year and a time for new stationery. I’ve haven’t been back to school in a very long time but it’s hard to shake the feeling and I love how everyone feels the same. It feels like a chance to refresh and try new things. As well as read lots of new books. Any excuse really! Though truly it feels like a whole load of newness has arrived in the book world just in time for seasonal shift. Because as much as I love being outdoors reading under the sun, snuggling up with your favourite jumper on is the dream. So with this post I wanted to talk about what I’m reading now.
My oh my what a refreshingly different book. Truly, this isn’t like anything I’ve read before. It’s four siblings who at a young age seek out a physic to have their four tubes told. What they get is the date of their death. The story that follows is their lives as they choose to live them, with the date in mind or not? That’s the question. Despite all the talk of death it isn’t a morbid book, it’s more an exploration of human life and how and why we make choices. I can’t put my finger on what makes this such a good story, I think it’s the combination of excellent writing, unique storyline and the question you are left with, what if they hadn’t known the date of their deaths, would it have all be different? It’s shot up to one of my favourites reads of the year.
I’ve read several reviews on this book now and a fair few describe it as a classic Agatha Christie mixed with Inception. I couldn’t put it better myself. A little less complicated than Inception but there is an element of layered time travel to it that keeps you on your toes. I love a murder mystery. It’s one of my favourite genres to read and I love how there are so many different versions and interpretations of that theme. This is a wonderfully unique one. The confusion of what’s going on from the very first page keeps you guessing until the end. There are so many subtle layers to this book that make it more than just a who dunnit. Like the Immortalists, it gets you thinking about human nature and the choices we make. Not the lightest of topics but a fascinating one. I don’t want to go into too much detail as the blinder you are going into this book the better. This is a perfect one for Autumn as it’s a hefty size but I dare you to try and put it down. I certainly couldn’t and ended up consuming over one weekend.
Oh here I go again about how much I love John Boyne. I’m just about to start this one and am throughly looking forward to it. This one is all about Maurice, a writer who will go to any lengths for a story, as long as it helps him rise to the top. There’s a tricky part to having favourite authors because you’ve obviously read enough or all of their work to feel that way but then you start creating hierarchies of the work which I’m not a fan of doing but it’s hard not to have those thoughts in the back of your mind of - oh I preferred the pace of so and so and he’s isn’t as likeable as so and so. So that’s what I’ll be trying to battle whilst reading this one.