Sofa reading, March 2018

This month we’re both writing about first novels which we enjoyed reading recently.

Liz…Has a book landed in your lap and the stars aligned for it to be just what you were ready to read.  This happened to me when I picked up a copy of Laura McBride’s book We Are Called to Rise, the title coming from the poem by Emily Dickinson. When I should have been attending to other matters my head was stuck in this novel turning page after page until I finished it.

The book’s focus is on the seemingly randomless of how lives can change in an instant for good or ill.  The location is Las Vegas in the first decade of the 21st century.  A middle-aged woman whose marriage is on the rocks,  an eight-year old Albanian immigrant, a young soldier returned from Iraq with PTSD and a child defense advocate each take turns to narrate their stories which culminate as their lives intersect.  Each must rise to deal with what life has dealt them.

This novel  has a thoughtful  well-told narrative which I really liked.

MikeThe Keeper of Lost Things was the debut novel by Ruth Hogan, published during 2017.  I read it on the recommendation of a couple of friends and glad that I did as it was one of the best books that I read last year.

It’s rare that a book makes me laugh out loud or shed a tear or two but surprisingly this one did both.  The story started rather intriguingly and thankfully finished with no loose ends.  It switches between present and past, and is set in London and Brighton. There are some colourful characters including Bomber and Sunshine.

Her next book The Particular Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes is published in May which I hope will be as enjoyable as this one was.

Happy reading, and have a good Easter!


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23 Responses to Sofa reading, March 2018

  1. Jo says:

    They both sound like really good books. I’ve heard other good reviews of The Keeper of Lost Things and saw it in a charity shop recently but decided not to pick it up, I wish I had now. I think I’ll put it on my list and hope that I’m lucky enough to come across it again.

  2. Glo says:

    I also recently read the Keeper of Lost Things and thoroughly enjoyed it!

  3. CJ says:

    They sound like great books. I’d like a little more reading time at the moment, I haven’t read much fiction for a while and I’m missing it. There is a big pile of books waiting for me though! CJ xx

    • Liz says:

      CJ. Like you, I don’t read nearly as many books as I’d like to. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your point of view!), we’ve had so much rain recently that I’ve had a little more time to “sofa fly”.

    • Flighty says:

      CJ they sure are. You should always find time to read. I guess that we all have a pile to read. xx

  4. nikkipolani says:

    Nothing like a good laugh out loud book! Sounds like you both got winners.

  5. Both sound interesting. Thanks for the recommendation! X

  6. Liz says:

    Mike, it sounds as though your book is a winner. I’ll put it on my list!

  7. Chloris says:

    I enjoyed The Keeper of Lost Things too.

  8. The Keeper of Lost Things was one of my favourite reads last year. I’ve got through a HUGE pile of books since I broke my wrist. ‘Meet me at the Museum’ is my favourite so far. Have a great Easter x

    • Flighty says:

      Michelle it was a very popular book, and rightly so. I’m not surprised. I’m looking forward to reading Meet Me at the Museum. Thanks, and you too. xx

  9. snowbird says:

    Both books sound right up my street, I shall look out for them. Thanks for the recommendations!xxx

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