Stoner - John Williams
My boyfriend works in publishing which means he comes home with free books (amazing, I know). The latest was the much lauded Stoner; the “must read” of 2013, despite first being printed in 1965.
It broke my heart. William Stoner toils through life, inch by inch trying to live to the best of his ability, fading and reading and doggedly bearing the strain of having married the wrong woman.
With each page you will become more and more obsessed with making choices and the consequences of every moment, however fragile or inconsequential they might individually seem.
It is just the story of a man, but it will scrape and worry at your mind until it is lodged there, always.
Need to visit all of these.
Apple Tree Yard - Louise Doughty
I don’t really read thrillers or crime novels (I know, I’m terrible), but this was recommended to me and now I am telling EVERYONE I know to buy a copy. It is the definition of unputdownable.
A woman has an affair and winds up in court on unknown (to the reader) charges. Straightforward enough, but it’s her internalised life: the wife, mother and businesswoman that she is, her decisions, her ideas, her thoughts, her fears that make this book tick.
It’s powerful, upsetting, exhilarating stuff.
We went to the Cotswolds where we sat in windows and read books and walked through the fields to a church. The fields were green and the sky was blue and the wind was bitter and past the church, which was old, we found ruins, and we explored the ruins, walking through the green fields, and then we walked home and drank cider by the fire.
(We read Ernest Hemingway).
Am preparing to move house, and have so far sorted my clothes and random junk, but last night I started sifting through my books… now there’s a happy stack, and a charity shop stack (sob).
This Guardian piece is basically my life right now (via @alice_emily): http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2014/feb/18/moving-books-change-houses-personal-library