My favourite read of this week was The Moth: 50 Extraordinary True Stories edited by Catherine Burns. I mentioned this book in my non-fiction recommendations post and it seems this was all the prodding I needed to pick it.
The Moth is a live storytelling event that takes place across America where anyone can pitch to tell their true, first-hand story. Kind of like a poetry reading, but for true stories. I’d never heard of The Moth before picking this book up, but now it is on my bucket list to attend one of these events in person. There is also a podcast which I have just subscribed to but am yet to listen to.
Anyway, back to the book. The stories in this collection are told by a wide range of people. I found each one to be engaging, interesting and very readable. The stories are all very different to each other, but all are moving – several brought tears to my eyes. In what has been a confusing and worrying couple of weeks, this book restored my faith in the goodness of human beings and secured a place on my favourites shelf. You can read more about The Moth here.
The other book I finished this week was totally different and scared the crap out of me. Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes is a thriller/murder/police story with an eery and very creepy twist. It is atmospheric and so well written. This is the second book by Lauren Beukes that I’ve read (the first was The Shining Girls, which was one of my top reads of 2013) and she is well on her way to becoming one of my favourite authors. I won’t lie, I’m a little bit biased as she is South African and it always makes me happy when SA authors make the big time! I’d definitely recommend this book if you like your crime with a whacky twist!
This week I received one book from the publisher for review, and it is a beauty. I have a bit of an odd fixation with anatomical hearts, and the cover of this book is just the most gorgeous thing I have ever seen. How Much the Heart Can Hold is a collection of seven stories by seven authors (only one of whom I’ve read before), all focusing on love; but not the usual romantic kind of love. The stories each tell of a different kind of love and I can’t wait to delve into them and find out more. Published by Sceptre on 3 November, the book is tied to a short story competition ending in February 2017.
Earlier in the week I happened to be hanging around waiting for my daughter to complete her driving theory test (she passed!) and stumbled upon a Waterstones. As we all know, it is impossible to leave a Waterstones book shop empty handed, so I treated myself to four books – I’m just a sucker for their buy one get one half price offer! I bought:
- All Involved by Ryan Gattis, a story based around the LA riots in 1992.
- Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky, a science fiction book that has great reviews on Goodreads.
- A Snow Garden and Other Stories by Rachel Joyce – this will be my one and only ‘festive’ themed read for the year. (Bonus: This edition is only £3.85 on Book Depository at the moment!)
- This is London by Ben Judah – this looks like a fascinating study of immigrants living in London.
Have you read any of these books? I’d love to her your thoughts! What was the best book you read this week?