Charlotte Reads Classics

Slowly, slowly, she sipped a sentence.

Just Read Atwood

Delirium, Lauren Oliver

It has been ages since I read a Young Adult book, but I must admit it did fit my mood for quick and easy reading. I would describe Delirium as a simplified version of A Handmaid’s Tale. Fair play to Lauren Oliver to try to compete with the genius that is Margaret Atwood… But come on… there is no competition. I liked the whole idea behind the story – love is determined to be a ‘disease’ all adults are ‘cured’ of (sounds a bit like a lobotomy!) – but everything that happened was so predictable. However, having said that, everything did kind of happen the way I wanted it to. Maybe I’m the predictable one! Still, it sets a much better example than Stephenie Meyer ever managed.

Nuns on the Loose

Sacred Hearts, Sarah Dunant

My summer reading tastes have taken a beating! Do you like historical chick lit? Because apparently I do. Sigh. This books makes nuns (yes, nuns) appear incredibly interesting. It is set in an italian nunnery in the 1500s.

My favourite parts:

  • The old school medicine practice – lots of herbs and folklore
  •  Finding out apparently lots of women were sent to join nunneries because families couldn’t afford dowries for marriage
  • The psychology behind religious rapture and hysteria

When God was a Rabbit

When God Was a Rabbit, Sarah Winman

I love love LOVE this book. It is a very refreshing change to read a story about love between a brother and sister rather than a couple.

The story is split into two parts; 1968 and 1995 where the main character is 9 and 36 respectively. The childhood part was sweetly nostalgic, familiar but really captured the whole sense of innocence clashing with growing up. Winman writes this part so elegantly, and so realistically through a child’s eyes. The second part takes some slightly surprising turns, with (if you’ve read nothing about the plot before you start, which is my style) some very unexpected merging fact and fiction.

There is a lot going on in this novel, but it all works. And the characters are fantastic – all of them are interesting and make for some pretty hilarious and heartwarming incidents. They are a wonderful mix of being completely believable but at the same time I couldn’t help thinking thats brilliant, how did she come up with that?!

I wanted to visit the childhood home, I wanted to stay with the family, I wanted to hug the childhood best friend, and now that I’ve finished it, I want more. In short; there is magic, subtlety, everything. Read it read it read it.

One Moment, One Morning

One Moment, One Morning, Sarah Rayner

I read this on stolen time (i.e. at work) over about six weeks but I’m still counting it! Bit of escapism – got a plot that keeps your interest. It seems all very true to life, a realistic portrayal of grief but there is not enough depth. The fact that I’m finding this really boring to review says enough about this book missing that literary something that would really make me recommend it.