February was a great reading month for me. Gillian Flynn’s ripping thriller Gone Girl absolutely lived up to the raves I’ve been hearing, as did Stephen Chbosky’s poignant and moving coming-of-age tale The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Perhaps less worthy of the hype was Herman Koch’s The Dinner. Though it was undoubtedly a page turner, the preposterous ending lost my vote.
After being smitten with Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette? I chased down her debut This One is Mine and enjoyed it even more. It is compassionate and so, so funny that my husband complained that he couldn’t concentrate on his own book because I was laughing too much.
Out of a strong bunch, my favourite book of the month was Maggie Shipstead’s Seating Arrangements, a contemporary comedy of manners set over a wedding weekend in New England. It was to me, pitch perfect, to the point where I felt a bout of bitter envy of Maggie Shipstead’s talent. Sigh!
As you would know if you read my 2012 reading round-up, I’m trying to balance my reading habits this year, and move away from simply books by US male authors, which seems to be what I gravitate naturally towards. Apart from The Dinner, which I read for the Translation Challenge I’m taking part in, all the books I read this month were American, and I didn’t make any progress towards my Australian Women Writers Challenge. However, 3 out of 5 were by women so I’m improving in that department.
Your turn: Have you read any of these books? What did you think?
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