I’m back in the swing of things now. This month, I re-read the entire Harry Potter series. I have no regrets. I read two new books too; one I hated and one I loved.
Harry Potter 1-7 by J K Rowling
While reading 7 books in just over 2 weeks may seem like a very academic exercise, re-reading Harry Potter was the greatest indulgence. After a (fantastic) suggestion by a colleague who recently re-read the series, I took the challenge on myself. I really thought that as an adult now with a job and a flat to keep tidy and showers to take etc. I would probably see through the story I loved throughout my childhood. I didn’t expect to get totally and utterly sucked into the story, reading during my lunch break, all evening and way past my bed time. I loved every minute of it.
Violette Szabo: The Life that I Have by Susan Ottaway
I hated this book with a fury that I don’t think it deserves, really. I just do not understand how you can take the topic ‘female spy working with the French Resistance in WWII who is captured’ and make it mind numbingly boring. Maybe I just wasn’t in the mood. I was in a very bad post-Harry Potter come down.
White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
Written as a letter from Balram Halwai to the Chinese PM to describe the India he won’t see on his visit to Delhi. The India that is tough and kind of gross and funny and slightly magical because I don’t have to live in a slum. We visited India a few years ago and reading this brought back a lot of memories from being there and added a whole new layer to what I saw. I wasn’t too keen on the letter format at first because if it’s not done well, it can be really distracting. It was done well. loved this book.