The first book here then is 'The Help' by Kathryn Stockett.
I know this is a very very popular book, and deservedly so, but if you haven't already read it I thoroughly recommend it!
Next up is a Long 'short' story that my daughter Kia recommended to me 'The Yellow Wallpaper' by Charlotte Perkins GIlman...
|The Yellow Wallper|
The almost total 'rest' cure was a common cure for those of a 'nervous' disposition at the end of the 19th century and the author who suffered from depression for a number of years was given a 'rest cure' she had to 'live as domestic a life as possible' and have only 2 hours of stimulation per day, she was also forbidden to ever write, paint or draw ever again.
After 3 months of this treatment she decided to go against the diagnosis and wrote 'The Yellow Wallpaper' to prove that she had been mis-diagnosed.
This book is strange in that there are so many different interpretations of what the story is about, I'd love to discuss it with anyone who has read it.
Third on my list today is 'The Little House' by one of my favourite authors Philippa Gregory.
|The Little House|
'The Little House' has just been shown as a mini-series on ITV last week and this week and it was my Mum who asked me if I was going to watch it..so I checked out the advert for it and it reminded me of a book I'd read well over 10 years ago, so of course I googled it, read the book synopsis and YES it was the same book!!
So I watched the first episode, enjoyed it and wished I could re-read the book but I'd lent my copy out and never got it back.
Then the next evening my good friend who works in a charity shop came round with a book for me..you'll never guess what it was..'The Little House' he'd picked it up because he knows I love Philippa Gregory (although until the day before I didn't even realise this was by her).
Anyway to get to the point I read this book from cover to cover in probably less than 24 hours...it was every bit as great as I remembered and loads better than the TV version, which was very good too.
A quick synopsis, its a tense psychological thriller about a reluctant mother and a very domineering mother-in-law,obviously I cant ruin it for you but the ending in the book is very very good!
And finally this book that I discovered by accident. 'Bonesetter' by Laurence Dahners.
He has to fend for himself and devises a new way of hunting as well as taking on the traditionally womens tasks of gathering grains and vegetables.
When his mother brings a wounded member of his former tribe for him to help his luck begins to change.
I loved this, it was well written and interesting and obviously well researched. I'm a huge fan of Jean .M. Auel and I think the never ending wait for her next book has made me hungry for some pre-history action!!
'Bonesetter' is I think classed as older childrens fiction,but dont let that put you off its still a great read.
I've just realised that this post is like a novella its so long!!
Does anybody actually bother reading these huge long blog posts?
See you soon.