For my Christmas I was lucky enough to be gifted a book gift card and I went and spent it on a few new books!
Both The Power by Naomi Alderman and The Melody by Jim Crace were on my most recent to read list and due to this I had to purchase them!
The Power is a science fiction novel that was written by Naomi Alderman and released in 2016. It won the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2017. It is a book that centres around gender and how when woman start to have powers such as producing electricity from their fingers they become the dominant gender. This is Naomi Aldermans fourth novel
The Melody by Jim Crace is psychological fiction that was released in 2018. It is centred around Alfred Busi who is famed in his town for his music. He is mourning the loss of his wife and one night he is attacked by a creature he disturbs. He believes it was an ‘innocent and wild’ child and these thoughts spark flames of an old rumour – of an ancient race of people living in the bosk surrounding the town.
Song of the Dead was written by Douglas Lindsay and was published in 2016. It is the first in the DI Westphall novel and it follows him as he investigates the case of John Baden. A dead man who walks into a police station who tells a story of kidnapping and organ harvesting. I am excited to read this as I love a police series!
Many thanks, Caitlin x
(PS Please comment if you have ever read these books !)
People’s reading experiences can be completely different from one another, even if reading the same book and it can be down to the simplest of things such as where you are reading it. It can be extremely important to read a book in your own way and can affect the way you interpret the way you comprehend the book. Some people like to read in public places like cafes or coffee shops whereas others prefer to read in their own space.
Personally, I find reading much more enjoyable when I am on my own and it is fairly quite. It allows me to concentrate fully on the story and become fully involved. Therefore before I go to sleep, I always take the time to read a little in bed. Even just one page or a paragraph as it makes me feel like I have accomplished something. I have completed a task that day and it makes me feel good.
I also often read when I have a little bit of spare time, whether it is on my break at work or when I’m finished work at college. It gives me time to step away from what I was doing and relax.
Reading in a bookshop or library is also a great place as you are surrounded by other books and are in a quite space. It is interesting as you can read these books whilst being in a space with a scent that is easily recognisable and often liked.
I know of people who prefer to read in the company of others or with a little bit of background noise as it allow them to feel involved in the story. Like you are a part of what the character is doing. For example if the character is in a café and that’s where you are reading your book it can make you feel much more involved. I can read a book with noise but it usually has to be a book I absolutely love or I am totally engrossed in otherwise I can’t always focus on the book in the way I would like to.
A place where a person chooses to read is a very personal thing and I believe it affects the way someone enjoys a book. Everyone’s opinions are different and I think that it makes sense. I personally like to read in my bed or somewhere comfy and quite whereas others would prefer to read in a café or coffee shop and I think that this is a personal choice and is very important to understand.