The bit at the beginning
Seeing as it’s almost the end of another year I thought it might be nice to have a sort of review of what I’ve read this year. What the best books have been, and the worst, and the most surprising. I’ll probably go on to talk about the books I’d like to read as a result of what I have read.
As I started logging my books from about the beginning of February those are all I will mention. My first review was written in late Febuary so on lists I will highlight books with no reviews in red, books with reviews on this blog will be linked. Those not reviewed on here are reviewed on my thread at The Book Club Forum, if you aren’t a member there (Why not?!) but would like to see a review of something mentioned let me know. I’ll post full reviews for the ‘winners’
So off we go…
Books read (45)
Synopsis (from Amazon)
‘Every family is a ghost story …’ As a child, Charley Benetto was told by his father, ‘You can be a mama’s boy or a daddy’s boy, but you can’t be both.’ So he chooses his father, only to see him disappear when Charley is on the verge of adolescence. Decades later, Charley is a broken man. His life has been destroyed by alcohol and regret. He loses his job. He leaves his family. He hits rock bottom after discovering he won’t be invited to his only daughter’s wedding. And he decides to take his own life. Charley makes a midnight ride to his small hometown: his final journey. But as he staggers into his old house, he makes an astonishing discovery. His mother – who died eight years earlier – is there, and welcomes Charley home as if nothing had ever happened. What follows is the one seemingly ordinary day so many of us yearn for: a chance to make good with a lost parent, to explain the family secrets and to seek forgiveness.
Having read and enjoyed 5 People You Meet in Heaven by the same author I had high hopes for this book- enough that I was worried it would never meet up to my expectations. I was not disappointed. This book was beautiful, I think that is the only word for it. Short but sweet, and in a way I think it would have lost some of it’s charm if it was longer- it would have been overly complicated. The narative, despite it’s strange topic was somehow believable and written in a way that you could actually hear Charley talking. Despite the tough topic of someone you loving dying this story managed to be, maybe not happy, but hopeful. It left me thoughtful and contented.