February went by very quickly but I still managed to read three books – well, one I actually finished on March 1st but I’m still going to include it in this roundup!
This was a very intriguing and engaging read from the very first page. I had preconceptions merely from the title that it might be about a life long love story and romantic in nature. However, it is actually about how a man finds himself gaining an obsessive stalker through their mutual experience of a freak accident involving a hot air balloon. It is fascinating and has you questioning the sanity of both parties and how their behaviour would appear to an outsider. For me so far in my reading ‘back catalogue’ it was a unique and captivating story. I also think Ian McEwan’s writing style is amazing and I really enjoy his descriptions. 4/5
The first of Jane Austen’s novels I read this month was Northanger Abbey. I’d not seen any adaptions of this so the story was completely new to me; I always prefer to read a book first before watching any film or television portrayals! I feel it allows you to form a more uninfluenced image in your head which is all part of the fun with books. This satire of Gothic novels follows young heroine Catherine Morland on a story that takes her to Bath and then onto the spooky, or not so spooky, Northanger Abbey, residence of the Tilney family. Of course, she makes friends and acquaintances, has admirers and finds herself admiring one man in particular. I’m a huge Jane Austen fan so I was never not going to like this, it has wit and humour as well as endearing and shocking characters. Also, it is largely set in Bath which I absolutely loved as I live nearby and visit regularly! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I watched a film adaption straight after finishing as I didn’t want the experience to end quite yet. 4/5
As I was completely immersed in the world of Austen, as has always happened after I’ve finished one of her books, I decided to dive straight into the last of Austen’s novels I had left to read – Persuasion. I still have Lady Susan to read but I don’t know if that really counts as a novel… Anyway, Persuasion was delightful! I found it rather slow to start but once I was into it on the second sitting I completely devoured it. It follows 27 year old Anne Elliott of the Elliott family of Kellynch Hall. Seven years earlier she fell in love and embarked on an engagement to Frederick Wentworth, which was not approved of by her family or friends and she was persuaded to give it up. In the present day her family are forced to leave their ancestral home and lower their expenses because of financial difficulties. Their home is let to an Admiral and his wife, who just happens to be the sister of Frederick (Captain) Wentworth… I will leave it there as to the plot. 😉 I loved this novel and I reckon it is my second favourite Austen novel after Pride and Prejudice… Probably. It’s been a while since I’ve read the others! I am a sucker for this time period and Jane Austen just completely captivates me with her stories! Loved it. 5/5
Love Nicole xxxx