Book Scavanger 4

A book with an unreliable narrator:

Curious incident of the Dog in the nighttime.


A book with pictures

The curious incident of the dog in nighttime includes some diagrams which, add to the narrative style.


Book Set During wartime

No Angel by Penny Vincenzi

This book covers from the Edwardian era to the First World War. Later books go up to an beyond Second World War.


A book with a month, day or meal in the title

This was originally meant to be one with month or day in the title but, could not find one. So added meal to the catergory; as saw Breakfast at Tiffanies  on the shelf. A very short book as novella rather than novel; only little action but a gentle mysterious aura.


A book bought on a trip

I bought Mark Haddon’s (who also wrote Curious Incident of the night) in Amsterdam airport.

Reading short stories: Mark Haddon and Emma Strout

A book with a family member in the title

Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards. In this book the daughter in the title, is born with Down’s syndrome along with a twin brother. Her Father a doctor, who delivers, her tells his wife that the baby girl has died and gives the baby to the nurse to take to an orphanage. Inevitably the secret does not remain forever.


A book with character’s name in the title

The ‘classic’ Heidi.


A book set in two time periods

The midwives confession by Diane Chamberlain

The book flicks from 1988 early 90s when two babies were born to 2010 when the girl’s are teenagers and the midwife of both kills herself. The book has many twists and turns, before the secrets that prompted the midwives suicide are revealed. I was captivated and read this book in one sitting.

A book bought from a second hand shop


Captain Correlli’s  mandolin by Louis de Bernieres

I have not read it yet. I have been interested in it, since heard a reading from it at someone’s wedding therefore at 50p in a charity shop, it made sense to buy. If nothing else the cover is pretty to look at.

Reading short stories: Mark Haddon and Emma Strout

I do not usually find short stories fit into my prime reading time; in bed at night. Sometimes a short story is more than want to read in one night, but then next night you have barely and left, then hard to go straight into next.

Perhaps short stories are better for daytime reading? I have never taken a book of short stories on holiday.  However, whilst I was at the airport the other week I picked up Mark Haddon ‘a (famous author for Curious Dog in the Night) book of Short Stories The Pier Falls. I read the title story straight away and found it gripping, I could have stayed with the characters longer,  but equally it came to a logical end. The second story The Island, is more mythical, I enjoyed it  muchless but still devoured in the airport. The third story Bunny got the book on track, it is the story of a morbidly obese man; fantastic from first sentences ‘He loved Mars bars and kit Kats. He loved Double Deckers and Galaxy Caramels and Yorkies. He loved Reese’s pieces and Cadbury Crete eggs. He could eat a whole box of Quality Street in one sitting …right until, the very end captivating. The strangely titled Woodwo takes you on a bizzare journey that would not have been predicted from the cosy domestic setting at the start.

I have interrupted reading Hadden’s short stories to read Olive Kitteridge by Emma Stout. I was confused, after saying at book club our next book was short stories to read on the back of the book about it being a novel. In fact it is short stories but all mention the character Olive Kitteridge. The mention may be very small. The first story centred around Olive’s husband at work or the story may centre around neighbours with her just mentioned as being part of a crowd. I’m not sure whether all the stories are going to come to some sort of conclusion in the end. At the moment it is unclear whether the stories are random snapshots or whether together they will say something; they do not necessarily seem to be in chronological order. Again as each story is distinct and does not carry on from each other, it can be awakened reading these at night and not getting though a whole story in one go then having to decide to move from one story directly to the next. Interested to see whether the stories do ultimately intertwine however if they do not some of the stories have made interesting reading; so far I have particularly enjoyed the opening story.