Resistance ~ Owen Sheers
£7.99 | Faber & Faber | 2008
Resistance is the story of what could have happened if the German army had successfully invaded and occupied Great Britain during World War II. I've always loved war novels, so as soon as I heard about this from Leena's video I knew I had to read it. I've currently lent it out to a friend because she got sick of me raving about it and had to read it for herself.
The ending of this novel is really masterfully written, but the whole thing is pretty fantastic; I saw one review which described it as a series of character studies rather than action-packed and I'd have to agree; it's quite a 'still' novel. Very highly recommended!
Purge ~ Sofi Oksanen
£7.99 | Atlantic Books | 2008
This novel was a set text for a unit on European Integration that I'm doing this semester and so I didn't have particularly high expectations going into it, but it was very good.
It's the story of how the Soviet regime affected one family in rural Estonia. I knew nothing at all about Baltic history before I read this book so I found it very fascinating.
Even at the end of the book, when you think you know what to expect, Oksanen surprises you - and I still haven't made sense of the ending!
The Understudy ~ David Nicholls
£7.99 | Villard | 2007
I read One Day and Starter For Ten back in 2011 when there was all the hype around the One Day film and was disappointed by both, so I don't know why I still expected such amazing things from The Understudy. It was alright, but given that most booklovers have the 'to-read list beyond life expectancy' problem, I wouldn't really recommend it. Sorry!
Jane Eyre ~ Charlotte Bronte
£5.99 | Sterling (Classic Lines - though obviously there are loads of editions) | 1847 - this edition 2012
I actually listened to the Craftlit audiobook-with-benefits of this which was fantastic. Can't believe I left it this long to read it. I'm afraid, even a month after finishing it, I can't come up with any reaction to the ending other than 'SQUEEEEE!' If you're umm-ing and ahh-ing about trying a classic novel, I'd recommend Jane Eyre!
What have you read recently, and what did you think of it?