‘The Lovely Bones’

Now, I know I’m a little late…finally reading this book JUST before it comes out in the cinema…but I loved it so much, that I read it in about 6 hours! Immediately, I found myself completely engrossed and although I knew the basic plot from the film trailer and friends blabbing…a part of me wasn’t expecting it to be so immediate.

Written by Alice Seabold, ‘The Lovely Bones’ tells the tragic tale of Susie Salmon, a 14 year old girl who is murdered by a neighbour. It details the struggle of her family to deal with it, but is written from Susie’s perspective in ‘her heaven’. Although the family dynamic changes through the novel, with her mother initially moving away, her sister desperate to be more than ‘the dead girl’s sister’ and her father determined to prove that his instinct about the mysterious Mr Harvey is right; at the end, the family come back together under Susie’s watchful eyes and finally they can all be at peace with her murder.

I found the whole book heart-achingly beautiful in the face of tragedy. It moved me to tears, froze me to the core with fear and ultimately gave me a cathartic feeling of closure and calm at the end, reflecting the emotions of the characters also. I loved every page.


Eat, Pray, Love

So, after three years of studying English…reading hundreds of books for consumption, I finally went into Waterstones and bought 3 random books that I actually wanted to read! Now, this is not to say that I didn’t want to read or enjoy reading any of the books from the curriculum…but when you know you have to read about 4 different books from completely different genres every week to a deadline, it does tend to take some of the fun out of reading.

Anyway, I spent ages wandering around Waterstones trying to find three random books that interested me and ended up with…

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Lovely Bones by Alice Seabold

The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

…and for spending over £10 I got On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan (for about £4…)

At the moment, I’m reading Eat, Pray, Love and already am feeling both thrilled to be reading for pleasure again, and utterly inspired! I’m only a quarter of the way through but find myself completely drawn in!

An introduction to the story, for those who haven’t read it yet…Liz is thirty-something, married and desperately unhappy. After finally making the decision to leave her husband, he makes the divorce extremely bittter and difficult for her, this perhaps being the reason for her fling with David. She soon embarks on a life and faith altering journey and although I haven’t read much further than this…already I’m engrossed. Her strength and courage, along with a variety of interesting characters makes it clear why it’s “The Number One Bestseller that everyone is talking about”.

Anywho, I will do a more detailed review when I’ve finished it! So far, I would definitely recommend it…in fact, I already have done, to my housemate!