In September, I eventually finished 'The Goldfinch'. It was hard work in the end and I didn't enjoy the last 300 pages much. I ceased to care very much for Theo and skipped over the rather complex business of how the painting was found; lost again and then returned for a large reward. There were too many characters; too much violence for my taste; and the aspects of the novel I was enjoying, such as the Theo's relationship with Hobie and Alice, were not really developed.
So my October choices are much lighter, easy reading. Many other readers who post on The Year in Books have recommended 'The Rosie Project', so I'm now reading it too. I love it and am already nearly half way through. Don is utterly charming and a much more pleasant companion than Theo (Is it just me who considers characters in books in this way - especially when there is a first person narrator?) But I am a little uncomfortable with the humour in this book. Should we be laughing at the results of Don's social blunders because of his Asperger's Syndrome? My experience of teaching children with Asperger's suggests that their lives are much more challenging than this. My other September read was 'The Reason I Jump', which was written by a Japanese boy and translated by David Mitchell, gives a better insight into autistic spectrum brains.
I have also borrowed from the library 'How to Build a Girl' by Caitlin Moran which I'm looking forward to - I love her writing. And I have reserved 'We are all Completely Beside Ourselves' by Karen Joy Fowler . I know nothing at all about this book but the title is intriguing.
Nothing too demanding then: I'm beginning to wonder if my capacity to cope with more serious intellectual books is declining and that is why I didn't like 'The Goldfinch while others loved it.