When I was younger I used to be a real bookworm until I discovered the internet and then books kind of took a backseat. However this year I've really gotten back into it so I thought I'd share what I've been reading because I love reading posts like this as I'm rubbish discovering different authors, I tend to stick to what I know...which you can probably tell seeing as this post is all based on the same author! I found this trio by Sebastian Faulks in a charity shop (where I buy the majority of my books) and snapped them up right away because I adored Birdsong, even though it depressed me (I was in hospital at the time so had too much spare time to think, it was just too deep haha!)
So I started off with Engleby, I hated the unreliable narrator from the off, he was such an asshole and I kind of guessed the answer to the 'mystery' very early on but saying that I really enjoyed it...I love a book where you can really get into a character's head, even if you don't necessarily like what's going on in there!
Next up was A Possible Life, the most recommended of the three. It has five separate stories spanning different locations, years and characters yet is described as a novel which I don't think is misleading seeing as each tale is linked, sometimes obviously like the same buildings being featured and others are themes that I think are really down to the reader to individually decide. That's what I love about books, film and art, unlike science or maths there is no 'answer' to what you should take from them which makes them a more personal experience. However my experience of the book wasn't all that good, some stories I loved and others I found incredibly boring. I appreciate the concept of linking the stories together but I kind of felt the author was being a bit too clever. But if you like thought provoking texts give it a go and if not there you can still read them as separate short stories because there are a couple that are worth the read by themselves.
Finally, A Week In December. It took me a while to get into it and I found myself having to go back to chapters to remind myself who certain people were because there are just so many characters (who are all somehow linked, kind of like a six degrees of separation thing.) It took me a while to get into it but in the end I found it an enjoyable satire despite the dark themes.
I can see how Faulks stuff isn't everyone's cup of tea as they're not exactly light hearted reads but they can be worth the extra effort. None of these quite matched up to Birdsong I think that's just one of those special books that he's not going to top!
Have you read any of these? Do you have any recommendations? Hope this post hasn't come across as me trying to be clever or anything haha I'm no expert but just thought I'd share what I thought!