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December 2014 Reading Round-Up

Happy new year! It occurred to me yesterday that I hadn’t written or posted my December round-up so I’ve decided to post it just before my year round up – it would make no sense to post it afterwards but at the same time I like to record each month. A few days after Christmas the weather suddenly turned from autumnal to wintry; a bit late, especially for my nephew who had convinced himself that it snows at Christmas; but it was nice to have it.

All books are works of fiction.

The Books

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Emily St John Mandel: Station Eleven – A virus wipes out most of humanity and in its stead also everything of the world as we know it. I’m going to have to re-read some reviews because I ended the book wondering where the point had gone and where the last few pieces of the puzzle were; there’s nothing new here that hasn’t been written already in recent years by many others.

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Natasha Solomons: Mr Rosenblum’s List – A Jewish German refugee takes to heart the guidelines he is given and lives his life around the goal of becoming an Englishman. A lot to love here.

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Susanna Fraser: A Christmas Reunion – On leave from the military, Gabriel arrives home where he lived with his family until he and his cousins’ cousin shared a kiss. Strictly okay.

It would be Mr Rosenblum’s List this month. It was a long time coming, I should’ve read it years ago, and whilst it wasn’t quite as expected it didn’t disappoint.

Quotation Report

None this time.

And so once again it’s back to a blank page… at least in theory. I carry over three classics this year and, as you might expect, they’re all rather long, so we’ll see how I fair.

What was your favourite book of the month?


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