After not reading at all in August, I set myself a reasonably doable target of reading two novels in September – a target that I thankfully managed to achieve! (YAYAY!) I finally finished reading ’50 Greatest Short Stories’ a book that I have had for a few years now but just postponed reading. I also read ‘A Place Called Here’ by Cecelia Ahern. I picked up a Cecelia Ahern novel because her novels are usually easy reads. I also read a review of the book by Bookish Refreshment and I decided to give it a try. Here are my quick reviews of the two reads:
- 50 Greatest Short Stories by Various Authors: This novel is a collection of the best short stories from famous classic writers from Charles Dickens to Anton Chekov to Rudyard Kipling to Saki to Guy De Maupassant and many others. I love short stories – they are so fun and easy to read. My favourite short story writer is Jeffery Archer, if you haven’t read his short stories go pick up a book now. I love classic novels – I’ve read a lot of them and reading these short stories was like reading a bit of all of these amazing authors in one go. The short stories covered a variety of themes some horror, some comic and some romantic. While I found some stories enthralling, some others were lengthy and not very captivating. Would I recommend it? I’d recommend it to people who like reading short stories but I wouldn’t call it a must read. Rating: 3/5
- A Place Called Here by Cecilia Ahern: I’m reading a Cecilia Ahern novel after a really long time. I absolutely loved ‘PS:I Love You’ – definitely one of the best written love stories ever. But her novels after that failed to impress me. When I came across the book review for ‘A Place Called Here’, I decided to give it a try. The novel is about a woman called Sandy Shortt who is obsessed with finding all things and people that go missing. This obsession of hers kicks in when she’s 10 years old and a girl in her neighbourhood goes missing. She spends most of her life after obsessively locking for that missing sock, the missing earring and things that people usually find easy to let go of. This obsession of her ruins most of her relationships including the one with her parents. But then one day Sandy goes missing herself and finds herself in the place where all things go missing. While I wasn’t a fan of how the plotline goes from when Sandy finds the place where all things go missing, I did like a few key messages in the novel. I believe the novel talks about ‘letting go of things we’ve lost’. The book picks up the stories of two people Sandy & Jack to describe how they’re both letting their lives get ruined obsessing over things they’ve lost in the past. I think it also means to tell the difference between the different situations where looking for things lost is good and fruitful and where it is totally life wrecking. I think the theme is an amazing and thought provoking one but I didn’t enjoy the story telling as such. It was a very light read – it took me 5 days to complete. Rating: 3/5
My goal for October is to read 4 novels – here’s hoping I achieve that goal. What did you read in September? Any recommendations for what I can read in October?
Stay safe, cozy and read on! ❤
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