Bloggers Kindle Book Club: March

Wednesday 2 April 2014

Good evening everyone! I hope you are all well. I am finally getting back into blogging, I have lots and lots planned, so you will have plenty to read. This week I have to talk about how the Bloggers Kindle Book Club is going!

Our first month's book was 'Life after Life' by Kate Atkinson, and this is the book that I chose myself.

I have to admit, that this book was really difficult to get in to, and remains half finished on my tablet. It's not because I didn't enjoy the book, because I am still trying to finish it. I think the problem I found with the book is that it takes time for you to wrap your head around it. I didn't start this book until half way through the month as it was, simply because I had been so busy with moving a settling in.

Here's the synopsis for the book: 'During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath.

During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale.
What if there were second chances? And third chance? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from it's own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?
Life after Life follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. With wit and compassion, Kate Atkinson finds warmth even in life's bleakest moment, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past. Here she is at her most profound and inventive, in a novel that celebrates the best and worst of outselves'

Without giving too much away, this book is very ambiguous. We follow the life of Ursula, who keeps dying over and over, but getting the chance to relive her life each time. When the group discussed the book, we couldn't all decide what the author was trying to say Ursula was doing. Whether she was time travelling, or simply having foresight, being reincarnated, or whether the author was simply exploring how one small action can set off a chain of events. For me this presented a problem with the book, because I was so confused with what the author was trying to say, that I often had to re-read sections due to getting lost. 

Another thing I found with this book, was that I really didn't like the choices that Ursula made, in fact a lot of the time I wanted to reach into the book and slap her! Though I think the author was simply trying to make a statement about the naivety of women in that era, especially when it came to men, marriage and sex. In fact there was only one character in the whole book that I found I liked, Pamela, and even then I feel like her character is very basic. 

Although I still have half to read, I am confident that I will finish this book, it's just taking me much longer than I would like. Based on what I have read I would give the book a 5/10, and that's mainly due to the difficulties that I have faced when reading it. However overall the story-line is interesting and carries your attention through, despite the author making it much harder work for you!

So with that book out of the way, we can move onto this month's book which has been chosen by Nicola, and it is, The Forgotten Daughter by Renita D'Silva. If you want to join the #BKBC then all you need to do is join up to our Facebook Group and get reading! We have monthly chats to discuss the books we have read, and each month a member gets to pick the next book we read, providing it is on Amazon Kindle Store, and is under £5. Hope to see some new faces next month!
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