Just two books read this month ... and both are my Book Club selections: one for July's and one for next month's meeting.
The first was 2013 Man Booker prize-winner "The Luminaries" by Eleanor Catton. I've diverted from my normal front cover images because this was a beast of a hardback to hold ... all 832 pages of it! Set in the 1860s New Zealand gold-rush, it's a Victorian-style novel, full of wordy descriptions and lengthy character developments, where the action unfolds quite slowly but gathers pace once you have been introduced to the twelve main characters, an unexpected interloper and the unsolved crimes that concern them. Unfortunately that takes over half the book ... which is constructed around astrological charts with twelve "chapters", each half the length of the previous one. Not an easy read, but a cleverly constructed puzzle book which I would quite like to have another go at now that I know what's what (just not for a while).