As I said in my previous post, I’m doing the Reading Challenge 2016! (Here‘s the link to get involved)
The first book I read this year was The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling. I’ve had this book for about 2 years, but hadn’t properly got around to reading it. I read the first chapter a few times before but couldn’t really get into it, however, this time I perservered and I’m so glad I did because I absolutely loved this book!
Naturally, I was wary of reading J. K. Rowling’s work after Harry Potter – because how could she top it? – but The Casual Vacancy is only similar to the Harry Potter series in one way, the fact that I was totally captivated. Each character were so interesting and J. K. Rowling didn’t shy away from anything in their lives which was totally shocking but refreshing at the same time.
At first, I struggled to keep up with all the characters but after a while I felt like I knew them better than I knew my friends, what with J. K. Rowling slowly seeping out all their deepest darkest secrets. At one stage I was so impatient to learn a character’s secret that I googled it and ended up spoiling the ending for myself something I massively regret! (I absolutely do not recommend Googling this book AT ALL if you’re going to read it!)
I don’t to give away any of the plot as I don’t want to ruin it but I definitely recommend giving it a read! The beginning is a bit slow and keepng up with the characters to begin with is a bit hard but it is most definitely worth it! This really isn’t the sort of book I normally read, maybe it’s my love of gossip that made me love this book so much, or the how eye-opening it was but either way I absolutely loved it!
So this book checks off ‘A book I bought so long ago, but still haven’t read’ and ‘A book by a female author’. The next book I’m reading is Our Endless Numbered Days by Clare Fuller!