I cannot believe that we've come to the end of December already. This was a pretty busy month for me work-wise, but I'm happy to say that I still managed to find time to read four books (so pretty much a book a week!).
The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue (2008, Picador)
The Little Friend by Donna Tartt (2002, Vintage)
I read The Secret History in 2013, and was excited to read Tartt's next work, basically so I can justify buying The Goldfinch which was one of the year's big releases. This novel is set sometime in the late 1960s, early 1970s, in Mississippi. Harriet's older brother was found dead on Mother's Day several years ago, and one summer Harriet takes it upon herself to try and find out who killed her brother. Tartt's writing vividly brings to life the town of Alexandria and the stifling heat and the sinister atmosphere this brings with it. All the characters are brilliantly drawn as well, from Harriet to her great aunts to the family of criminals Harriet comes to interact with. However, this novel was over 500 pages long and didn't really need to be, in my opinion. This meant that it did drag somewhat, and then massively sped up in the final few pages. Also, if you need a neatly finished plot this really isn't the book for you. I still love Tartt's writing, however, and am excited to pick up The Goldfinch soon.
The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld (2014, Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart (2005, Delacorte)
That's it for this month of reading, and for my reading in 2014 in general. I read 54 books this year which I'm pleasantly surprised by. Keep your eyes out for a 'Best of' post soon.