I've finished several good books in the last week or so. Before I Go To Sleep by S.J.Watson was a most interesting read.... I kept thinking how awful this "condition" would be to have. I don't know if it is totally fictional or if this does happen - each night when Christine goes to sleep, her brain "erases": i.e. when she wakes up the next morning, she has no memory and must start again to try to remember her past.
"Christine wakes up every morning in an unfamiliar bed with an unfamiliar man. She looks in the mirror and sees an unfamiliar middle-aged face. And every morning, the man she has woken up with must explain that he is Ben, he is her husband, she is forty-seven years old, and a terrible accident two decades earlier decimated her ability to form new memories. .... Every day Christine must begin again the reconstruction of her past. And the closer she gets to the truth, the more unbelievable it seems." - book jacket If you like a "page turner" this is the book for you. Definitely hard to put down!
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly was another great read. Although considered a Young Adult novel, I became totally engrossed with Andi, a teen "on the edge". Andi is angry with the world- her father has left, her mother is not able to cope and Andi feels responsible for her younger brother's accidental death. An unexpected trip to Paris with her father and the discovery of a centuries-old diary changes her life and her outlook. Andi becomes engrossed in history and the French Revolution. A midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris brings the past alive. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and learned a good deal about the French Revolution, of which I knew very little. Thanks to my friend Barb F. for the loan of these two books.
What am I reading now, you ask? The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje. What are you currently reading?
"The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it." ~ James Bryce