Age Concern Books | Blogtober Day 8

Friday, October 08, 2021

Last weekend I headed to Uppermill in Saddleworth, more as somewhere different to go and I’d planned to have a look in a few shops and settle down in a café for lunch and to read my book.

As soon as I set off I realised that I’d forgot my book, so my first stop was to Age Concern Charity shop to pick up a book or three.

The last time I went, they had an offer for buy one get one free but that’s finished but it didn’t stop me buying three books.

My first thought was to look for a book beginning with Z in the title as it’s the last letter I need for my Alphabet challenge I’ve stumbled into but more about that in another post.

The Talented Mr. Ripley – Patricia Highsmith

I have vague memories of watching the film of this but honestly, all I can remember is someone sitting in a rowing boat. I don’t think I ever realised it was a book but it’s obvious now I stop and think about it.

This is the book I started to read while I was out, I didn’t get very far but it doesn’t seem familiar.

Alone in Berlin – Hans Fallada

Set during WWII and based on a true story where an everyday man becomes part of the German resistance.

It sounds like a really interesting story and as I was flicking through the book when I got home, I noticed there was a bookmark in the middle, so I feel like I got a bonus.

Worryingly it’s about halfway through so I don’t know if that’s a bad sign that someone gave up on it.

The Shock of the Fall – Nathan Filer

Another interesting sounding read, it was also a Costa Book of the Year in 2013. This paragraph on the back is what sold the book to me:

I’ll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name’s Simon. I think you’re going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he’ll be dead. And he was never the same after that.’

I might have a giant stack of books to read but I am looking forward to reading all three of these books.

Have you read any of them? Which one should I read first. I know technically I’ve started The Talented Mr Ripley but I have put it down again to continue with the two other books I’m currently reading!

S x

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