Sample Saturday – three from authors I’ve read before

Sample Saturday is when I wade through the eleventy billion samples I have downloaded on my Kindle. I’m slowly chipping away and deciding whether it’s buy or bye. This week all the books are from authors I’ve read (and enjoyed) previously –

The Standing Chandelier by Lionel Shriver

Summary: Weston receives an extravagant engagement present from his best friend (and old flame) Jillian – he doesn’t know how to get it past his fiancée. There’s an argument.

I’m thinking: Well I liked it but as it’s included in her new collection, Property, I’ll go for that.

How Hard Can It Be by Allison Pearson

Summary: Sequel to I Don’t Know How She Does It. It’s seven years later and Kate Reddy is facing her 50th birthday, and dealing with teenagers and a husband who has retrained as a counsellor.

I’m thinking: Yes. I know it will be predictable but it will also make for light holiday reading.

Wallflowers by Eliza Robertson

Summary: Short story collection that opens with a girl who is cat-sitting for her neighbour (and who eats lots of boiled eggs and watches a lot of TV). 

I’m thinking: Maybe – the writing is not as sharp as it is in Demi-Gods.

7 responses

    • It’s a good way to sort through them and also make sure they don’t mount up. I keep a list of the ones I say ‘yes’ to and at the end of the year I go through the ‘yes’ books and choose 10-15 to buy (and think that if I’d impulse bought all those books rather than samples I’d never make inroads into the TBR stack).

    • It’s almost politically incorrect to say you like Shriver these days (ever since the talk she did wearing a sombrero) but she is very, very clever. I read Kevin when it was released (10 years ago at least) – I still think about it regularly. Very powerful book.

  1. I enjoyed Wallflowers, and totally hadn’t twigged that Demi-Gods was by the same person! I’ll have to look out for it.

    I gave up on Shriver after the terrible The Mandibles.

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