Sample Saturday – a flatmate, words, and an accident

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 three have popped up in my Goodreads feed.

Apartment by Teddy Wayne

Summary: The wealthy unnamed narrator is attending Columbia university, and living in a rent-stabilized apartment. Feeling guilty about his good fortune, he offers his spare bedroom, rent free, to Billy, a charismatic classmate living a hand-to-mouth existence in Manhattan. Their living arrangement, and their radically different upbringings, breeds tensions neither could predict.

I’m thinking: No – style was rapid-fire and a little too slick for me.

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

Summary: In 1901, the word ‘Bondmaid’ was discovered missing from the Oxford English Dictionary. This is the story of the girl who stole it.

I’m thinking: Yes (particularly because of Lisa’s glowing review).

The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld

Summary: Ten-year-old Jas has a unique way of experiencing her universe, feeling and seeing what others don’t. When a tragic accident ruptures the family, her curiosity unlocks a darkness that threatens to derail them all.

I’m thinking: Yes – instantly loved the style.

21 responses

  1. I watched an interview with Pip Williams just before her book came out and it sounded totally fascinating. I’ve bought it, now I just need to find time to read it!

    • It will be in my very near reading future I think (as opposed to waiting until the end of the year to select which of my Sample Saturdays I buy).

    • And before you know it, all the Australian bloggers will be telling you it’s their books of the year and you’ll have to wait and wait and wait for it to hit the UK…

  2. Pingback: Off the Charts and On the Horizon – the dictionary of lost words (Pip Williams) – Captain's Quarters

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