Thursday, April 5, 2012

spring break reading list, anyone?

Ello lads and ladies! I love reading books set in the UK. The characters just sound so damn proper, even when they’re being crude, and I can imagine their accents so easily. It’s much more fun having recently returned from across the pond. I fell in love about seven times a day with my ears alone.

How It All Began by the very popular, Penelope Lively, is filled with characters that you cannot help but care about, adorable accent or not. I am sure you have all heard about the “butterfly effect” or have at least seen the disturbing Ashton Kutcher film. The butterfly effect is the main concept of this novel. One seemingly insignificant event (such as the flapping of a butterfly's wings) can ultimately set off a chain reaction that influences a bunch of people’s lives. The elderly and very independent Charlotte Rainsford is mugged in London, and is forced to stay with her daughter, Rose. Rose is then unable to attend a business trip, which leads Marion to attend in her place. This leads to an interception of a text message that outs her affair with a married man. And the ripple just continues…

This is not deep literature mind you, but it has good writing, great characters and an interesting storyline.

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