The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

A book about an English man who impulsively decides to walk 600 miles, leaving his family behind, to visit an old co-worker, convincing himself that if only she can wait for him this will cure her cancer. It is about his journey, it is about the past...but the story is also told through the perspective of his wife. Very unexpected and moving. I really enjoyed this book.

Patrick Melrose by Edward St. Aubyn

This volume contains the collected "Patrick Melrose" novels. Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, Mother's Milk, and At Last.

The subject matter is dark, grim about addiction, abuse, and depression...but very insightful at times nonetheless and not without some very dark humour. The novels span the length of time from Patrick's early childhood throughout his adulthood...culminating in the years following the death of his mother. These works are semi-autobiographical for the attempt to process through the horrors of his childhood and later depressions and addictions. The transition through these novels is at heart uplifting if only in the sense of triumph for St. Aubyn in that he conquered his abuse and his addictions. I look forward to watch the TV adaptation on Showtime. 

Leonard and Hungry Paul by Ronan Hession

This is wonderful feel-good book surrounding the friendship between Leonard and Hungry Paul--two introverted guys making their various ways out into society and relationships.

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Garielle Zevin

This book is about the grumpy judgmental owner of a bookstore set on a tiny island, I think in the north east but I could be remembering that wrong. He judges his clientele for having the temerity to read what they like and not what he thinks they should like. Needless to say his store is not thriving and then someone steals his most expensive rare book. There is an ex-wife, a daughter, and a police friend, and a new girlfriend. I mostly liked reading this book, it referenced a lot of other books, albeit mostly the "tried and true" mainstay classics that everyone insists are must reads. 

Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

The Daughter of Time is one of my all time favorite books. It was one of the books that was instrumental in the beginning of my love of Royal Reading. This is a fictional tale of mystery and suspense and does not disappoint in the least. I really enjoy it--it is reading time well spent. It is my intention to eventually read all of her books.

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