Welcome to Triple Choice Tuesday. This is where I ask some of my favourite bloggers, writers and readers to share the names of three books that mean a lot to them. The idea is that it might raise the profile of certain books and introduce you to new titles, new authors and new bloggers.
Today’s guest is Charlie, a freelance editor, who blogs at The Worm Hole.
Charlie lives in the south of England and has been blogging about books for five years. She is part-way through a history degree and is busy getting her editing business off the ground.
You can find her tweeting @.
Without further ado, here are Charlie’s choices:
I find that after I’ve read a fair number of books, I forget a book I enjoyed, but Suite Française has stayed with me, there’s just so much to think about. It’s a completely character-driven, socially driven, almost, novel, a detailed commentary about the way class divisions don’t necessarily end when there’s a war. Even unfinished, it’s remarkable. But what’s stayed with me most is the fact that you’ve this study of the war being written as it happened. You’ve got this — rather generous, when you think about it — questioning of what we think of the enemy, the soldiers fighting this war. In many ways, we’re lucky to read it now rather than earlier because it has a greater impact than it may have if it had been discovered earlier.
It was years ago now, when I was still at school; I remember wanting to buy a book for a friend and heading to the YA section. I saw Across The Nightingale Floor, and it was a case of wanting to buy it for my friend because I wanted to read it. It occurred to me that my friend didn’t read, that this whole idea had been silly, and I ultimately ended up buying it for myself.
It’s about a boy, who we witness becoming an orphan, becoming the son of a lord before being kidnapped by blood relatives, who teach him that the strange things he’s felt in life — splitting in two, being able to be quiet — are a magical ability. The plot is about revenge, bloody revenge, and there’s a romantic element to it. I just loved it; I’d never read a book set in Asia before (though this is a historical fantasy) and it had an immediate impact. I read fiction set in Asia for the next few years, and nothing else. I’ve learned a lot and in time mixed in some non-fiction which I’m still enjoying today.
I’m well aware that Before Ever After isn’t perfect and that my particular reasons for liking it will not be shared with everyone, but the fantasy element is well-known and loved. The story is that a woman decides to join a group of strangers for a road trip, and the group leader, the later love interest, seems to know a great deal about the history. It’s full of European culture: art, history, and immortality is involved. The characters are quirky and the ending is slightly ambiguous — you can work out what likely happens but there’s scope to explore the possibilities.
Thanks, Charlie, for taking part in my Triple Choice Tuesday!
You’ve prompted me to pull Suite Française off my TBR — I’ve had a copy sitting here, bought second-hand, about six years ago! I’m tempted to see the film, too, which is currently screening in UK cinemas. Interesting to see Lian Hearn mentioned here: I believe she lives in Australia. And thanks for flagging up Before Ever After, which I’ve never heard before but sounds rather intriguing…
What do you think of Charlies choices? Have you read any of these books?