I'm going to try something different this year. Rather than open up a new Word doc and start listing and giving my impressions of the books I've read and/or listened to as I finish reading and/or listening to them, I'm just going to do that right here. Cut out the middle man, as it were.
And so, without further ado:
A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon
So, a few years ago, I read the novel that really put Haddon on the map, the one that made such a huge splash, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. And I was wholly and completely underwhelmed. (It's about the tenth one down, FYI.) So it was with some hesitancy that I picked this one up at our library. But I was running out of audiobooks, and there it was, and god forbid I ever have to take a walk without something to listen to, so...
Oh, wow. What a good book. What a good story. Nothing earthshattering or anything like that. But the whole thing, from opening to ending, felt real. Palpably real. A conceit that could have been cheesy (a family imploding around the occasion of one family member's wedding), and plot twists that could have been even cheesier, and yet I just didn't feel that way about it, at all. It was fun, and I liked these people, and I felt for them. Haddon totally redeemed himself in my book. (And I'm sure he's sleeping easier tonight knowing that, right?)