Cecily's book reviews

In general I've written reviews of every book I've read since I joined GoodReads (RIP) in May 08, along with one or two I read prior to that. More recent reviews tend to be longer (sometimes a tad too long?). I always carry a book, though I don't get as much time as I'd like to get engrossed - life is busy, but in a good way. Too many of my favourite authors died without writing enough! Apart from reading, and writing about reading, I enjoy Scrabble, good restaurants, woodland, and attending the theatre.
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee Motherless tomboy heroine (aren't they always?) growing up in a liberal middle class family the deep south in 1930s. Her mother is dead and her father a laid back but principled lawyer. Race is an important theme of this book, yet it's not always immediately obvious who is black and who is white. Told through the eyes of the precocious girl, aged about 8. Some echoes with McCullers (eg "Member of the Wedding", http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/23324271).

Currently reading

The Illustrated Gormenghast Trilogy
Sebastian Peake, China MiƩville, Mervyn Peake
Mervyn Peake