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.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan - Lisa See First person tale a Chinese girl in mid 19th century: poverty, footbinding, marriage and particularly sisterhood/laotong: a legalistic long-term exclusive "old-same" friendship with another girl (Snowflower). Also about nu shu, the secret language only known by women. Interesting, but annoying that it contradicts itself (eg mother illiterate, but within 15 pages it's mentioned that she wrote something for grandmother's funeral) and elsewhere, but gets better after that. The story turns round part way though and you see different sides to the main characters, which keeps it interesting.

Currently reading

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