Writing, Sleeping, and Potato Peel Pies.

The May Challenge

Well, we’re notably into June now, so I should probably mention that I was successful in getting up at 0600 throughout May. The most helpful person in doing that was my good friend, Hannah. It’s her fault I was writing haikus at 6 in the morning. So, anyone who had the misfortune of reading should direct their ire at her. For her part in this, she gets a steak dinner later this year. Special mentions also need to go out to Chris and Richard for listening to me rant about sleeping patterns and poking me on twitter from time-to-time.

On the Writing Challenge

I’ve written some more, but it looks like it’s going to come down to the wire as to whether or not I manage to get all six pieces finished by the end of this month. Hopefully, I manage to get a few thousand words written this long weekend.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society

I don’t know what to write about this book. I just finished it a couple of minutes ago, reading it in basically one sitting from the middle of this afternoon to now. It was amazing. I cannot recommend this book enough to anyone who loves reading. The characters were so amazingly lifelike, especially for a book that doesn’t even make it to 250 pages. I loved, I laughed, I cried, I dreamt, and I hoped.

Put down whatever you’re doing. Cancel your plans for the rest of the day. Find a copy of this book and read it now.

I don’t want to gush too much, the book isn’t perfect. It has some flaws. The letters are, at times, too similarly voiced for the characters they’re supposedly written by. The plot is very straightforward, which I would often see as a flaw but it seems to work for this story. My biggest criticism is slightly spoilerish so stop reading now. Or don’t and know that I found the conclusion somewhat hurried and a little too neatly wrapped up. There are other things I could criticise, but they’re a little too spoilerish and I didn’t find actually find them to be an issue – I just feel that they should have been. Weird how our brains work, no?

Many thanks must go to the friend who recommended it. Amusingly, it’s the same person who recommended Fingersmith to me – which, as you may recall, I really didn’t enjoy.

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