Any Human Heart

A very real contender for my favourite book. This was on my shelf having been recommended to me a while ago and was beginning to gather dust. Whenever it came to choosing a new book, I would skip it thinking it would be a bit of an effort. How stupid was I. This book gripped me from the beginning.The writing is breath-taking. Boyd has painted such an authentic picture of a man’s life that I have to keep reminding myself it is fiction. It’s got everything; humour, heart ache, reflection, history. Truly humbling and one of the greatest books I have ever read.

The Circle

This book has some interesting ideas. I think it has even been made into a film. I’ve read another of Dave Egger’s books (Zeitoun) so I had high hopes for this. Unfortunately it came up a little short. It was as if it had been a little rushed. Despite the importance of the underlying ideas and the cool ending, it didn’t have the sophistication it needed. It all seemed a bit commercialised, as if it had been written for school children.