After finishing the ‘Ghostwritten’(though beautiful, I can't say I really understood it. I will re read it at some point of time. For now I will say, I was lost in last two chapters. Where a lot of technology comes, I don't usually understand everything.) , I read 2 small books of around 150 pages each.
One was a murder mystery by M.C. Beaton. ‘Agatha Raisin and the walkers of Dembley’ This was the first M.C. Beaton book I read, but I liked it. The mystery was good, the execution was also good. I like the characters too. Side characters more than main two. Agatha Raisin was too fierce for my liking and even after being so, she hasn't really solved the mystery though she definitely helped . Lacey was just okay, his character did not really stand out in this book. While like books with a good backstory on the detectives this looks primarily like Agatha’s life story. I am not sure whether I would like to read any more of her books.
The other was an epistolary novel.’The ladies of letters’. The first half of this novel was good. Loved the way these friends/enemies write letters to each other. Many hilarious situations in the book. But the second half was unrealistic , it was like the authors were trying too hard to make it funny but it did not work for me.
Now I have started another book called Major Pettigrew's last stand. But not enjoying it. Too many cliched situations, too many stereotypic characters, prose uninspiring and boring. Let's see how it goes. I have become much better at DNFing books now.
After some 10 minutes...
Why it has to be always ungrateful relatives and insensitive offsprings ? After reading some good books, I don't wish to read this nonsense.I have really developed a hatred for this book after reading the first chapter. As I have decided that I have too many books and I don't have time to spend it on something which I don't like.
I thought I will read some books that I have recently bought and speed up my minimalism project by discarding some books. Fortunately or unfortunately , all the three books have to go.