This is the fourth book I have read out of fifty on my new found reading mission (see 25 before 25 for info) and I can honestly say, it was nothing like I expected.
I picked up this book in Waterstones a few months ago and read the blurb. From it, I assumed it was something to do with amnesia and maybe a sort of funny detective type book. I was very very wrong.
I didn't get it at the time, but came across it in Amazon's 3 paperbacks for £10 (I don't want to say how much I've spent, but I now have a pile of 'to read' books staring at me from across my printer.) I forced myself to get it as an attempt to span out away from the 'Gone Girl' esque books I have been attracted to of late and was a bit apprehensive, so didn't skip it to the top of the pile or anything.
I had to go on an away training course in Birmingham so I took it with me to through the 4 hour rail replacement journey and to keep me occupied during down time in the hotel. Once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down, as can be seen by the above photo which was taken at 7am on a Monday morning in a hotel bed.
I say I couldn't put it down, but in truth it took me a while to warm up to, but I've only ever abandoned one book in my life, so I wasn't about to start a trend with this.This is one of those books that you slowly grow to love without realising, and after I had finished I realised it was perhaps one of the most inspiring books I have read.
I don't want to spoil it too much, but this is a book about, aliens, love, prime numbers, murder, Oxbridge, a dog with arthritis, and what it means to be human. I honestly couldn't recommend this book enough - sure it's no easy read, but it is definitely worth it, and having read the author's bio in the back, Matt Haig's other book, Reasons to Stay Alive has made it into my shopping basket.
Have you read this book? What are you reading at the moment?