Literary Challenge 2017 #12 Your Christmas Reading


During the whole of 2017 Hillingdon Libraries staff were set the challenge to read and review one novel every month. The challenge is completed! Our last post is about what we were reading over the Christmas days. A Christmas reading is not necessarily a Christmassy reading…

We read and review fiction books on a set time every month, for you.


1. I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

I-LET-YOU-GO-400x618px1mayThis is a fast-paced psychological thriller with a completely unexpected twist at the end. The book opens with a hit-and-run accident in which a 5 year old is killed. Jenna Gray’s world has collapsed – her only hope is to run away. She travels to a remote Welsh coastal village and tries to start again but the past is about to catch up with her! Clare Mackintosh was a police inspector before becoming a full-time writer so the police procedures are totally convincing. ‘I Let You Go’ is a real page turner which you won’t be able to put down!

5 out of 5 stars. Carol – Northwood Library


2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

513miSw4FAL._SX343_BO1,204,203,200_Maybe not the ideal Christmas reading, but ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is the best novel I’ve read this year. The events are set in a near-future dystopia, where a Christian totalitarian regime has replaced the US government. Women are forbidden to read, and their rights removed. It’s a tense reading, and I found it even too disquieting at times. It includes a variety of interesting themes, and is certainly thought-provoking. This is a story about women, power, freedom, and the possibilities of the future. Also, the book explores the ways past events are viewed by future generations. I found this aspect an interesting connection with Margaret Atwood’s recent involvement in the Future Library project. With her novel ‘Scribbler Moon’ the author is the first contributor to the artwork. ‘Scribbler Moon’ will be published in 2114.

5 out of 5 stars. Federico – Northwood Library


Have you read any of these books? Do you read over the Christmas holidays? You can borrow these books from our catalogue. Thanks for reading!



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