What I read on my Jury Service (because no, I didn't get a case and yes, I'm gutted)
So before Christmas I got a letter summoning me to do my civic duty and attend Liverpool Crown Court in January for Jury Service. I was excited and apprehensive, but I needn't have been either because I basically sat in the 'pool' of jurors, waiting to be picked, for seven working days, until today they were like, yeah, there are no more trials this week, your Jury Service is over. Yay. (That's sarcasm. Disappointed would be an understatement.) But hey, there are worse things you can do than sit with a book for hours on end and get paid for it (although I probably spent a fair bit of anything I made in Liverpool One on my lunch breaks... January sales are a dangerous thing) and at least I made inroads into my TBR list. Anyway, here's what I've been reading as sponsored by the British taxpayers - thanks guys ;)
I was about half-way through Margaret Atwood's fictionalised take on the story of Grace Marks (a notorious convicted murderess in late 19th Century Canada) when I started my Jury duty. I'd already seen the Netflix series, which in fact sticks incredibly close to the book, so occasionally I got bored reading what I'd so recently watched. And it was a bit overlong. However, overall it's very good. Not quite as good as The Handmaid's Tale, but the perspectives of the characters feel so real, and like with Handmaid's Tale you really feel like you're in Grace's head. There's something powerfully feminist in the way Atwood deals with Grace's experiences, and I love how she writes men. She manages to make you like the Doctor while acknowledging that he's also kind of a pig. Same with McDermott - he's so horrid but he doesn't feel like a caricature of a 'nasty man'. He feels real, and I love the way he and Grace bicker. The girls aren't saints either - again they're flawed and human yet you feel for them.
A Convenient Marriage
My mum has been trying to get me to read Georgette Heyer for as long as I can remember, and more recently, so have my sisters. So when I needed a book last week and Rosie flung A Convenient Marriage at me, I thought I better take it. And I finished it in a day. Maybe they were right. It was like Jane Austen on drugs and there was a weird ramble-y bit near the end where the heroine's brother and his friends were running round imitating highwaymen (which was actually really funny, it just went on too long). Still it was very enjoyable and I loved Lord Rule.
The Princess Bride