Friday, 27 September 2013

The Cephalod Coffeehouse - My favourite book this month

This is a new bloggers' 'Book Club', organised by The Armchair Squid. The idea is that on the last Friday of each month we blog about the best book we've finished over the past month. If you'd like to be part of this, the details are here.

For me, this is a tricky one because I've already blogged about the book I've enjoyed this month - That Sadie Thing by Annalisa Crawford.

Road to RouenHowever, there is another book that made me laugh aloud and that was an absolute delight to read this month and that was The Road to Rouen by Ben Hatch.

This is an hilarious, often painful tale of marriage, kids and a summer spent touring France so that struggling writer, Ben, can write a travel guide. I loved the dialogue - the kids are so funny - and also the honesty with which the relationship between the parents is portrayed. Needless to say, it's not all a smooth ride - in fact very little of it is! My favourite part has to be the escapade with the donkey - but if you want to know more about that, you're just going to have to read the book! And as for Ben's misadventure over the border in Spain... mind-boggling! If France, or the idea of France, seduces you, this delightful romp will charm the pantalons off you. This book isn't just a comedy, though. Ben examines his life so far, his motives and his relationship with his father as well as pondering on his future. There's also some back-story on the couple's lives 'pre-kids', which plumps out the characters of Ben and Dinah very effectively. I was left sympathising greatly with (long-suffering) Dinah,  and longing to re-visit France. I also wanted more, because there's nothing so wonderful as an easy read that makes you laugh. Real escapism!

Please hop around now to find out about other September favourites! Here's the list:

1.The Armchair Squid2.Remembering Grace
3.Vanessa Morgan4.Trisha @ WORD STUFF
5.M.J. Fifield6.Denise Covey @ L'Aussie Writing
7.My Creatively Random Life8.Subliminal Coffee
9.The Random Book Review10.Divine Secrets of the Writing Sisterhood
11.Scouring Monk12.Clarissa Draper
15.Excuse Me While I Note That Down16.Mark Noce Stories
17.StrangePegs -- Temporary Anne18.Blue Sky Gazing
19.What's Up! MOCK?20.Nicki Elson

Thanks for visiting!


The Armchair Squid said...

I'm so glad you're joining us, Linda!

Travel narratives are such fun. Travel can definitely test relationships and those long stretches en route allow plenty of time for the mind to wander.

TracyFells said...

Thanks for reminding me about Ben Hatch's book - must get a copy. Have you read the first one: Are we nearly there yet? Again LOL! I've met Ben and he's a lovely guy (very fond of cheese...)

Huntress, aka CD Coffelt said...

Non-fiction? Sounds like a treat!

Andrew Leon said...

The title is great. I'd consider it for that alone.

Stephanie said...

I love the wordplay in the title! Sounds like France from as radically different a viewpoint as possible from my Cephalopod pick. (Nazi-occupied France. Soooo not escapism.) Great review!

Mary Mary said...

Love most things that have to do with France (want to re-visit it too)! I would probably like this one. Ever read A Year in Provence?

Good to have you along on the hop!

Mary Mary said...

Love most things that have to do with France (want to re-visit it too)! I would probably like this one. Ever read A Year in Provence?

Good to have you along on the hop!

Suze said...

You make this sound really appealing, Linda!

Mark Noce said...

Hmm...not my typical read, but it's got French people and it's funny so where can it go wrong? Neat review:)

Annalisa Crawford said...

Aw, thanks for the shout out (again). I never really think about reading non-fiction - apart from historical, when I don't consider reading fiction. It sounds like a fun read though.

Nicki Elson said...

Even the cover is fun! This sounds like it would be a perfect summer read.

Denise Covey said...

I love the sound of this - family, travel, humour - what more could you ask for. Love the cover too! :D

Remembering Grace said...

Sounds like a great book...and now I'd really like to know how things work out. Aww. Great review!

Misha Gericke said...

It does sound like a fun book. I think I'd enjoy it. :-)

Crystal Collier said...

A book that can make you laugh is like the sparkles off of fireworks. (Says the pyromaniac.) I'm always looking for a good laugh.

Trisha F said...

I love the books that make you laugh out loud. This sounds like a fun read. :)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Sounds like a great read. A sort of male Erma Bombeck sort of book.

Sylvia Ney said...

New follower here. So glad to find a new writer friend. I look forward to visiting again.