My Shared Bookshelf – March 2018

It’s been difficult to come across new books this month, as Matt and I have been in the same hostel for nearly 6 weeks. Most of the people staying at this hostel, live here long-term (like us) and aren’t big on reading. Our small, pitiful bookshelf consists mostly of books in another language, so it’s been slim pickings for me.

Thankfully, I work in the sister hostel across town, where there are plenty more backpackers who enjoy reading. This bookshelf is only three shelves high, on the wall by the reception, but the books are constantly changing. While I haven’t come across another Clive Cussler novel (yet), I was able to grab a few books for next month.

As I’m sure you already know, once a month, I’ll compile a list of the books I’ve found and read from hostel bookshelves. They may be in poor condition and not the typical story or genre I’d choose to read, but this girl can’t afford to be picky. This post is mostly for me to keep track of what I’m reading (something I’ve never done before) but I hope you’ll find something of interest here too! ** Please note, I’m not going to review the novels as I’d never want to ruin it for someone else, but rather tell you why I chose them and how quickly I got through them. I could easily read more, but books of my liking are more difficult to come by on a shared shelf!

Without further ado, I present to you… the one and only book I read this month:

The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Nighttime
Mark Haddon, 2003

Curious Incident of the Dog in the NighttimeI have seen this book on many shelves before, belonging to different friends and family members. While I never got the chance to borrow a copy from any of them, I was pleased to find it in the hostel only just last week. I recognised the title from the play (of the same name) but did not know anything about the storyline. Now, I understand why it is so popular!

The book follows a teenager, named Christopher. He has autism spectrum disorder (although this is never stated directly in the novel), and he decides to write a novel about the death of his neighbour’s dog. The chapters are prime numbers, instead of the traditional numerical order, as Christopher is very good at math, and it’s his story, of course. While we learn a little bit about Christopher’s past throughout the novel, the main objective is to find out who committed the crime and killed Wellington the dog.

Unfortunately, I have not finished this book just yet. I’m about halfway through, as I only found it last week. Safe to say (so far) I have no idea who could have killed the dog, and I’m curious to find out who it was. I hope to have the novel completed by the end of the weekend.


Have you read this book before? Or have you seen the play? Either way, let me know what you thought of it, and if you have any recommendations for similar novels.

Hopefully next month I’ll get a little bit more reading in… I have 2 really good books lined up that I’m excited to read next (but you’ll have to come back next month to find out what they are).

Don’t forget to check out what books I found in hostels from January and February!

-Ally

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