a Christmas read - bookclub - Rules of Civility

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Happy relaxing December Saturday everyone. I had a killer week this week trying to balance work and life, so am thankful I was able to sleep in today. My mid-morning schedule included a lovely breakfast of cinnamon and raisin bagels with cream cheese, a cup of tea - and finishing up my latest read...

First up - before I jump to my book review I want to give Charli from Charlotte Rose blog a big shout out and thank you for featuring me in her Favourite Folk - December Edition post. Charli blogs about beauty and life - so make sure you check her out :)

Rules of Civility
by Amor Towles

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

My review:

I adored every moment of this book, which I would describe as a modern ladies look back at the 'New York 1930s 'Sex and the City' / Great Gatsby lifestyle'.

The story opens on New Years Eve 1937 - where the central character Katey Kontent and her friend Eve are out at a Greenwich Village hotspot. It's snowing outside (perfect Christmas setting reading) and the girls are drinking gin martinis. 

"We started the evening with a plan of stretching three dollars as far as it would go."

Katey is a working girl trying to make it on her own... and on this night - the start of the most memorable year of her life she meets Tinker Grey, who ultimetly sends her and Eve's paths in quite a spin. Friends change, jobs change, martinis are drunk, and fun and trouble are always just around the corner...

For me the writing in Rules of Civility was flawless, perfect in its period descriptions and as far as I'm aware very accurate. I was able to fully buy into the time and place. The book was fun, glamorous, and as an extra bonus I really liked Katey and rooted for her the whole way through.

If you're after an enchanting, guilty-pleasure type of read this Christmas then I would thoroughly recommend Rules of Civility. To quote a review from Viv Groskop (The Observer):

"If you want shopping at Bendel's, gin martinis at a debutante's mansion and jazz bands playing until 3am, Rules of Civility has it all and more... While you're lost in a whirl of silk stockings, furs and hip flasks, all you care about is what Katey Kontent does next... Me, I lapped it all up."

3/5 claire stars

Want to know what else I've read? Here's my reading list:

Or read about my Book Club - the beginning here.
  1. if nobody speaks of remarkable things by Jon McGregor. 3/5 claire stars
  2. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. 4/5 claire stars
  3. Battle Hymn of the TIGER MOTHER by Amy Chua. 4/5 claire stars
  4. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. 4/5 claire stars 
  5. three to see the king by Magnus Mills. 3/5 claire stars

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