The Flight of Gemma Hardy. This is a book to get lost in, a rich page-turner. You need not have read one word of Jane Eyre (of which it is a re-imagining) to enjoy it. Actually, I haven't read Jane Eyre since I was a freshman in high school, and have forgotten all but the basic plot outline, so I couldn't tell you how closely it follows the original anyway. It's set in Scotland and Iceland in the 1950s and 60s, and Gemma is a heroine I instantly wanted to root for. The setting is just as deliciously broody and damp as any Anglophile would dream of. About two-thirds of the way through I don't want to put it down; simultaneously, I don't want it to end. I've really enjoyed all the novels of Livesey's that I've read, and intend to read the rest before too long.My luck may be turning around. I'm reading, no, devouring, Margot Livesey's
So how do you go about choosing the books that you read? Whim, cover-judging, magazine reviews, friend recommendations? I'm always interested in the whys and hows of people's reading choices.