I haven’t written a book review on this blog for a very long time. Very long. A combination of work and life kept getting in the way but when the author of one of my favourite books so far this year came into my place of work a couple of weeks back to sign books WHEN I WASN’T THERE *cries silent tears*, I thought that I would tell her what I thought on here instead and start the blogging back up to boot. So, Jessica, I’m so sorry that I missed you too, and I’m sure my colleagues have told you how much I rave about your book to whoever will listen, but these are my thoughts about your complete gem of a children’s debut. Also, thanks for my lovely signed copy, I’m not feeling smug about it at all (cough).
Hello! I was meant to post this on Sunday but was too busy reading. I am literally a caricature of myself. Anyway, three weeks of The Reading Quest have passed and I’ve only got one to go. If you read my previous post, you’ll know that I have finished my Mage character’s pathway and am now a Knight. There’s only four books for this quest, as I’ve already read the first one as part of the Mage quest (they share the “First Book Of A Series” prompt). I’m already one down, so I’m fairly confident that I’m going to be able to manage to finish up this quest as well. If you want more detail on my provisional TBR for the Knight’s quest, it’s in my previous post – although I’ve already changed one of them. Continue reading “#TheReadingQuest Week 3 Update!”
Hello there. Vair exciting news – I’ve finished the Mage pathway in The Reading Quest! I ended up using We Are Legion: We Are Bob as my “First Book in a Series” option and changing Nevernight to “A Book Set in a Different World” because I think I’ve reached fantasy saturation now and all I want now is to read thrillers/contemporary. So I’ll leave The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin until I fancy reading fantasy again, because I’m very much a mood reader and don’t think I’ll enjoy it as much if I force myself to read it. Anyway, that aside, I have a and a whole new quest to be getting on with until 10 September – I have decided (like Ron Weasley) to be a Knight!
The Knight quest is all about adventure and action. As I’ve already completed one of the prompts for the knight (The First In A Series prompt) I’ve only (only!) got four to read for this quest.
So, below is my progress with the Quest so far…
…and here is my new TBR for the rest of September. I know it’s fairly ambitious, but I’m hoping to complete all four books by 10 September, which is the end date of the quest.
A Book With A Verb In Its Title…
…will be The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz. I’m already halfway through this and loving it. So far with his adult crime novels, Horowitz has done something unique to make it stand out from the crowd. With Magpie Murders, he included an entire, “fake” novel within the main novel that held clues for the main plot. With this one, he has written himself in as a character! I’ll let you know what I think when I’m done!
A Book With A Weapon On The Cover…
…will be Kid Got Shot by Simon Mason. This is the second in a British young adult crime series starring reluctant detective and even more reluctant schoolboy, Garvie Smith. I really enjoyed the first in the series, Running Girl, and am looking forward to seeing where the series goes. I found it really hard to find a book I actually wanted to read with a weapon on the cover. The problem with British crime/thriller novels is that the covers are often quite abstract in design, so that even if most of them contain violence/guns/knives in the plot, it won’t be shown on the cover. As you can see here, there’s a teeny little gun over the title, so that’ll do for me.
A Book With A Red Cover…
… will be Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil (audiobook). This was a stroke of luck, actually, because it’s Audible’s thriller of the year and they’ve changed the audiobook cover so that it’s red. The cover of the regular book is actually black! This has been a bit of a runaway success on Amazon, and is about a woman whose son goes missing. 10 years later, she is beginning to move on – she is married again and newly pregnant. Then, her son, now a teenager, shows up – but he has quite clearly had a terrible time over the intervening years and is completely mute. That’s about all I know, but the audiobook is narrated by Jane Frogatt, who plays the housemaid Anna in Downton Abbey!
A Book That Has A TV/Movie Adaptation
…will be The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne. I have had this on my shelf for the LONGEST time and it’s getting a bit embarrassing, really. It has been made into a movie, which I… have not watched, but this is my excuse to get around to the book at long last! I have managed over the years to avoid hearing too much about this book – all I know is that a young boy’s father changes jobs and he has to move, and near his home is a large wire fence. On the other side of this fence, he sees a boy in striped clothing and strikes up a friendship with him. I fully expect to weep buckets.
Finally, there is one last side quest I’d like to complete, and that is the prompt to read a graphic novel. For this, I’m still hoping to read…
…Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
I chose this graphic novel because it won the Hugo Award 2017 in its category. It will be my very first graphic novel! Also, I think the artwork is absolutely stunning. I fully admit that I know nothing about this whatsoever, but I’m very excited to dive in!
So there we are. I have just over a week and this is probably horribly ambitious again, but some of the books are pretty short and I’m already halfway through one.
Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you thought! How are you doing if you’re joining in with The Reading Quest?
My update for Week 3 will be up on the blog tomorrow, so I’ll catch up then!
The YA genre can be a bit hit-and-miss for me. I’m now 25 and some YA novels that I might have obsessed about 10 years ago now seem twee, slushy and/or overly predictable. However, recently I read two British YA contemporaries that were hard-hitting, completely unpatronising and that dealt with serious issues in a mature and thoroughly compelling way. Continue reading “Double Book Review: Truth or Dare by Non Pratt & I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson”
I remember The Miniaturist being absolutely huge when it came out. The combination of a richly imagined and evoked city, a cast of complex, flawed and mysterious characters, along with a hint of magical realism and plenty of intrigue, all combined to create a darkly atmospheric historical novel that people are still talking about today. Continue reading “This Bookseller Recommends… Title recommendations for fans of The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton”
Well. Usually I have no trouble categorising books into genres, but this one has me slightly flummoxed. Part sci-fi, part dystopia, part social commentary, The Power is pretty unique, and makes a bold statement about sexism and gender roles in contemporary society. It’s certainly not one that the marketing team could tout as “The next [insert popular and over-hyped book here]”. Continue reading “Book Review: The Power by Naomi Alderman”
I can’t remember a time that I didn’t read. One of my earliest memories is of sitting on my bed on a school morning, one sock on and one abandoned on the floor, with a book in my hand and my mind anywhere but on getting ready for school. I drove my poor mum to distraction as she spent most of her waking hours trying to chivvy me from my book into the real world. I wasn’t particularly impressed by this; living in the real world (which involved going to school) was definitely overrated when there were far more interesting worlds to explore in books (which frequently involved magic, swordfights and other exciting shenanigans). Continue reading “Welcome to my blog!”