I have now read 7 books for this challenge so I am three books behind. I am going to cheat a little and pick some shorter books and graphic novels as this week I’m busy at work, starting a new gym program and my fiance is working days so we normally do stuff together in the evenings.
Some quick thoughts on these reads:
Book 3: The Quick by Lauren Owen – A Victorian novel with a twist. I loved visiting Victorian London again in book form it’s been a while since I last set a book set in this time and location. The book follows a brother and sister but takes a sinister turn after the brother witnesses his friends murder. I can’t say more than that without giving away the twist. This was fun and enjoyable but slightly too long in places.
Book 4: The Nest by Kenneth Oppel – A YA/Middle Grade novel. This reminded me of Skellig by David Almond not only because the main character is coping with his new baby brother’s illness but also the magical, mystical feel of the book. This was a strange read and certainly not suitable for anyone with a fear of bees/wasps but nice to escape into.
Book 5:Me and You by Niccolo Ammaniti – An Italian novella which I listened to as an audio book. The main character struggles to socialise, so when he lies and tells his mother he is off skiing with friends she is over joyed, he can’t then tell her that he has lied. He instead spends the week in his basement until his older sister suddenly appears. My favourite read so far.
Book 6:We Are Completely Besides Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler – I was bought this book years ago for Christmas and have been meaning to get to it ever since. Fern and Rosemary grow up as sisters, but one day Rosemary is sent away to her grandparents and when she returns Fern has gone, her mother will not speak and they soon have to move. Another book with a twist which comes early on in the novel. This book had lots of potential and I certain;y enjoyed bits of it but it wasn’t for me, it felt like a drag to read it – having looked on goodreads this seems a bit of a marmite book, you love it or you don’t.
Book 7: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden – a novel based around Russian folklore and fairytales. I’ve waited for this book for over 6 months from the library and it should be right up my street but something was missing for me. I love books set in cold locations, I love family dramas and I love books with a fairytale element but again I felt like I was pulling myself through this (I kept thinking it’d get better). Looking at reviews on amazon and goodreads this is a much loved book so I think it may just be my current mood.