This post is going to start with a confession: I am way, way, way behind on my reviews at the moment. The last few months have been full, and not always with the good stuff, and it’s meant that blogging has had to go on the back burner for a while. These five books have been patiently waiting for me on my desk but somehow I have just kept neglecting them.I read all of these books in the last month or so, so I wanted to capture my thoughts on them while they are still recently fresh.
I thought that what I might do instead is wrap up the reading I have done recently with some mini reviews!
1. Coraline by Neil Gaiman – This is possibly the most well known on the list and one that many people have at least heard of. I have never seen the film but have recently started reading more of Gaiman’s work. Coraline was even better than I had expected and another wonderful example of Gaiman’s wonderful but weird storytelling. This is certainly creepy but well worth picking up if you want something unnerving but downright brilliant.
2.Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – I was so nervous about picking up Spinning Silver because I loved Uprooted so much. There was a lot of hype about this Rumpelstiltskin retelling and I didn’t think I could cope if it didn’t live up to that. I shouldn’t have worried about that though: Spinning Silver is an exceptional update to this old tale. It truly went to new depths, with fantastic characters and world building. The only thing I will say about this is that it is quite complicated. Or rather, there are a lot of threads to keep an eye on but they come together in a truly stunning tapestry. It is worth the work of trying to keep track of everyone and everything – trust me.
3. A Pocketful of Crows by Joanne M. Harris – Another wonderful fantasy (I’m clearly sticking to one genre at the moment), this time from Joanne M. Harris. A Pocketful of Crows also has a distinctive fairytale feel, as it explores questions of autonomy, identity and loss. It is about a nameless girl of the forest who falls for a human and finds herself trapped in her love for him. When his attention wanders, she has no choice but to rebuild her life from the shattered remains.
4. Poems to Live Your Life By by Chris Riddell - Old school readers will know that my love for poetry comes in phases and I am firmly back in it right now! This is a brilliant collection and is paired with some truly beautiful illustrations from Chris Riddell. This is one to savour and enjoy.
5. An Edited Life by Anna Newton - It’s a surprise to me to some non-fiction on this list as I had started to fall out of love with the genre but this was a good un. If you’re looking to make your life a little easier or more organised, I would recommend this one. It is definitely an extension of Anna’s blog so if you like her style on there, you’ll probably like this!
What have you been reading recently? I am currently reading The Surface Breaks and I love it so far!