“A book… it’s a world all on its own too. A world made of words, where you live for a while.”
― Patrick Ness, More Than This
Hello dear readers,
Hasn’t it been a while! Unfortunately, life has been rather complex lately and my writing has suffered a bit! I have been in quite a reading slump and high stress levels certainly haven’t helped! Every time I pick up a book I find myself heading off to slumber land… however I hope that times are changing and this post will be the boost I need to get back into it again!
A catch up is definitely what we need… So, what have you been reading? I haven’t been reading as many books as I usually do and the ones I have read have been a really mixed assortment. Some I have really loved and others not so much. The highlight of the last couple of months was The Moth edited by Catherine Burns (review found here http://wp.me/p4G9hc-e3 ). It is a collection of true stories that has found quite a permanent spot in my heart. The stories are wonderful and I find myself thinking about them quite a lot! I have downloaded the podcasts too and will get around to listening to them… eventually!
The other highlight was A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. You may know her from the Throne of Glass series however I am enjoying this series more! Book one wasn’t quite what I hope it would be as I really didn’t like one of the main characters however book two has a different cast and I can honestly say I am completely hooked! It was exactly what I wanted to be reading and even though I have struggled with YA in recent months, this one managed to hit the spot! It was the perfect easy read!
On the flip side of that, one of my favourite fantasy series – The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater – finally came to an end and I was so incredibly disappointed with the ending. I can’t quite work out why; were my expectations too high? Was I a little too set in my thinking of how I wanted it to end? Whatever the reason, the last book left me feeling quite sad. There were times when it felt like it had been written by a completely different author and while the characters were the same, I just felt like it lacked the intensity and conviction I loved so much in the previous three books. If you have read The Raven King, I would love to hear your thoughts (don’t forget to mention if there are spoilers in your post)!
I have also just finished Battle Royale by Koushun Takami. Up until a few months ago, I believed that The Hunger Games was a fairly original story – as I hadn’t heard of anything similar – but I have since discovered that Collins must have taken inspiration from this incredibly gory and violent Japanese book. Battle Royale has a simple premise: 42 students alone on an island force to kill on another until there is one left standing. Sound familiar? I can’t actually say if I liked it or not but it was definitely an interesting exercise to see where some of my favourite stories have come from. It was far too violent for my liking… but it was still a good book!
With the start of June only a couple of days away, I am looking forward to turning this reading slump around and diving in to the enormous pile of review books accumulating on my desk! Watch this space!