Reviewing classics can be a little daunting. They’re classics for a reason. You know the titles long before you read them, and often you know the story, or think you do, before you’ve even started. Sometimes you already feel a connection with the characters or sometimes an element of the story makes you reluctant to read it. Continue reading “REVIEW: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte”
The rules are simple:
- Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
- Order on ascending date added.
- Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
- Read the synopses of the books
- Decide: keep it or should it go?
It’s been a good few months since I last did a Down the TBR Hole post, but January seems like the perfect time to start again!
Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
The last night of the year. Now the days of winter begin and the Goblin King rides abroad, searching for his bride…
All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. They’ve enraptured her mind, her spirit, and inspired her musical compositions. Now eighteen and helping to run her family’s inn, Liesl can’t help but feel that her musical dreams and childhood fantasies are slipping away.
But when her own sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl has no choice but to journey to the Underground to save her. Drawn to the strange, captivating world she finds—and the mysterious man who rules it—she soon faces an impossible decision. And with time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.
I’ve had this on my TBR since it was released. Goblins aren’t what I would call my thing, but then I can’t say I’ve ever come across many books with goblins in before that didn’t work in Gringotts so maybe I’ve misjudged them. It’s had a lot of great reviews, and although I probably won’t read it anytime soon, for now I’ll KEEP.
The Bigness of the World by Lori Ostlund
In Lori Ostlund’s debut collection people seeking escape from situations at home venture out into a world that they find is just as complicated and troubled as the one they left behind.In prose highlighted by both satire and poignant observation, Ostlund offers characters that represent a different sort of everyman—men and women who poke fun at ideological rigidity while holding fast to good grammar and manners, people seeking connections in a world that seems increasingly foreign. In “Upon Completion of Baldness” a young woman shaves her head for a part in a movie in Hong Kong that will help her escape life with her lover in Albuquerque. The precocious narrator of “All Boy” finds comfort when he is locked in a closet by a babysitter. In “Dr. Deneau’s Punishment” a math teacher leaving New York for Minnesota as a means of punishing himself engages in an unsettling method of discipline. A lesbian couple whose relationship is disintegrating flees to the Moroccan desert in “The Children beneath the Seat.” And in “Idyllic Little Bali” a group of Americans gathers around a pool in Java to discuss their brushes with fame and ends up witnessing a man’s fatal flight from his wife.
In the eleven stories in The Bigness of the World we see that wherever you are in the world, where you came from is never far away.
I can’t remember putting this on my Goodreads TBR. I’m a bit of a magpie when it comes to short story collections. I just add them to the list without really thinking about them. Reading the blurb though, I can’t say I’m particularly intrigued by this collection. GO.
The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan
One school. Twenty voices.
There’s the girl who is in love with Holden Caulfield. The boy who wants to be strong who falls for the girl who’s convinced she needs to be weak. The girl who writes love songs for a girl she can’t have. The two boys teetering on the brink of their first anniversary. And everyone in between.
As he did in the highly acclaimed Boy Meets Boy, David Levithan gives us a world of unforgettable voices that readers will want to visit again and again. It’s the realm of possibility open to us all – where love, joy, and the stories we tell will linger.
I don’t think I’ve read any David Levithan, except Will Grayson, Will Grayson which was co-written with John Green, so I feel like that doesn’t really count. It sounds like a nice YA, and I’m up for that. KEEP
The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years—a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.
But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?
As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.
Who doesn’t love a retelling? There probably are some naysayers around, but I for one am all for them. A good re-telling can add a new slant to a well known tale. A romance between Aladdin and the Jinn in the lamp? I am all for that. KEEP.
The Age of Magic by Ben Okri
This novel takes us on a journey, a magical, and a literal one. A tightly knit group of filmmakers travel from Paris together to make a documentary. Unknown to themselves they carry a lot of unwanted baggage – fear, anger, jealousy, love.
When they arrive in an idyllic Swiss village ringed by mountains and reflected in a lake, they discover a haunted world that will compel them to confront the demons they have been trying to escape.
A mind-blowingly beautiful book, full of unexpected, poetic and metaphysical revelations.
Ben Okri is another author I haven’t read. I like the sound of this novel- filmmakers in a Swiss village, existential crisis – why wouldn’t you read it? KEEP.
So, one book gone! For me that’s actually pretty good!
What do your TBR piles look like?
I had Margaret Atwood’s dystopian classic The Handmaid’s Tale for Christmas and Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, both beautifully crafted books with strong feminist vibes, but I decided to use the holidays to really relax, so I didn’t photograph them and I’ve left them at home while I continue to work in the big city. I’ll try and photograph them at some point, but I have some other books to share as well. Technically, I didn’t buy them all in 2018, but well we’ll twist the rules a little just this once. Continue reading “BOOKISH FINDS: New Year, New Books”
WWW is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Each Wednesday book enthusiasts share their reads by answering three questions:
The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
It’s been a while again. Christmas didn’t turn out to be the productive reading fest I thought it would be but never mind, a new year awaits! Continue reading “WWW WEDNESDAY: 10th January 2018”
The last couple of years I’ve set myself a reading list to tick off. The goal is to read some books on my TBR that are dusted in cobwebs, or pick up a book that I normally wouldn’t. The problem is that I rarely stick to it. So many books get published each year that catch my eye. Books get given to me, or I buy them spontaneously (it’s about the only spontaneous thing I do) and even though I have the best intentions, sometimes telling yourself ‘I have to read this book’ can put you off. Continue reading “MISC: Reading List Round-up 2017 & 2018 Reading List”
The festive season has been busy, busy, busy which means the blog has been tumbleweed levels of quiet. I was hoping to get some blogging done while I was home for Christmas, but well, things never do go as you plan and it’s been a few months since I was last home so it seemed important to just relax and catch up with everyone. So I am barging into the New Year as disorganised as ever, but I’m going to schedule some blogging time in over the weekend. So hopefully, less tumbleweed moments? Continue reading “THAT’S A WRAP: December 2017”
It’s been four months since Lila Bard left Red London, four months since Athos and Astrid Dane’s fall, four months since a terrible dark magic threatened to consume a city, but life hasn’t reverted to normal for Kell. If anything it’s like the calm before the storm. He is restless but the walls are closing in around him. Now more than ever he feels like the property of the Arnesian crown and the awe of the citizens has been replaced by fear and distrust.
He’s always felt the responsibility of protecting his brother, Rhy, but now that their lives are inextricably linked the weight of it threatens to crush him. He needs some way to channel his emotions and the growing force of magic, and Rhy has orchestrated the perfect scenario to do just that. Continue reading “REVIEW: A Gathering of Shadows by V E Schwab”