What are you currently reading?
The Last Spell Breather by Julie Pike, illustrated by
I’ve nearly finished this, it’s been a quick read (by my standards!) but possibly in part because I’ve skimmed a bit. I have enjoyed it, but I have to confess it hasn’t really grabbed me. I’m not as immersed on the world or as invested in the characters as I’d like to be and while the magic and spells are original, a lot of it feels a little ‘done’ or predictable.
Jolly Foul Play by Robin Stevens
I’m enjoying this, as I’ve enjoyed them all do far, though I have to say I’m not as gripped by this one yet, I think because boarding school life and the relationships and dynamics between the girls are pretty dominant. But, I’m not very far in yet and I’m still looking forward to trying to guess ‘whodunnit’!
Circe by Madeleine Miller, audiobook read by Perdita Weeks
I’m still listening and still enjoying despite not finding much time to listen.
What have you just finished reading?
I really enjoyed this, I thought the setting of the Orient Express was so much fun and I liked seeing a bit more of Hazel’s background and personality too. I got a bit closer to guessing this time but I think Daisy would still take a dim view of my detecting skills!
As I’ve mentioned before, I didn’t get the gushing over The House With Chicken Legs, which was a solid ‘ok’ here. So I was keen to read this, but my expectations were firmly in check.
I loved it. I’ll post a proper review over the next week or two, but it was simply wonderful. I felt it had a depth THWCL lacked, while still being very accessible and readable, and I found I got behind Yanka in a way I never really did with Marinka.
I loved the way it was told through stories within the story, I really sank into the tales that were told. I think Sophie Anderson’s passion for folk and fairytales really shines through in this.
Princess BMX by Marie Basting
This wasn’t my usual choice of read but I was pleasantly surprised. It feels very much like the debut it is, there were many little things I couldn’t get on with. But that said, there was a lot to enjoy too. A great, modern adventure that draws on fairytales and magic too. Lots of fun and just right for that tricky move into chapter books.
What will you read next?
It’ll be a while before I finish Circe I think, but no idea – any audiobooks you’ve loved?
I’ll be working my way through the Murder Most Unladylike series!
I have Katherine Rundell’s ‘Why You Should Read Children’s Books Even Though You Are So Old and Wise’ as well as another, longer book along similar lines – Fierce Bad Rabbits by Claire Pollard. So I’m going to squeeze them in if I can whilst also trying to bring the toppling tbr under control!
Have you read any of these?
What are you reading at the moment?