What are you currently reading?
The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods by Samuel J Halpin
I’m just a couple of chapters in but I’ve really enjoyed how the scene’s been set and the mysterious history and rules of it laid out. Both Poppy and Gran seem very likeable too. It seems to have a feel of Perfect about it, we’ll see…!
How to Rob a Bank by Tom Mitchell (ebook)
It’s safe to say this isn’t one I’d have chosen myself, and while other books I may not have picked up otherwise have been a pleasant surprise in that respect, I’m just trying yo get through this one. It’s not completely awful but it’s not for me.
Northern Lights by Philip Pullman (audiobook read by Philip Pullman and full cast)
I am absolutely DYING to start The Secret Commonwealth but having reread (listened to) La Belle Sauvage I really, REALLY wanted to reread this too. Plus, it fits with the timeframe with La Belle Sauvage set before the original trilogy and The Secret Commonwealth set after it. So, SC is on hold and I’m listening to His Dark Materials first.
At first I wasn’t sure about the ‘full cast’ aspect of this and Lyra did NOT sound like my Lyra, but I have got used to it and am really enjoying it being read this way now.
What have you just finished reading?
High-Rise Mystery by Sharna Jackson
This took me a few chapters to get into, but once I did I really loved it. Easier to solve than other recent mysteries, notably MMU (I actually figured it out! Unheard of!), but just as compelling and Nik and Norva were a great detective duo. I can’t wait for another mys-Tri-ry (see what I did there?! Groooaaan…!)
Jemima Small vs The Universe by Tamsin Winter
This was a bit of an unrateable for me, which was a nice surprise really as I really thought I’d hate it! But I didn’t. I liked Jemima and the other characters well enough but the whole fat-but-clever thing felt a bit…safe. I don’t know. Like, it didn’t matter that she was fat because she was a genius. I’d have preferred her to be solidly average, but where’s the story in that I suppose?
That said, the hurt and low self esteem caused to Jemima and her ‘Fat Club’ friends both intentionally, by bullies and the general public, as well as unintentionally though thoughtless comments or things intended to help that make them feel worse, is all incredibly sensitively and realistically written.
A book that’s likely to speak straight to the hearts of many readers because of its themes of physical appearances, bullying and family, it also has plenty of moments of real happiness and a positive, optimistic feel and would make a great ‘tween’ read.
Just as brilliant as the first time around, and Michael Sheen is a fantastic narrator.
Pullman all the way! It’s just a, question of The Secret Commonwealth or Northern Lights…
I have these to get through in the next two weeks…
That isn’t going to happen but I’m going to try and read as many as I can (place your bets please?!) I’m going to say I’ll manage , which means very limited blogging both posting and reading! So apologies now for going awol for a bit. I’ll be back with a stack of reviews on the other side! Wish me luck…!
What are you reading at the moment?