Eleanor and Park was harder to read than I thought it would be. I picked it up blithely thinking it was another YA romance :young love! misfits!TEEN LIFE. But it wasn’t as easy on the emotions as that. I thought that one of them would feel self conscious a la Bella of something bland and forgettable […]Read more "Eleanor & Park"
Fangirl is a pretty good book by itself, I started reading it for the references to Baz and Simon though. This book is the genesis of Carry On because Simon , Baz , Penelope were drawn here as characters in the imaginary “Simon Snow series”.Because Carry On has such a fixed place in my mind […]Read more "Fangirl and Carry On "
Excellent fantasy romance read. I picked up the book because of its straight up, easy going well defined voice- this was a writer who had struck gold- and because the blurb promised a vampire. As I read it I realised this was a vampire human romance between two school age wizards. 🙂 It’s amusing just […]Read more "Carry On by Rainbow Rowell"
Language swings and dances in this short story collection by Junot Diaz. He’s probably been popular at least since 2007 but I never wanted to buy him. Day before I finally did and today I polished off the last couple of chapters, licked my lips and am now greedily considering buying another of his books. […]Read more "This is How You Lose Her"
While reading To Kill a Mockingbird I can always hear Mary Badham’s sweet, singsong “Atti-cus!” running through every line- Gregory Peck shows up in character on every page. I came to the book from watching the odd scene or two from the movie and the gulping, hydrophobic dog scene or the last scenes with […]Read more "To Kill a Mockingbird"
I think this is a great book for fans of Diana Wynne Jones. New comers should start off with The Chrestomanci series, the always beloved Howl’s Moving Castle, Fire and Hemlock, Dogsbody,The Merlin Conspiracy,The Homeward Bounders or Archer’s Goon. The marvel of this book is that you never notice two people writing it, because it’s […]Read more "The Islands of Chaldea"
Is a title that keeps up the spirit of its subject’s era but the book is not really scandalous and the tragedy seems to exist in the bare facts of her life (although Constance had plenty of reasons to be sad she tended to be rather a cheerful person) rather than coming through in personal […]Read more "Constance: The Tragic and Scandalous Life of Mrs. Oscar Wilde by Franny Moyle"
I have been reading and re-reading victorian ghost stories. Circa a hundred years ago, at Christmas, you were always supposed to tell ghost stories and I believe in dusting off traditions. M.R. James is great for this, you can find him on Project Gutenberg if you want to experience some fin de siecle chills. Also […]Read more "Collected Ghost Stories-M.R. James & Turn of the Screw-Henry James"
Found below review in my drafts. I read the book through eventually and liked it but can’t say much more. The setting is richly fanciful, the word pictures are striking not tedious. It’s a love story conducted through clever, carved, live but wooden puppets jerking fantastically over the stage. Chandresh Lefevre’s descent and revival was […]Read more "Night Circus"
This was pretty excellent. It was also an extremely easy read as I read it hodged-podged in the middle of a busy day but it was still easy to pick up and leave off whenever. Well, good books has vampires. Not lots of good looking ones- to get the appropriate eerie faerie spooky mood you […]Read more "The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman"