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"
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"
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"
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"
Jane Austen! *hugs* I hugs you Jane Austen because I love you. Sorry for the mawkishness, but years ago when I read Northanger Abbey I actually didn’t like the book. This was not Pride and Prejudice not Emma not Sense and Sensibility not Persuasion or even Mansfield Park. This was… I know not what but […]Read more "Jane Austen-Northanger Abbey Revisited OR The Reader is Prejudiced, don’t Blame the Reader"